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BOE Meeting 08-25-20 BOE Meeting 08-25-20

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.

Summer Graduation 2020 Summer Graduation 2020 Video story icon

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.

Dual Enrollment Dual Enrollment

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.

Give BACKpacks Give BACKpacks

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.

SAT EXAMS Cancelled SAT EXAMS Cancelled

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.

Waymaking Waymaking

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.

Virtual Conversation Virtual Conversation

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.

Draft Recovery Guide Draft Recovery Guide

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.