Here are five things to know for Thursday, May 12. They include reminders about COVID-19, online mental health and wellness resources, information about an upcoming LGBTQ+ town hall and summer program registration.
COVID-19 is Still Here So Let’s Remain Vigilant
Even though positive COVID-19 case rates are up in Montgomery County, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) maintains that the impact on our community is “moderate”. However, it’s important to remain vigilant and consider using the valuable tools that minimize the spread of the virus. It is strongly encouraged that you consider using your mask when out in the community, avoid large crowds, physically distance when you can, wash your hands frequently and stay up-to-date with your vaccines and boosters. Doing these simple things helps to keep you healthy and helps to keep the impact of COVID-19 lower in our schools.
Masks Are an Important Tool in Classes with Three or More Positive Cases
Consistent with Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services recommendations, MCPS has implemented some focused mask use in specific classes or schools, usually when there are three or more COVID-19 cases in a class.
To communicate with families, letters about positive cases that include advice about mask use, are sent home as necessary. Masks are an important tool to keep students and staff safe. MCPS is also sending additional take-home rapid tests and masks to impacted schools. Students and staff that are not up-to-date on their COVID-19 vaccinations or boosters may be required to quarantine per guidance from the CDC, Maryland Department of Health and the Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services.
REMINDER: Report any positive COVID-19 case via this link.
Find Mental Health and Wellness Resources Online
MCPS is committed to the physical, social and psychological well-being of its more than 160,000 students and 24,000 employees. You can find valuable district information and community resources for students, staff and families on the MCPS homepage. Learn more about the important positions that support mental health and wellness in MCPS and the investments made to support that work.
Registration for Many MCPS Summer Programs Is Open
MCPS is offering free programs for elementary, middle and high school students this summer. Most programs will be in July, and high school credit courses and the Extended Learning Opportunities (ELO) program in Title I elementary schools will be offered in June, July and August. Generally, in-person programs will take place in the morning through midday. Afternoon programs sponsored by county and municipal agencies and outside providers will be available in some schools. Learn more here or visit the Summer Programs website.
MCPS Pride Town Hall Set for May 21
The annual Pride Town Hall will be held from 8:30 a.m. to noon on Saturday, May 21 at Walter Johnson High School. Students and their families, staff, youth service providers and community members are welcome to attend. The event will feature workshops and a resource fair. The keynote speaker is Gavin Grimm, a nationally known advocate for transgender rights.
Walter Johnson is located at 6400 Rock Spring Drive in Bethesda. Shuttle service will be available starting at 8 a.m. from Seneca Valley and Paint Branch high schools.
Register to attend.
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