Coronavirus

System Message Archive

Dear Parents, Students, Staff and Community Members: April 3, 2020

We have completed the first week of our new online learning model and, while we truly miss seeing all of our students in our buildings and classrooms, we know that the opportunities they had to connect with their peers and teachers this week brought some comfort and reassurance.

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Dear Parents, Students, Staff and Community Members: April 1, 2020

This week, we began the first phase of our online learning plan, which addresses the academic and social-emotional needs of our 166,000 students. Thank you for your patience as we work through this new model and staff and students begin to teach and learn in new ways.

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Dear Parents, Students, Staff and Community Members: March 30

Today, Monday, March 30, Governor Larry Hogan issued a Stay-at-Home Order to combat the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus). While the order prohibits Maryland residents from making trips considered non-essential (see the Executive Order), it does allow community members to continue to travel to our schools to pick up meals and instructional resources for online learning. Meal service will continue as scheduled this week at multiple sites. Additionally, MCPS will continue to provide supports and services to address the social-emotional, psychological and physical well-being of our students and staff

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All In: Doing the Best We Can For Our Students and Each Other: March 29

On Monday March 30, we will start doing school in a totally different way. We are a face-to-face organization that has incorporated digital tools into teaching and learning to varying degrees and in a variety of different ways over the past decade. But, we have depended on the fact that thousands of students will walk into schools and classrooms each day and interact with adults and with one another. All of that has changed until at least April 24.

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Dear Parents of Prekindergarten, Head Start, Pre-K Plus, and Special Education Prekindergarten Students: March 29

In order to accommodate prekindergarten students developmentally, distance learning will include paper activities to be done at home. A process will be developed to distribute the materials. Teachers will support these activities during live and recorded online lessons and will reinforce them during office hours. Teacher-led online learning activities will be no longer than 30 minutes, primarily focused on read-alouds and activities supporting mathematics and early literacy.

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Continuity of Learning in MCPS: Getting Started: March 27

On Monday, March 30, we are launching the first phase of our online learning plan. While our school buildings remain closed until April 24, our staff has been working hard for weeks to develop continuity of learning (remote/distance learning) plans that address the academic and non-academic needs of our students. Rolling out a remote learning plan in a system as large as MCPS will take coordination, collaboration, training and practice. Staff and students are being asked to teach and learn in new and unfamiliar ways. We must be patient with each other and understand that the system won’t be perfect and we will need to adjust as we go.

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Important Update for Parents/Guardians of Students with Individualized Education Programs or Section 504 Plans, March 27

We know that families of students with Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) and accommodations under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Section 504) have many questions. Throughout the last few weeks, the Office of Special Education, the Resolution and Compliance Unit, and the Office of the General Counsel have been collaborating with local and state education agencies to determine a thoughtful, measured approach to implement the continuity of learning. As the instructional environment shifts from in-person to online, students and teachers will need time to adjust.

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Changes to the School Calendar and Information on Phase One of Remote Learning in MCPS

In this message are some important updates regarding the 2019-2020 school year calendar and the first phase of our continuity of learning plan. Rolling out a remote learning plan in a district as large as MCPS will undoubtedly take a significant amount of training and coordination. We have some of the best teachers, support staff and administrators in the nation and they are up to the task. We are confident that instruction in our new model will be delivered successfully and effectively.

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Extended Closure Until April 24 and Laptop Distribution for Students Beginning Thursday, March 26

Due to the extended closure of schools until April 24, MCPS is providing laptops to students in need to ensure they can access instruction from home. Laptop distribution will begin Thursday, March 26. Devices are in limited supply and are reserved for students who do not have access to a computer or laptop at home.

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NEW MCPS Community Message: All In This Together - March 22, 2020

It’s Sunday, March 22, and we are a little more than a week into this new world we are in. With all but a few states having closed all schools, we are experiencing a cataclysmic shift in how schools, communities and our society function. And the fact is, we do not know what’s going to happen or how it’s going to happen. We do not know how this will unfold. What we do know is that we are all in this together and we are better together.

