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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:
The Board of Education Special Populations Committee will hold a forum meeting on August 27th at 6pm to discuss Special Education in the fall recovery plan - Please submit questions here: http://MCPSSubmitQuestion.org
The Board of Education will hold its virtual business meeting on Tuesday, August 25, 2020. Closed session will begin at 9 a.m. and the business meeting will begin at 12 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: 171 585 0060). Meeting is rebroadcast at 1 p.m. on the Saturday and Sunday following the meeting.
Nearly 100 MCPS students received their diplomas as part of the 2020 Regional Virtual High School Summer School graduation ceremony. MCPS offered a comprehensive virtual summer school program this year to over 5,000 students. The event will be replayed on MCPS TV (Comcast 34 (HD 998), Verizon 36, RCN 89 and is available on the MCPS TV Youtube channel.
As follow-up to the August 16 community message, which explained a shift in Montgomery College (MC) courses to begin before 9 a.m. and after 2:30 p.m., please note that this only refers to dual enrollment courses scheduled at the local high school, to avoid conflict with high school instructional periods. Students enrolled in these courses will be notified of course schedule changes by MC by Friday, August 21. For students enrolled directly with Montgomery College (not through the local high school), courses will follow the posted Montgomery College schedule. If students have conflicts based on the high school schedule, they should contact their school counselor or dual enrollment program assistant.
The annual GIVE BACKpacks campaign is pivoting this year to respond to the needs of our students. For just $10, you can provide a student in need with supplies for virtual learning, which could include, paper, crayons, pencils/pens, white boards, dry erase markers, and more.Not all students have the materials needed to learn at home. Your donation will help provide students with the necessary supplies to engage successfully in their lessons.