Coronavirus → Reopening → Supports for Staff and Families
MCPS will continue to address the physical, social and psychological needs of students, families and staff through district- and school- based programs and initiatives. The Be Well 365recovery plan provides steps for schools to take to address community and staff concerns on a wide range of topics. Social- emotional learning (SEL) lessons will be conducted as both standalone and integrated throughout Kindergarten through Grade 12 lessons. School-based mental health staff members (i.e. counselors, psychologists, and/or social workers) are available to provide virtual individual counseling services to students. Student Well-Being Teams are available to discuss the attendance/engagement, social emotional, and resource needs of students and families. Student Well-Being Teams can be accessed through your child’s teachers, counselor, or administrator. When students return to school buildings, they will participate in a lesson that will discuss the impact of the pandemic and supports that are available to help them if needed.
MCPS will continue to provide parents/guardians with the resources, tools and information they need to help their child(ren) succeed during this recovery period.
Staff are available to assist families with connections to school system and community resources, including food, housing, physical and mental health. Families can reach out to the school counselor, school psychologist, pupil personnel worker, ESOL transition counselor (ETC) or parent community coordinator (PCC) at your school for more information or assistance.
Parents can access a wide variety of trainings, workshops and recorded video sessions on a number of topics, including social-emotional wellness, distance learning strategies and supports, maintaining positive parent-child relationships, and navigating the technology:
MCPS is committed to the physical, social and psychological well-being of its more than 24,000 employees. To navigate working remotely and coping with the ongoing impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s especially important that we care for our mental, emotional and physical health. The district launched the Be Well 365 Staff Page to provide ongoing support and resources for your work, home and personal concerns. Staff members may also contact the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) at 240-314-1040 for timely supports and resources.
Professional development will be provided to staff on a wide range of topics including, but not limited to, establishing a culturally responsive environment for all students, technology, setting online learning expectations, and social emotional learning. A professional
development webpage for
staff and families will be updated throughout the year with resources and
MCPS will provide staff with the devices and tools needed to deliver instruction. This includes Chromebooks, wireless hotspots (based on approved need), and document cameras. Staff in need of technology can pick up devices Monday-Friday 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. at 45 W. Gude Drive in Rockville.