Download: Interim Guidelines for Navigating COVID-19
On Monday, March 30, Governor Larry Hogan issued a Stay-at-Home Order to combat the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus).
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The following information provides you with guidance about the use of operations staff and the ability to resume hiring processes so that our schools are adequately staffed with the very best in preparation for the 2020-2021 school year. The following information will assist you in moving these processes forward.
Part 2 of tonight’s update focuses on guidance for the use of operations staff and information about moving our hiring processes into a virtual environment.
The following information provides you with guidance about the use of operations staff in the coming week. If you have any questions, please contact Andrew_Zuckerman@mcpsmd.org.
Many of you have expressed concern about the ability to resume hiring processes so that our schools are adequately staffed with the very best in preparation for the 2020-2021 school year. The following information will assist you in moving these processes forward.
Internal interviews for positions (Teachers, and supporting services) can begin tomorrow, March 30, 2020. Initial resources are attached to support you with virtual interviews. Additional resources about virtual interviews will be provided later in the week.
Timelines for Interviews for school-based administrator positions will be decided upon later this week.
Contact Caitlin Moriarty Caitlin_M_Moriarty@mcpsmd.org with questions about administrator interviews and hiring.
Contact Dana Edwards Dana_E_Edwards@mcpsmd.org or Stacey Kopnitsky Stacey_A_Kopnitsky@mcpsmd.org with questions about teacher and supporting services staffing interviews.
The dates and activities for the A&S level positions, teacher, and supporting services staffing calendars are being revised and discussed with all three associations. The revised staffing calendars will be provided this week. This information will include dates for the involuntary transfer windows and assignment of priority placements.
Contact Caitlin Moriarty with questions about A&S staffing.
Contact Dana Edwards Dane_E_Edwards@mcpsmd.org or Stacey Kopnitsky Stacey_A_Kopnitsky@mcpsmd.org with questions about teacher and supporting services staff.
Long term substitute teachers will continue to fulfill their responsibilities associated with daily instruction of students. Long-term substitute teachers may engage in professional development and planning from March 30- April 1 to ensure their ability to provide instruction to students.
For the week of March 30- April 3, teachers should not place their approved absences into the Substitute Management System. Daily substitute teachers will not be used during this timeframe. All daily substitute jobs scheduled for that week will be canceled. A coverage plan for teachers who are absent from Monday, March 30-2020 Friday, April 3, 2020 will be developed by local schools. Staff who are not currently assigned to students will provide coverage to teachers who have approved leave.
Additional guidance will be provided about the use of daily substitute teachers later in the week.
Contact Amy Bledsoe Amy_R_Bledsoe@mcpsmd.org with questions.
The co-chairs of the SEIU, MCEA and MCAAP/MCBOA PAR Panels, all three associations and MCPS are working collaboratively to identify an alternative way of conducting PAR Panels. Once it is decided upon, notification will be shared with PAR Panelists and presenters.
The dates and timeline for the evaluation submissions are being revised and discussed with all three associations. The revised evaluation submission timeline will be sent out this week. We are aware that this is a critical week to submit evaluations.
Contact Yolanda Stanislaus Yolanda_Stanislaus@mcpsmd.org for questions about evaluation submission timelines.
The Consulting Teachers and Consulting Principals will continue to support their clients through virtual platforms. The Professional Growth Consultants will continue to support their 12-month employees, who are essential employees, through virtual platforms. The timeline for support for 10-month support professionals will be modified due the closure.
Contact Yolanda Stanislaus Yolanda_Stanislaus@mcpsmd.org with questions.
All mentor teachers will continue to support their mentees through a virtual platform. All mentors are still responsible for continued documentation of support. Information and virtual resources will be shared with all mentors across the district.
Contact Yolanda Stanislaus Yolanda_Stanislaus@mcpsmd.org or Geetha Kumar Geetha_M_Kumar@mcpsmd.org with questions.
Over the coming days, we will make every effort to move away from evening updates to morning updates as the pace and importance of information allows. As always, your director will provide a couple of WebEx options for you to join if you have questions about tonight’s two-part update. Thank you for your continued patience and all that we know you will do to ensure that your students, staff, and school community are supported at this very difficult time in our history.
Janet S. Wilson, Ph.D.
Interim Chief of Schools
850 Hungerford Road
Rockville, Maryland 20850
Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) is working closely with Montgomery County Government, county agencies, schools and healthcare providers to ensure that preparations are in place to respond to this evolving situation, and that the public is informed of current events related to the disease and our response efforts.
As an MCPS employee, you may have questions about how affects you and your workplace. Please read the following FAQs carefully to stay informed about the most current workplace policies regarding COVID-19. This is a rapidly evolving situation, and guidance may change without notice, although we will be working to update this information periodically. We are in touch with administrators and supervisors every day. Additionally, the Family First Coronavirus Act will be effective April 2, 2020, and MCPS will provide more information to staff soon regarding implementation of this new Act.
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