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Montgomery County is hosting the annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. birthday tribute and celebration in a virtual program at 5 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 18. “In His and Their Own Words: Reflecting Our Past While Forecasting the Future” will honor Dr. King’s life through dramatic readings and musical and dance performances.
As the nation continues to reflect on and discuss the invasion at the U.S. Capitol building and ongoing threats of violence as we approach Inauguration Day, MCPS remains steadfast in its commitment to teach students about and modeling civility and respect for our democracy.
Schools are providing ongoing support for students as well as an opportunity for students to learn and have conversations about the election process, inauguration, race and other challenging global and national issues.
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 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: