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MCPS staff has been working diligently to develop a continuity of learning (distance/remote learning) plan that addresses the academic and non-academic needs of our students. Beginning Monday, March 30, MCPS will launch the first phase of our remote learning system that will provide students with structured school experiences. Please visit www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/coronavirus/continuity-of-learning/
Parents are not only learning new technology and assisting their children with learning online they are also learning how to talk to their kids about this pandemic. The MCPS TV program FYI explores these issues with Dr. Christina Conolly from MCPS Psychological Services
In this posting of Superintendent Jack R. Smith's blog All In, he reflects on our shared experiences as families and professionals. Our children are learning in new ways and our education professionals are right there making the experience engaging and meaningful. Read the full posting and see a video at the link below.
On Monday March 30, we will start doing school in a totally different way. We are a face-to-face organization that has incorporated digital tools into teaching and learning to varying degrees and in a variety of different ways over the past decade. But, we have depended on the fact that thousands of students will walk into schools and classrooms each day and interact with adults and with one another. All of that has changed until at least April 24.
MCPS is providing free breakfasts, lunches and dinner meals for children 18 years old and younger and all MCPS students (regardless of age) at more than 40 sites (including mobile sites) throughout the county. Additionally, MCPS school buses will distribute meals in several neighborhoods and county shopping centers.
March 25, Governor Larry Hogan and State Superintendent of Schools Karen Salmon announced that Maryland public schools will be closed until April 24, 2020. While this news is not what we want or unexpected, it is the right thing to do as we are facing an unprecedented health crisis. Please visit our website and to stay up-to-date on the latest information.
The Montgomery County Board of Education will hold a virtual business meeting on March 23. Public items will start at 3 p.m. Watch the meeting live on Comcast Channel 34, Verizon Channel 36 and RCN Channel 88. You may also listen on your phone via 1-650-479-3208 Access code: 644 248 850
MCPS has established multiple locations around the county where children up to 18 years old can receive breakfast, lunch and dinner. No appointment is necessary. Meals will be provided in a grab-and-go format, and will be available Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.