Frequently Asked Questions

PLEASE NOTE: MCPS is currently on a remote learning schedule.
Some questions/answers have been crossed out because they do not pertain to online learning.


What are school hours? (Bell Schedules: regular, early and late)

Click for Bell Schedules

How do I find out if the school is starting late or releasing early?

Check the MCPS website or sign up for e-mail notification with MCPS Quick Notes


What do I do if my child will be absent for the school day?

Call the school (240-740-4330) to report the child's name, teacher and reason for the absence.
OR report the absence using our website link.


If I know my child will be absent in advance, what do I do?

Write the teacher a note the day before the absence. Absences longer than a week require a letter to the Principal for approval.


When my child returns to school after an absence, what do I do?

The child must return with a note explaining the absence. The dates and your signature are required. The note is to be given to the teacher. A note must explain every day of absence or the child will be marked with an unexcused absence.

 How do I contact my child's teacher if I have a question or want to schedule a conference?

You may email the teacher. Please provide the teacher with a phone number and convenient times for you to speak.  See the staff directory for email addresses.


 How do I receive information about my child's class and Maryvale activities or events?

Folders are sent home with your child with information from teachers, administration, MCPS, or the community. Every month the administration distributes the Maryvale news with dates of upcoming events. At least once per month, teachers send home grade level information regarding classroom curriculum. The PTA Newsletter is distributed once a month. You can also sign up for PTA information by e-mailing the PTA.


 How can I volunteer at the school?

There are many ways to volunteer at or for the school. The PTA coordinates most volunteer needs. Please check the PTA website for Volunteer opportunities and contact the Volunteer Coordinator. All volunteers must sign in at the front office upon arrival.  ALL volunteers must complete a child abuse and neglect training.  A print out of the training certificate must be on file in the main office prior to any volunteer work. (


 What's for lunch today?

The lunch menu can be found on the MCPS Cafeteria website. It is also sent home monthly.