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Read the latest edition of the Superintendent's All In Blog, It begins...
I get a lot of emails. Hundreds on most days and sometimes, two or three times that many. Some of them are logistical; some are informational; and others are personal. Many messages come and go out of my email box, but some stick with me and change the way I view a situation or relate to others. These are the messages that really matter.
The Montgomery County Board of Education will hold a virtual business meeting on April 21. Public items will start at 10:30 a.m. Watch the meeting live on Comcast Channel 34, Verizon Channel 36 and RCN Channel 88. You may also listen on your phone via 1-202-860-2110 - Access code: 619 370 025
MCPS TV has created a series of mindfulness videos to deliver simple and effective tools to help children and adults of all ages manage anxiety and stress. See below for a link to the video series.
MCPS staff has been working diligently to develop a continuity of learning (distance/remote learning) plan that addresses the academic and non-academic needs of our students. Beginning Monday, March 30, MCPS will launch the first phase of our remote learning system that will provide students with structured school experiences. Please visit www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/coronavirus/continuity-of-learning/
Parents are not only learning new technology and assisting their children with learning online they are also learning how to talk to their kids about this pandemic. The MCPS TV program FYI explores these issues with Dr. Christina Conolly from MCPS Psychological Services
In this posting of Superintendent Jack R. Smith's blog All In, he reflects on our shared experiences as families and professionals. Our children are learning in new ways and our education professionals are right there making the experience engaging and meaningful. Read the full posting and see a video at the link below.
On Monday March 30, we will start doing school in a totally different way. We are a face-to-face organization that has incorporated digital tools into teaching and learning to varying degrees and in a variety of different ways over the past decade. But, we have depended on the fact that thousands of students will walk into schools and classrooms each day and interact with adults and with one another. All of that has changed until at least April 24.
MCPS is providing free breakfasts, lunches and dinner meals for children 18 years old and younger and all MCPS students (regardless of age) at more than 40 sites (including mobile sites) throughout the county. Additionally, MCPS school buses will distribute meals in several neighborhoods and county shopping centers.