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NEW MCPS Community Message: March 20, 2020

As we complete the first week of the state-mandated COVID-19 (coronavirus) emergency school closure, I hope you and your family are well and staying healthy. I know how incredibly difficult it is to find ways to establish new routines while navigating through the uncertainty of this challenging and rapidly evolving health crisis. 

We are hearing from many members of the community who have questions about services and resources for students and families; instruction and learning for our students; and the school calendar. We will provide answers to those questions as soon as possible through our community messages and on our website.

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MCPS Meal Distribution Expanded Significantly-March 20, 2020

Dear MCPS Community,

Meal distribution for children 18 years old and younger and all MCPS students will begin today at Brown Station and Greencastle elementary schools from 11 a.m.–1 p.m. Additionally, MCPS school buses will distribute meals today at the following locations: (please note the times).

  • 11 a.m., Great Seneca Creek Elementary School
  • 11:30 a.m., Climbing Ivy Drive at the common area
  • 12 p.m., Sweetgum Circle in Germantown
  • 12:30 p.m., Lullaby Road and Lullaby Court at the common area
  • 1 p.m., Waterford Hills Blvd. and Carlow Point Circle
  • 11 a.m., White Oak Shopping Center
  • 11:30 a.m., Francis Scott Key Middle School
  • 12 p.m., Hillandale Shopping Center
  • 12:30 p.m., Mt. Pisgah Lane and Hampshire Green Lane
  • 1 p.m., Forest Park Apartments

Additionally, MCPS is collaborating with Manna Food and will distribute weekend backpack food sacks throughout the county today at Damascus High School, Quince Orchard High School, Col. Zadok Magruder High School, Brown Station Elementary School, Clopper Mill Elementary School and S. Christa McAuliffe Elementary School. Distribution will take place from 10 a.m.- noon.


Community Message: Coronavirus Update-March 18, 2020

Dear MCPS Community,

We hope that you and your families are safe and well. At this time, Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) remains closed until March 27, 2020, as part of a statewide effort to limit the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus). Guidance from federal, state and local officials continues to indicate that school systems around the nation may be faced with an extended closure. While we do not know whether schools in Maryland will be closed longer than two weeks, MCPS staff continue to work on planning for long-term continuity of learning. Below are important updates for the community based on the information we have today, March 18::

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Community Message: Coronavirus Update-March 15, 2020

Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) continues to work closely with county agencies and community partners to navigate this dynamic situation and provide critical supports and resources for our community. As a reminder, the district will begin providing free meals to all school-aged children (18 years old and younger) tomorrow, Monday, March 16 at 20 locations. The meals, which will be provided in a Grab-and-Go format will be available from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. The locations are as follows:

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Community Message: Coronavirus Update-March 13, 2020

MCPS staff has been working diligently for several weeks to prepare for a closure such as this. Please know that this is a rapidly evolving situation that impacts many areas, including spring break, standardized test administration, Advanced Placement exams, and sporting events, among many others. Our staff will continue to work through these challenges and will provide details and decisions as soon as information is available. Thank you in advance for your patience.

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Important Community Update: MCPS Schools to Close March 16-27

Together, we are facing a significant health crisis in our county, state and nation. In light of the new guidance and decisions made by Governor Larry Hogan and State Superintendent Dr. Karen Salmon today, March 12, all Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) will close beginning Monday, March 16 and will remain closed through Friday, March 27. All school-sponsored activities, events, field trips and athletic events are also cancelled. Our administrative offices will remain open. Health officials have determined that school closures are a necessary and effective way to stop the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus).

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Message to the MCPS Community March 11, 2020

As the impact of COVID-19 (coronavirus) grows in the Washington area, MCPS remains committed to providing all families, staff and students with timely and accurate information, resources and updates about the coronavirus and how it affects our community and school operations.
Our schools remain open and instruction will continue as usual. As a reminder, decisions about school closures during a public health crisis are made by the Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services. If a decision is made to close schools, it would be shared with the community-at-large as soon as we are made aware.

