Here are six things to know for Thursday, June 16. They include a reminder about the last day of school, celebrating Juneteenth, summer meals, reminders about COVID-19, free vaccination clinics and more.
Last Day of School Is Tomorrow, June 17
Friday, June 17 is the last day of school for the 2021-2022 school year and it is also an early release day. All of us at MCPS wish you a happy, restful and healthy summer! Please “Stay Connected” to MCPS. We will send you reminders and information about the next school year throughout the summer. We will be busy with summer school, summer graduation and planning for the MCPS Back-to-School Fair, Saturday, Aug. 27 at Westfield Wheaton mall. Mark your calendars; the fair is always a great way to start the school year!
Originating in Galveston, Texas at the end of the Civil War, Juneteenth commemorates the end of slavery in the United States. The day is also known as Black Independence Day. We encourage you to reflect on the day’s significance and have provided helpful resources below to learn more about this federal holiday. Celebrating Juneteenth is important as we are reminded that one of MCPS’ core values is equity. MCPS believes that each and every student matters and outcomes should not be predictable by race, ethnicity, or socioeconomic status.
Summer School Lunch Free at MCPS Locations
Students in many summer school or recreation programs will be provided meals as part of the Montgomery County summer food program. The program ensures that students continue to receive nutritious meals during the summer months when school breakfasts and lunches are not available. The free meals will be served at approximately 175 sites throughout the county every weekday starting June 27 (start dates vary by site). All children 18 and younger, as well as persons with physical and mental disabilities up to 21 years old, are eligible to receive meals. Walk-ins will be able to go to open sites for meal service. All meals offer five components including a selection of fruits, vegetables and whole grains and must be consumed onsite. A list of locations including open sites for walk-ins will be posted in the next week.
Positive COVID-19 Case Numbers Continue to Decline
This week, the county Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) data dashboard shows a drop in positive case numbers. This is in part because of the important efforts of the entire community who have been diligent in wearing masks, washing hands and testing. Please continue these excellent efforts! COVID is still among us as we celebrate the end of the year. While cases are declining, metrics still show Montgomery County with a moderate rate of transmission, so our efforts to remain vigilant are still important. Let’s keep up the great work in our collective fight against COVID-19!<
If you have a child in an MCPS summer program, continue to report positive cases via this form: COVID-19 Google Reporting Form
COVID-19 shots are free and readily available. Make an appointment here.
Help a Student In Need by Donating to Annual GIVE BACKpacks Campaign
Consider donating to the 11th annual GIVE BACKpacks campaign to support the distribution of backpacks and school supplies to students in MCPS schools. We need your support, now more than ever, as the cost per backpack with supplies has increased to $15 due to supply chain and inflation issues and we have even more students who will need help accessing school supplies this fall. MCPS places orders throughout the summer with a goal of providing as many students as possible with a backpack with school supplies at the start of the school year.
Learn more and make a donation.
Survey About Out-of-School Time Open Until June 30
Are you aware that there are fun activities and opportunities available for students on non-instructional days? MCPS would like to know what the experience was like for those who participated and, for those who did not, what opportunities they would take advantage of. Parents and guardians in Grades 4 through 11 are invited to complete this survey to help improve next year’s program. The survey is open through June 30.
MCPS piloted the Out-of-School Time program to provide students and families with engaging options for students on days when school was not in session. These in-person and/or virtual activities supported academic skills, physical and emotional wellness, art and digital learning skills.
Learn more about the Out-of-School Time program.
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Email us: ASKMCPS@mcpsmd.org