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Based on the current guidance and in coordination with surrounding peer districts, the August 29 SAT administration was cancelled in MCPS facilities. Moving forward, we are working closely with the College Board and local health officials to provide opportunities for fall 2020 test administrations, if/when conditions allow. This will includes potential opportunities for school day testing in September/October; potential SAT Saturday administrations on September 26, October 3, November 7, and December 5; and fall ACT administrations. Please note that these test administrations will depend on decisions by local health officials as it relates to COVID-19 and school operations, and availability of staff.
Don't miss a Waymaking special virtual event in Spanish to examine the impact of racism on mental health. Hear from MCPS experts and receive information on how to change he mindsets and stigma around mental health. The live conversation will be broadcast on the MCPS Espanol Facebook page on Tuesday, Aug. 11 at 6:30 p.m.
MCPS will host three virtual conversations for the community on the MCPS Fall 2020 Recovery Guide—August 12 at 6:30 p.m. for parents and staff, August 13 at 7 p.m. for students, and August 18 at 4 p.m. for our Spanish-speaking community. The conversations will be streamed live on the MCPS website, MCPS TV and on YouTube. You can submit questions in advance by visiting www.mcpssubmitquestion.org.
MCPS will remain in a virtual-only instructional model through the first semester—January 29, 2021; or until state and local health officials determine conditions in our county allow for students to return safely after the first semester. The updated MCPS Fall 2020: Reimagine, Reopen, Recover Guide reflects this change and provides an overview of our virtual-only learning model for the first semester.
The Board of Education will hold its Virtual Business Meeting on Thursday, August 6, 2020. The business meeting will begin at 3:30 p.m., and closed session will begin at 1:00 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: 161 675 9729). Meeting is rebroadcast at 1:00 p.m. on the Saturday and Sunday following the meeting.
As part of our ongoing commitment to equity and excellence, MCPS students and staff can access anti-racist e-books and audiobooks through the Sora app, MCPS’ digital eBook and audiobook platform from OverDrive, without any wait time until September.
MCPS has determined that the safest choice for the school district is to remain in a virtual-only instructional model for the first semester and for the foreseeable future. This plan will be reassessed in November and will change only if state and local health officials determine conditions in our county allow for students and staff to return safely beginning in the second semester.
The Montgomery County Board of Education is proposing amendments to Board Policy JEE, Student Transfers, and is seeking public comment on the amendments. While the Board’s current focus is primarily on the challenge of recovery of education for the 2020-2021 school year, and the Board knows that plans for the reopening of schools for the 2020-2021 school year is also among the highest level of concern for students and parents, it is important that work that impacts future school years continue to move forward as well. Therefore, the Board is extending the public comment period for Policy JEE until September 1, 2020, in preparation for the Board taking Final Action on Policy JEE in the fall.