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Board of Education Communications and Stakeholder Engagement Committee Meeting 11, 2020

This meeting discusses the latest updates to the MCPS response to COVID-19 (Coronavirus)


Deputy Superintendent Monifa McKnight Addresses Coronavirus at the Board of Education Meeting, March 10, 2020


Community Message and Update, March 9, 2020

As we shared in a letter on March 5, 2020, the first three cases of COVID-19 were identified in the state of Maryland and the patients reside in Montgomery County. Please read the county press release for more information. Two additional Maryland cases were identified on March 8. Of the two new cases, one of the patients resides in Montgomery County. County health officials continue to share with the district that they believe there is a low health risk for our schools and have determined that schools should remain open as normal at this time and instruction should continue as usual.

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Important Update: March 6, 2020 - Dr. Travis Gayles, Montgomery County Dept. of Health and Human Services Update


Important Update: March 5, 2020 - COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Cases in Montgomery County

Tonight, we learned that the first 3 cases of Coronavirus (COVID-19) that were identified in the state of Maryland are from Montgomery County. The patients are identified as a married couple in their 70s and an individual in their 50s. They contracted the virus while traveling overseas. State officials have shared that they do not believe these individuals have had contact with MCPS students. As you know, we have been preparing for this situation through our interagency coordination with the Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services and Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security. At this time, we are following guidance from the Department of Health and Human Services and our schools will remain open. As we move forward, we are preparing for the possibility of school closures in the future should this become necessary. We encourage all MCPS families to remain vigilant through this situation and consult your health provider if you are experiencing symptoms that you may believe are related to the coronavirus. We will continue to provide updates as this situation develops.

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Superintendent's Monthly Press Briefing 3/5/2020

Message to the Community: March 4, 2020:

The Montgomery County Council received a briefing from the Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and the Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security on the County’s coronavirus preparedness efforts. The Council received up-to-date information on the coronavirus (COVID-19) and discussed the County’s efforts to ensure the health and safety of all residents. MCPS leadership and other community partners and stakeholders participated in this important discussion. We encourage all members of our community to watch the briefing and read the key documents that were shared at the briefing.

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Montgomery County Council and Montgomery County Dept. of Health and Human Services Briefing 3/3/2020


Message to the Community: Feb. 28, 2020:

MCPS is committed to the health and safety of our students. In the last 48 hours, we’ve heard from several communities seeking information about the Coronavirus. At this time, there are no reports of Coronavirus in our community. The Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) has also informed us that to date, no cases have been confirmed in Maryland and there is no reason from a clinical standpoint to be alarmed.

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Message to the Community: February 26, 2020:

The Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and the Montgomery County Office of Emergency Management are closely monitoring the incidence of the Coronavirus in the U.S. DHHS has informed the district that to date, no cases have been confirmed in Maryland and there is no reason from a clinical standpoint to be alarmed.

Montgomery County Public Schools is committed to the health and safety of our students and is working with DHHS and other county agencies to monitor the situation. MCPS will be prepared to implement public health recommendations as required. Updated information will be shared with the community and posted on this webpage as it becomes available

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Estimados Padres y Guardianes,

Les escribimos para brindarles una actualización sobre el coronavirus y los esfuerzos del distrito para garantizar la salud y la seguridad de todos los estudiantes en nuestros edificios. El 25 de febrero de 2020, los Centros para el Control y la Prevención de Enfermedades (CDC por sus siglas en inglés) emitieron una actualización en la que declararon que, a pesar de que se detecta el coronavirus en los Estados Unidos, el virus no se está propagando por todo el país. CDC informa que el riesgo para el público estadounidense en general sigue siendo bajo. El Departamento de Salud y Servicios Humanos del Condado de Montgomery (Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services–DHHS por sus siglas en inglés) nos ha informado además que, hasta la fecha, no ha habido casos confirmados en Maryland, y desde un punto de vista clínico no hay razón de alarma.

Las Escuelas Públicas del Condado de Montgomery (MCPS por sus siglas en inglés) están trabajando estrechamente con DHHS y otras agencias del condado para monitorear la situación y desarrollar un plan de salud pública coordinado e integral para garantizar que estemos preparados si surgen casos en nuestra comunidad. MCPS estará preparado para implementar recomendaciones de salud pública según sea necesario. Se compartirá información actualizada con la comunidad en este sitio de Internet cuando esté disponible.

