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Superintendent Dr. Jack R. Smith has announced that he will retire from MCPS effective June 1, 2021. Dr. Smith will remain with MCPS until June 1 and will be fully engaged in guiding the school system as it works to return students to in-person learning as soon as health metrics allow and/or health guidance is adjusted as a result of vaccine distribution.
In alignment with the Board of Education decision to delay the return of in-person instruction, the PSAT for Grade 11 students scheduled for January 26 is also cancelled. MCPS is committed to providing ongoing access to college entrance examinations throughout spring 2021. For Grade 11 students, MCPS will be moving forward with plans to offer the SAT at no cost to students during the school day on April 13 or April 27.
On Jan. 12, the Board of Education voted to delay the start of returning small groups of students for in-person instruction from February 1, 2021 to March 15, 2021, on the condition that health metrics are met or health guidance is adjusted as a result of vaccine distribution. Several improvements will be made in the coming weeks that will improve the learning experiences for all students. The Board will meet again on Feb. 23, 2021, to determine if metrics can be met by March 15 for a safe return to in-person learning
The next Let’s Talk Careers event will be held from 10–11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 27, and is focused on the bioscience field.Featured speakers will be:Dr. Gavin Imperato, Medical Officer, U.S. Food and Drug AdministrationDr. Katharina Maisel, Assistant Professor, University of Maryland Fischell Department of BioengineeringDr. Stephanie Chung, Lasker Tenure-Track Investigator, National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, National Institutes of HealthMr. Aubrey Watkins, Director, Scientific & Technical Assessments, Emergent BiosolutionsYou can watch it live on the MCPS website or on MCPS-TV (Comcast 34, Verizon 36 and RCN 89).
The Board of Education will hold its virtual Business Meeting Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021. The open meeting items will begin at 11:00 a.m. The meeting will be broadcast live on Comcast Channel 34, Verizon FIOS Channel 36, RCN Channel 89, and by phone (Dial-in Number: +1-202-860-2110, Access Code:(178 302 1824)
The Board of Education will hold a virtual Operating Budget Hearing Monday, Jan. 11, 2021. The meeting will begin at 6:00 p.m. The meeting will be broadcast live on Comcast Channel 34, Verizon FIOS Channel 36, RCN Channel 89, and by phone (Dial-in Number: +1-202-860-2110, Access Code:(102, 102, 102)
Please read this statement from the Board of Education president, Superintendent and Deputy Superintendent on the riots at the U.S. Capitol building. Over the next few days, MCPS will provide support for students, as well as an opportunity to express their views in safe spaces:
Superintendent Jack R. Smith released his Fiscal Year (FY) 2022 Operating Budget recommendation Thursday, Dec. 17. The MCPS operating budget is centered on the district's core purpose of preparing all students so they may thrive in their future. The video release may be watched here or on MCPS TV Monday through Friday at 3:30, 7:30 and 11:30 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays at 12:30 and 7:00 p.m. or on the MCPS TV YouTube channel.