Reopening 2021 → What to Expect: MCPS Virtual Academy
The MCPS interscholastic athletics program will fully resume in-person operations in the fall, in alignment with MCPS procedures and protocols for COVID-19 safety and per the recommendations of the COVID-19 Task Force for MCPS Athletics. Student-athletes, staff members, spectators and all stakeholders will be expected to follow the procedures and protocols outlined in the most current version of the Return to R.A.I.S.E. strategic plan. This plan aligns with guidelines released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Maryland State Department of Education, the Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association, and Montgomery County.
The COVID-19 Athletics Information webpage provides the latest updates on program operations and will be updated as needed throughout the school year, to ensure compliance with the latest guidelines and recommendations.
The MCPS extracurricular and fine arts programs will fully resume in-person operations in the fall within the guidelines of MCPS’ current procedures and protocols for COVID-19 safety. Students, staff and guests will be expected to follow the MCPS mitigation strategies to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
MCPS curriculum and instructional office staff have created a guidance document that is content-focused, but shares appropriate considerations and expectations for COVID-19 safety for in-person engagement for both curricular and extracurricular activities. Dance ensembles/classes, drama clubs/classes, choral and instrumental music programs are expected to follow specific guidelines for COVID-19 safety. Singing and instrumental music produced by woodwind or brass instruments are thought to be higher-risk activities for COVID-19 spread due to the aggressive expelling of fine aerosols. Extra precautions will be expected for vocalists and instrumental musicians when participating to include face coverings, special singer or musician masks, instrument bell covers, social distancing and hand hygiene.
The MCPS Student Leadership and Extracurricular Activities Unit webpage provides the latest updates on program operations, school-specific extracurricular activity program information and the online student-to-student extracurricular activity experiences. Updates can also be found in the MCPS Extracurricular and Fine Arts Programs Updates document.
Students will earn credit towards earning the MCPS Certificate of Student Engagement.