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MCPS and the Montgomery County Faith Community Advisory Council are hosting a virtual town hall at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 16.This event will be a family-focused community discussion on the status of virtual learning in MCPS with faith leaders of Montgomery County and school system leadership.
The Board of Education will hold its virtual business meeting on Thursday, Sept. 10, 2020. Closed session will begin at 9 a.m. and the business meeting will begin at 11 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: 171 208 6132). Meeting is rebroadcast at 1 p.m. on the Saturday and Sunday following the meeting.
Due to the emergency closure of school buildings this past spring, the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) requires all local school districts to administer a fall diagnostic assessment in math and literacy to students in grades Kindergarten through 12. MCPS will administer the Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) assessment to serve as the fall diagnostic. For the fall administration, MCPS will be using the virtual MAP assessment, administered at home, during a window in September and early October.
On Thursday, Aug. 6, the Montgomery County Board of Education voted to approve a virtual-only reopening for the 2020-2021 school year, which begins on Monday, Aug. 31. MCPS will work with local and state leaders in November to reassess the decision and make recommendations for possible in-person instruction beginning in the second semester, if health conditions allow.
Welcome to the 2020-2021 school year! MCPS is excited to welcome students back virtually on Monday, Aug. 31. MCPS is reimagining every aspect of its work to provide all students with needed supports, flexibility, dynamic instruction and extracurricular activities that will keep students engaged and thriving. Have a wonderful school year!
As MCPS prepares to implement a fully virtual instructional model this week, we wish all of our students, teachers, staff, and families a happy school year. We understand that this is a challenging time in education, and we stand ready to support our students, teachers, staff, and families.Many other districts in the United States will be starting up their virtual learning models as well. This increased demand will likely challenge many online systems including Canvas (myMCPS Classroom), Synergy, Zoom, and other educational programs including LearnZillion, StudySync, and more. MCPS staff received numerous updates from our instructional technology partners and they have all worked diligently to ramp up their capacity to ensure a smooth start to school.
We thank Governor Larry Hogan and State Superintendent Karen Salmon for their guidance on the return to in-person instruction for local school districts. However, we are deeply disappointed by the last-minute announcement of this critical information for school systems. MCPS will begin the school year in a virtual-only instructional model on August 31, as scheduled. We know many in our community will have questions about what this new guidance means for our students. Please allow us time to thoughtfully assess these important developments and continue to prepare for a successful start to the school year.
Roscoe R. Nix and Arcola elementary schools, our innovative calendar schools, have been participating in full-day virtual learning since July 6. Learn about their experience during their scheduled 2020 summer session: