Out-of-School Time 

The Out-of-School Time (OST) is designed to provide students and families with safe and engaging options for students on days when school is not in session (after school, weekends, scheduled school closures).These in person and/or virtual activities will address academic skills, physical and emotional wellness, and digital learning skills.


Upcoming Out-of-School Time Dates

Schools will be closed on the following days:

  • Wednesday, Jan. 12 (Half-Day)
  • Monday, Jan. 24 (Full-Day)
  • Thursday, March 24 (Half-Day)
  • Friday, April 1 (Full-Day)
  • Monday, May 2 (Full-Day)
  • Wednesday, May 18 (Half-Day)

Out of school elementary

Elementary Schools

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 Out of school sec

Secondary Schools

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STUDENT SERVICE LEARNING (SSL)

SECONDARY SCHOOLS

Days off of school are a great opportunity to participate in SSL activities and support your community. MCPS has information on ongoing activities to participate in from the Choose Respect Video Contest, the Montgomery County Volunteer Center, to additional nonprofit-hosted virtual/remote and in-person SSL opportunities.

Upcoming Events in 2022

Opportunities for students ages 5-13 to learn and participate in a variety of sports and arts and craft projects.

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Kid-friendly healthy recreational activities for students ages 5-18.

 

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Events on 1/12/22 and 1/24/22

National Youth Day

Culture /  PK-12

India celebrates National Youth Day on January 12. This date was chosen to honor the birthday of Swami Vivekananda, one of India’s greatest spiritual and social leaders. He saw hope for the future in every child and believed that with “muscles of iron” and “nerves of steel” they could bring about social change. Swami himself personified the eternal energy of the youth and a restless quest for truth.


Girls Who Code / Code at Home Activities

Coding / K-12 Grade

Every week they offer a free new educational computer science activity, some online, some offline.

 


GoNoodle

Mindfulness & Movement / PK-5 Grade

Get Your Kids Moving & Practicing Mindfulness with GoNoodle®. Check out these fun, family activities, and blog posts to connect, get moving, and have fun with the kids in your life.


iCivics

Civic Learning / K-5 Grade

Meaningful civic learning through games, activities, a weekly planner, and tips.


InfiniTeach

Multiple Topics / K-12 Grade

Free digital worksheets designed for students with autism.


Digital Stage

Digital Stage / PK-12 Grade

Watch extraordinary performances from the Kennedy Center's stages and beyond, with new releases daily, special series and original stories. Explore our vast collection of thousands of videos.


Maker Playground

PK-12 Grade / On demand

Latinx activists take a stand against hate and injustice, targeting causes that are specific to the Latinx community, as well as those that intersect with other identities and cultures.

 


Maker Playground

Music / PK-12 Grade

What do you think of when you hear boom-ch-boom-chick? Say it aloud a few times in a row and you’re actually making the signature beat of a popular type of music called Reggaeton.

 


Maker Playground

KID Museum / PK-12 Grade

Maker Playground: Latinx Heritage Month

Mexican Cuisine is extremely popular in the United States and beyond. In fact, did you know that more salsa is sold every year in the United States than ketchup?


Maker Playground

Bringing People Together / PK-12 Grade

Take a close look around your neighborhood, your school, your city. Almost everything you see was designed and made by someone. Designed objects and spaces have the power to influence feelings, opinions, and thoughts. They can also bring people of diverse backgrounds and cultures together, and inspire change.


Future of Computer Science

Computer Science / PK-12 Grade

What technologies will we be using in the future? Using the historic speed of technological advancement as inspiration, develop your own idea about what the future will hold.


Machine Learning

Computer Science / 6-8 Grade

Did you know computers can teach themselves new things?


Computer Animation

Computer Science / PK-12 Grade

Computer animation has changed the world of cartoons.


Arcade Video Games

Computer Science / 3-12 Grade

Learn about the golden age of arcade games!


Data Art

Computer Science / 3-12 Grade

How can we use data to create art, make statements, and spark change?


Learning Heroes

Math, Reading, Life SKills / K-12

Resources from trusted organizations to help your child succeed in school.


Let’s Talk Careers

Career / 6-12 Grade

MCPS Let’s Talk Careers is a monthly live speaker series for experts to share their career path and industry expertise. The sessions will cover a variety of industries such as arts & entertainment, bioscience, entrepreneurship, engineering, government and restaurant management.
Middle and high school students will learn about:
-Various pathways to pursue a career.
-Skills and requirements to be successful in any career.
-Ways to maximize opportunities as students start to think about their own career path.


Careers in Mental Health

Montgomery County Public Schools / Careers in Mental Health

As part of the MCPS Mental Health Awareness Week, this live information session will feature mental health professionals talking about their careers.


National Geographic

Social Studies, Geography, Science / K-12 Grade

Learning activities, games and lessons in social studies, geography, science, and more for kids in grades K-12.


Black-Indigenous Youth Advancing Social Justice

Culture / PK-12 Grade / National Museum of the American Indian

Indigenous Peoples’ Day: Black-Indigenous Youth Advancing Social Justice

How are Black-Indigenous youth working to advance social justice? This Indigenous Peoples' Day program highlights youth of blended Black and Native heritage who use art, activism, and policy to advance Black and Indigenous solidarity and affect positive change in their communities.



Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial

History / PK-12 Grade / National Park Service

Located in downtown Washington, DC, the memorial honors Martin Luther King, Jr.'s legacy and the struggle for freedom, equality, and justice. A prominent leader in the modern civil rights movement, Dr. King was a tireless advocate for racial equality, working class, and the oppressed around the world.


Zoo Guardians

Zoo Guardians / Science / 1-5 Grade

Calling all animal lovers and budding conservationists: we’re recruiting YOU for the Young Guardians Initiative! Your mission: save species. If you choose to accept it, you’re in for a wild ride — caring for animals and combating the threats they face. Join Zoo Guardians, a mobile game where players build their own zoos, interact with animals through augmented reality, and learn what species need to thrive under human care and in the wild.


UnZoousual Careers

UnZoosual Careers /  K-8 Grade

Tune in from near and far to learn about animals, conservation and careers along with educators at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute. Students can meet staff with lesser-known or “unzoosual” careers in science, technology, engineering, art and math (STEAM) and explore various habitats, animal adaptations, lifecycles and more!


National Zoo

Registration is required

Science / K-12 

Activities You Can Do at Home

Find resources on science, the natural world, wildlife and conservation.


Oupoor Dream Jobs

Oupoor Dream Jobs Podcasts

Career / 6-12 Grade

Oupoor Dream Jobs is a podcast hosted by Ali Carr and Jenna Celmer, who run the Basecamp Oupoor Community (with 21,000+ members). It rounds up the coolest oupoor industry jobs of the week and delivers them — and why they're great opportunities — within 5 minutes. Plus, each week we speak to one guest from a brand about a particularly covetable position. This is a product of the Basecamp Oupoor Community.


Virtual ExCEL Academy Webinars

Multiple Topics / K-8 Grade

Offers free daily lessons for students with visual impairments. Qualified teachers from around the country present a range of lessons. You can call in via Zoom or connect via the Internet.


Read Write Think

Read Write Think / Student Interactives / 3-8 Grade

Engage students in online literacy learning with these interactive tools that help them accomplish a variety of goals -- from organizing their thoughts to learning about language -- all while having fun.


Reading Rockets

Reading Rockets / Launching Young Readers! / K-3 Grade

ReadingRockets.org provides free resources about teaching children to read and helping kids who struggle. You’ll find a hundreds of articles on teaching reading, classroom strategies, in-classroom video, parent tips in 11 languages, video interviews with top children’s book authors, a daily news service, and much more.


Introducing... Zitkála-Šá

Smithsonian Portrait Gallery / PK-12 Grade

Introducing… a new kind of story time! Each week we shine a light on some of this country's lesser-known history makers and their portraits. Join us on YouTube every Wednesday at 11 a.m. for Introducing… with a Portrait Gallery educator. Children will learn more about art, hear the stories behind the portraits, and even learn some new vocabulary. Select story times will be in Spanish. For children ages 3 and up and their families.


Storyline Online

Literacy / PK-5 Grade

Celebrety Readings

Videos featuring celebrated actors reading children’s books with animated illustrations.


Unite for Literacy

Reading (multilingual) / PK-5 Grade

Multilingual Library

Helping families build a daily habit of reading and support language and literacy development. Access free books in Spanish and English including narration in 43 different languages.


Washington Performing Arts

Washington Performing Arts / Performing Arts / k-5 Grade

Education and Exploration

Whether you’re new to the performing arts or a lifelong patron and practitioner—and regardless of your age—there’s always something new to learn. Practical skills, fun experiments and activities, historical and cultural insights, deep-dives into genres and styles: you’ll find these and more in this section of Home Delivery as our archive grows in the coming weeks and months.


Wide Open School

Multiple Topics / PK-12 Grade

Online Activities

Find activities to make every day a learning adventure.


Events on 1/24/22

Epraise Ecards

Baudville / National Compliment Day

Celebration / K-12 Grade

Epraise ecards are an easy, fun, and free way to make someone's day! Incorporate daily recognition into your life with any of the one-of-a-kind ecards!


National Peanut Butter Day

National Day Calendar / PK-12 Grade

National Peanut Butter Day on January 24th recognizes an American staple in our pantries. Whether creamy or chunky, with chocolate or with jelly, peanut butter gets the recognition it deserves each year on this day.


The Searchable Museum

History / PK-12

National Museum of African American History & Culture

The Searchable Museum

Black History month is just a week way. Take some time to explore the National Museum of African American History & Culture. The Searchable Museum is a place to explore history and culture through an African American lens.


National Compliment Day

National Today / K-12 Grade

On January 24, celebrate National Compliment Day by going all out with praise. The power of a compliment is pretty remarkable: either giving or receiving one can boost your happiness and confidence — making the act a win-win.

ON DEMAND ACTIVITIES

On Demand (These are pre-recorded experiences that students and families can participate in during days and times that best fit their schedules)

Maker Playground

KID Museum / Grades: PreK-8th

Explore the future of computer science, discover the nuances of machine learning, use computer animation to tell a unique story, and even create digital art using data. Maker Playground projects are geared for elementary through middle school kids and rotate each month.


Digital Stage

The Kennedy Center / Grades: PreK-12th

Watch extraordinary performances from the Kennedy Center's stages and beyond, with new releases daily, special series and original stories. Explore our vast collection of thousands of videos.


Harry Potter: A History of Magic

British Library / Grades: 3rd-12th

Presented by the British Library, dive into and explore the wonders of the British Library exhibition focusing on the history of the Harry Potter series.


Virtual Visit to a National Park

National Park Foundation / Grades: PreK-12th

Take a trip to a national park from wherever you are! Many national park sites across the country offer digital tours and experiences that you can access anytime, anywhere. From digitally diving under the sea to watching the cherry blossom trees bloom, there are countless ways to enjoy a park experience online.


Webinars

National Museum of the American Indian-Student Webinars / Grades: PreK-12th

The national museum of the American Indian has provided ten recorded student webinars hosted by native knowledge 360° on a variety of topics that supports student learning during Native American Heritage month.


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