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The Board of Education will hold its Virtual Business Meeting on Tuesday, July 14, 2020. The business meeting will begin at 12:30 p.m. (Note time change), and closed session will begin at 9:00 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: 161 916 6127). Meeting is rebroadcast at 1:00 p.m. on the Saturday and Sunday following the meeting.
The MCPS Fall 2020: Reimagine, Reopen, Recover Guide provides an overview of a few of the recovery models we are considering at this time, in light of the information and guidance MCPS has received from the Maryland State Department of Education and from county health partners. This is just a draft guide and MCPS will continue to amend, adjust and improve upon these recommendations as it receives feedback from you—our parents, staff and students.
When I started my first day as superintendent of Montgomery County Public Schools four years ago, I knew I had an immense responsibility before me. The mission was clear. The Board of Education and I agreed that it was imperative for MCPS to maintain its long history of excellence, while increasing access, opportunity and learning levels for all students.
The second part of A Courageous Conversation on the Impact of Racism on Mental Health will be held online on Tuesday, July 7, from 6:30–8 p.m. The event will be hosted by Dr. Christina Conolly, director of psychological services for MCPS, and John Landesman, a coordinator in the Equity Initiatives Unit. This event will feature a panel discussion, and question and answer session.The July 7 conversation will focus on how people can get help and support with mental health concerns, as well as discuss how to eliminate the stigma of getting mental health support.
Julie Miller, a third grade teacher at Ashburton Elementary School, and Sheila Shea, a special education teacher at Diamond Elementary School, are this year’s recipients of the Shirley J. Lowrie “Thank You for Teaching” Awards. The annual “Thank You for Teaching” awards are made possible through the Shirley J. Lowrie Memorial Fund, established at the Community Foundation for Montgomery County. Lowrie taught for several years as a teacher and substitute teacher in California and Connecticut before relocating with her family to Potomac.
In this community update, Superintendent Jack Smith provides additional information on MCPS’ efforts to address the allegation of sexual assault, harassment and discrimination. MCPS is actively looking into the allegations to address them as quickly as possible
The Board of Education will hold a virtual meeting on Thursday, June 29, 2020. Closed session will begin at 1 p.m. Public agenda items will begin at 3:30 p.m. Members of the community can participate via telephone by dialing 202-860-2110 using access code 161 467 4178. The meeting will be broadcast live on Comcast Channel 34, Verizon Channel 36, and RCN channel 89.
Beginning this year, MSDE will add per-pupil spending data as part of the annually published school report cards. States must provide this information as part of the Every Student Succeeds Act, or ESSA—a federal law that seeks to ensure equity, accountability and a quality education for all public school students. A number of factors impact a school’s level of per-student funding. These factors include the number of students in the school, special education services provided, school designations such as Title I and Focus schools, and the experience level of the staff.