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MCPS is hosting a virtual anti-vaping symposium from 11:30 a.m.–1 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 27. The event, which is open to staff, students, parents, health providers and community members, will provide information on the health risks of vaping, preventative measures and community resources that schools and families may access.
TutorMe.com, a new, free student online tutoring and homework help service, is now available in any subject for students in grades 3-12.TutorMe.com is a secure, online resource easily accessible through MCPS student Canvas and StudentVUE accounts and offers on-demand assistance. The TutorMe.com service provides assistance that aligns with the MCPS curriculum, including knowledge of new curriculum tools being implemented. The service maintains rigorous standards providing high-quality, diverse tutors, screened for excellence (including a criminal background check). The service is available 7 days a week, 24 hours a day.
In a letter dated February 11, the Montgomery County Board of Education and the MCPS Superintendent urge Governor Larry Hogan to prioritize disseminating vaccines to Montgomery County, the largest county in Maryland. Acknowledging that the Governor believes vaccines should not be tied to the opening schools, the letter stresses that vaccines will bring a significant level of safety as schools reopen beginning March 1. See the full text of the letter at the link below.
The Board of Education will hold its virtual business meeting Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2021. The public agenda will begin at 11 a.m. The meeting will be broadcast live on Comcast Channel 34, Verizon FIOS Channel 36, RCN Channel 89.
The Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) College Fair will be held virtually on Friday, Feb. 12 and Saturday, Feb. 13.Although focused on high school juniors, seniors and their parents/guardians, this event is an opportunity for students in Grades 8–12 and their parents/guardians to meet with representatives from more than 50 historically black colleges and universities. The event will include workshops and panel discussions on financial aid, Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) completion, scholarship opportunities and college life. Qualified seniors will also be able to receive on-the-spot admission decisions and scholarship offers during the event.
The elementary application process for the 2021-2022 school year opened on February 1, 2021 and will remain open until April 23, 2021. Any student entering grades K–5 in the 2021-2022 school year may participate in the immersion application process. To apply, select the “Apply Now” link on the World Language Immersion Program webpage to get started. An MCPS student ID number is required to participate in the application process. Contact your student’s home elementary school to receive an MCPS student ID number and review and complete the MCPS Registration Survey.
On Feb. 9, MCPS will share more information with the Board on the plan for students’ return, including an outline of what parents, students and staff can expect for in-person and virtual learning experiences and a timeline. The Board will consider a timeline for the return to in-person learning. The Board also will consider adjusting the school calendar to make March 8 a non-instructional day in order for staff to finish the preparation of buildings and participate in professional development before students return.
It's National School Counseling Week! Watch this short video to learn about the role of school counselors and how they support students and families.