Supports for Students


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MCPS will address the physical, social, and psychological needs of students, families, and staff through central office- based and school-based programs and initiatives. The Be Well 365 90-Day Recovery plan provides steps for schools to take to address community concerns around school safety, social-emotional learning and interventions, staff members supports, and family and community supports to ensure that staff and students can return to a psychologically-safe learning environment. Social emotional learning (SEL) lessons will be conducted as both stand-alone and integrated throughout Kindergarten through Grade 12 lessons.

The Student Leadership and Extracurricular Activities Unit is working on a new webpage that would outline independent activities, as well as school based and local school system programs. This will include student-to-student content, a leadership development series and additional means for students to build their personal and professional skills.

  • SEL lessons will focus on cultivating healing, empathy, resiliency, managing stressors and anxieties to support the learning process for students.
  • Synchronous Kindergarten–Grade 12 SEL lessons will be developed focusing on the Collaborative for Academic and Social Emotional Learning (usually referred to as CASEL) five core competencies: self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills, and responsible decision-making.
  • Schools have the option to integrate mindfulness activities at the start or end of their schedule to support student stress management and support students focusing during the start of their day. Examples of mindfulness activities are available online on the Be Well 365 webpage.
  • As school schedules are developed and finalized, the goal is to have 30–60 minutes dedicated to SEL’s each day at all levels.  This can include a morning mindfulness activity, either stand-alone and/or integrated Kindergarten–Grade 12 SEL lessons, and an afternoon check-in.
  • All live instruction will be recorded and made available to students and families unable to access live classes at the scheduled time. Precautions will be taken to ensure confidentiality and privacy.

Students will also have access to workshops, virtual chats and other activities that address their concerns and questions on topics, including wellness, self-management, and race and equity.

Support for Parents/Families


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MCPS is committed to equipping parents/guardians with the resources, tools and information they need to help their child(ren) succeed during this period of virtual-only learning. Parents will have access to 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, navigating the technology and much more.

 Fall Checklist for Parents/Guardians and Families

Supports for Staff

Well-being

MCPS is committed to the physical, social and psychological well-being of its more than 24,000 employees. As we Professional development will be provided to staff on a wide range of topics including establishing a culturally responsive environment for all students, technology, setting online learning expectations, and social emotional learning.  to navigate working remotely and coping with the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s especially important that we care for our mental, emotional and physical health. The district launched the BeWell 365 Staff Page  to provide ongoing support and resources for your work, home and personal concerns

Professional Development

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 course offerings.

Technology

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.