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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.
The Montgomery County Board of Education has announced its selection of recipients for the 23rd Annual Awards for Distinguished Service to Public Education. The awards were established by the Board of Education to recognize and show appreciation for exemplary contributions to public education and to MCPS. More information on the awardees will be shared in the next few months.
Safety is our top priority as we think through and consider various options for reopening schools this fall. Getting to, getting into and being in school will have to be done in new ways when students return to our school buildings. Watch this video for an overview of a few of the recovery models we are considering at this time.
On July 15 MCPS hosted a live virtual conversation on the district’s draft recovery plan. MCPS senior leadership staff provided members of the community with a deeper look at the initial recommendations for reopening and answered questions from staff, parents and students. Additional Virtual Conversations will be held in the coming weeks and you can continue to share your thoughts and questions about the district's proposal by visiting www.mcpssubmitfeedback.org. A Spanish version of the conversation will be made available July 16. It will be posted on the MCPS website and on the MCPS YouTube channel.