Dear Parents, Guardians, Students and Staff:
Tomorrow, June 29, 2020, the Board of Education will continue its discussions on recovery of learning plans for MCPS for the summer and fall. We encourage you to tune in to this important conversation. The meeting, which will begin at 3:30 p.m., will be streamed live on the MCPS website and on MCPS TV (Comcast 34, Verizon 36, RCN 89). The Board will continue the discussion on our reopening efforts at its July 14 business meeting. As a reminder, our goal is to share a framework of the plan, as well as other important elements for reopening facilities and school buildings, with the community during the first two weeks of July. Thank you for your patience and engagement as we work diligently to build a comprehensive plan for fall 2020.
Below are reminders and updates on the fall 2020 parent/guardian survey, meal service plans for the summer, childcare in MCPS facilities, and the Montgomery County Public Libraries’ (MCPL) summer reading program.
Jack R. Smith, Ph.D.
Superintendent of Schools
Fall 2020 Survey: Your Feedback Matters!
MCPS has launched a survey to gather community input around key elements that will need to be included in the district's recovery plan for the fall. When completing this survey, please keep in mind that we are considering a number of scenarios, including continuing with remote learning; engaging in a hybrid model that includes some face-to-face instruction and some remote learning; and providing in-person learning with restrictions in place, such as physical distancing and improved health and safety requirements.
This survey will take 10 to 15 minutes to complete. All questions on this survey are optional. Your responses are anonymous and will only be reported in summary form. Please complete the survey by 7 p.m. on Wednesday, July 8.
Complete the Parent survey
MCPS Summer Food Service Program Will Provide Free Meals
Beginning July 6, 2020, MCPS will provide breakfast and lunch meals to all Montgomery County children and all MCPS students (regardless of age) at more than 60 MCPS sites across the county and 30 community-based programs. Meals will be provided at MCPS sites from 10 a.m.–noon at school sites and from 9–10 a.m. at bus distribution sites. No identification will be required for students/families picking up meals at the MCPS school, mobile or bus distribution sites. Meals will be provided four days a week: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday. For more information and the full list of sites, click here.
Child Care in MCPS Facilities
We recognize the significant impact school building closures have had on childcare offerings. Please know that our ability to reopen is constrained by the Maryland State Department of Education, current health conditions in the county and pending construction projects. Over the coming weeks, we will be working with local health officials and child care providers to determine how and where child care can open within the context of possible summer programs for students, restrictions on building capacity, and our work to prepare schools for reopening in the fall. All child care providers will be required to meet MSDE and other state and local health requirements, which include reduced capacity and physical distancing.
MCPL Summer Reading Program Open to All MCPS Students
Montgomery County Public Libraries (MCPL) invites all students to participate in this year’s
summer reading program, which will run through August 31, 2020. This year’s theme is “Imagine Your Story.” The program offers children and teens a chance to fill their summer with great books and fun activities. Students will have an opportunity to earn badges and prizes and enjoy fun raffles. For more information and to register your child, visit the MCPL website.