Como una buena práctica para resguardar la salud en general durante la temporada de resfríos y gripe, CDC recomienda que las personas se vacunen contra la gripe y que, para evitar la propagación de gérmenes y enfermedades, practiquen medidas preventivas todos los días, tales como:

  • Lavarse las manos con frecuencia, usando jabón y agua tibia por lo menos durante 20 segundos. Si no hubiese agua y jabón, se debe usar un desinfectante de manos que contenga alcohol.
  • Evitar tocarse los ojos, la boca y la nariz si las manos no están lavadas.
  • Evitar el contacto estrecho con personas que estén enfermas.
  • Quedarse en casa si está enfermo. CDC recomienda que las personas permanezcan en casa por lo menos 24 horas después de haber tenido fiebre o síntomas de fiebre (o sea, escalofríos, sentirse acalorado, apariencia ruborizada).
  • Cubrirse al toser o estornudar en un pañuelo desechable e inmediatamente colocarlo en la basura.
  • Limpiar y desinfectar frecuentemente los objetos y superficies que se toquen.
  • Tomar cualquier medicamento antivírico recetado siguiendo las indicaciones de la receta.

Información adicional para los EE. UU. Está disponible en el sitio web de CDC.

Atentamente,
Montgomery County Public Schools


School Updates

Dear Frost Families:
I have heard from several parents seeking information about the cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) in our county. As MCPS shared in a letter on March 5, 2020, the first three cases of COVID-19 were identified in the state of Maryland, and that the patients reside in Montgomery County. Last night, Maryland public health officials shared that one of the individuals who tested positive attended an event at The Village, a retirement home in Rockville, between noon and 6 p.m. on Friday, February 28. Health officials have asked that people who attended this specific event should monitor for symptoms and contact Maryland Emergency Management Agency call center at 410-517-3720. Please read the County release for more information.
MCPS leadership spoke directly with officials from the Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and they have shared that individuals from our school community who visited the facility days after the Feb. 28 event are not at risk of contracting the virus.  
While there is no specific concern for these students, all of our families should remain vigilant with their health and follow the CDC guidelines and best practices. More information about COVID-19, including the CDC guidelines, is available on the MCPS coronavirus webpage
Ensuring a safe and welcoming learning environment for our students is paramount. Have a great weekend. 
Sincerely,
Dr. Joey Jones
Principal
Robert Frost Middle School

Dear Parents and Guardians:

We have been made aware of a fake news story circulating through the community on social media suggesting a Richard Montgomery High School student has contracted the coronavirus (COVID-19). This news story is false. We are deeply disappointed that someone would create and distribute misinformation about such an important issue.

Any information about confirmed cases of COVID-19 affecting our county or community would come directly from state and county health officials and MCPS leadership. You can find more information about COVID-19, including FAQs and other resources, on the MCPS  website.

The health and safety of our school and students is our top priority.

Thank you,
Damon Monteleone
Principal, Richard Montgomery High School

Dear Wootton Families:

I have heard from several parents seeking information about the cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) in our county. As MCPS shared in a letter on March 5, 2020, the first three cases of COVID-19 were identified in the state of Maryland, and that the patients reside in Montgomery County. Last night, Maryland public health officials shared that one of the individuals who tested positive attended an event at The Village, a retirement home in Rockville, between noon and 6 p.m. on Friday, February 28. Health officials have asked that people who attended this specific event should monitor for symptoms and contact Maryland Emergency Management Agency call center at 410-517-3720. Please read the County release for more information.

MCPS leadership spoke directly with officials from the Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and they have shared that individuals from our school community who may have visited the facility days after the Feb. 28 event are not at risk of contracting the virus.

While there is no specific concern for these students, all of our families should remain vigilant with their health and follow the CDC guidelines and best practices. More information about COVID-19, including the CDC guidelines, is available on the MCPS coronavirus webpage.

Ensuring a safe and welcoming learning environment for our students is paramount. Have a great weekend.

Sincerely,
Kimberly Boldon
Principal
Thomas S. Wootton High School