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MCPS Updates & Communications Re: COVID-19

School Closures, Continuity of Learning, and Return to School 2020-21


November 11, 2020 Community Update; BOE has tentatively approved the MCPS framework for phased return of students to in-person learning. Find the link to the BOE discussion in this update: https://www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/departments/publicinfo/community/school-year-2020-2021/community-update-20201111.html

November 6, 2020 Community Update Email to parents, MCPS staff presented a proposed framework for the return of students to in-person instruction starting Jan. 2021 to the Board of Education. Learn more about the framework here: https://www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/departments/publicinfo/community/school-year-2020-2021/community-update-20201106.html

August 24, 2020  Email to parents of students with special education support: MCPS Email 8-24-20.docx

August 19, 2020 Flyer of webinars to support your child at home during distance learning, provided by MCPS Services for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders.  This is directed to families of ASD students who are diploma-bound:  Diploma Parent Flyer with Google link.docx

August 19, 2020  Parent Webinar Series from Technology Support in partnership with MCCPTA: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1S7qQJcm_zk4yQUtRPPZY7uoo16govBitrtMUPHljav0/preview?pru=AAABdDIsgRU*MRK10IEzQ1fA-PH5ywrdNA

August 17, 2020 Community Update -- Timeline and 3rd version of MCPS Reopening Plan: https://www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/mainstory/story/671677/Community-Update/

August 17, 2020 Community Update -- Adjustments to the draft plan for the 2020-21 school year, which starts August 31, 2020. Also note that one "Item in Process" is an effort to bring small groups of special education students into the classroom this fall:  https://www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/departments/publicinfo/community/school-year-2020-2021/Community-Update-20200816.html

August 4, 2020 MCPS IMPORTANT UPDATE --  MCPS releases updated draft plan and guidance document for the 2020-21 school year:      https://www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/departments/publicinfo/community/school-year-2020-2021/Fall2020-Recovery-Guide-20200804.html

July 21, 2020 MCPS IMPORTANT UPDATE -- MCPS to provide virtual-only learning for first semester: https://www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/departments/publicinfo/community/school-year-2020-2021/community-update-20200721.html

July 18, 2020 MCPS updates and CLARIFICATIONS to the DRAFT GUIDE based on questions and concerns received from the community-- also includes video response to questions: https://www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/departments/publicinfo/community/school-year-2019-2020/community-update-20200718.html

July 11, 2020 MCPS IMPORTANT UPDATE --  DRAFT GUIDE TO REOPENING THIS FALL:  https://www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/departments/publicinfo/community/school-year-2019-2020/community-update-20200711.html

June 28, 2020 MCPS Community Update concerning survey on re-opening school, summer reading programs, free meals, and more:  https://www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/departments/publicinfo/community/school-year-2019-2020/community-update-20200628.html

June 21, 2020 MSDE Updated Recovery Plan and MCPS parent survey:  https://www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/departments/publicinfo/community/school-year-2019-2020/coronavirus-update-20200621.html

June 14, 2020 End of school year message from Superintendent Smith with information about summer plans:  https://www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/departments/publicinfo/community/school-year-2019-2020/coronavirus-update-20200614.html

June 7, 2020 Update from Superintendent Smith regarding summer school programs, grading, school close-out plans and other topics:  https://www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/departments/publicinfo/community/school-year-2019-2020/coronavirus-update-20200607.html

June 5, 2020 Update sent to MCPS Employees regarding the Board of Education's May 28 meeting, where the Board received an update on Phase III of the Continuity of Learning Plan; discussed the Recovery Education Plan; approved a time extension on the Districtwide Boundary Analysis; and discussed the FY 2021 Operating Budget: https://www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/press/index.aspx?pagetype=showrelease&id=10451&type=&startYear=&pageNumber=&mode=

May 31, 2020 Update on the MCPS recovery plan, summer school, the Districtwide Boundary Analysis:             https://www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/departments/publicinfo/community/school-year-2019-2020/coronavirus-update-20200531.html

May 23, 2020 Important Updates oVirtual Commencements, Grading and Reporting, Summer School:  https://www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/departments/publicinfo/community/school-year-2019-2020/coronavirus-update-20200523.html

May 20, 2020 In this week's All In blog post, Dr. Smith has a discussion with five special education teachers who shared insights about their work and the innovative efforts they are making to meet the needs of students.  Watch the discussion here:   https://www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/departments/publicinfo/community/school-year-2019-2020/all-in/All-In-2020-05-20.html

May 17, 2020 Community Update at the start of Phase III of distance learning:  https://www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/departments/publicinfo/community/school-year-2019-2020/coronavirus-update-20200517.html

May 12, 2020 Update reporting the MCPS School Board's decision regarding grading policy for marking period 4 and the second semester:  https://www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/departments/publicinfo/community/school-year-2019-2020/grading-mp4-20200512.html

May 10, 2020 Community Update from Superintendent of Schools Jack Smith previewing Phase III of Online Learning and the Maryland Recovery Plan for Education, among other topics: https://www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/departments/publicinfo/community/school-year-2019-2020/coronavirus-update-20200510.html

May 6, 2020 Update, Governor Hogan and State Superintendent of Schools Karen Salmon announced that Maryland public schools will remain closed for the rest of the 2019-2020 school year:   https://www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/departments/publicinfo/community/school-year-2019-2020/coronavirus-update-20200506.html

May 5, 2020 Announcement from MCPS  of the plan for grading in the fourth marking period, which will be proposed to the Board of Education on May 12:    https://www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/departments/publicinfo/community/school-year-2019-2020/grading-mp4-v2-20200505.html

May 3, 2020 Community Update from MCPS includes information on the grading criteria for the 4th Marking Period and the district’s plan for monitoring student engagement during this time of remote learning.  https://www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/departments/publicinfo/community/school-year-2019-2020/coronavirus-update-20200503.html

April 27, 2020 Reminder from MCPS that tomorrow, April 28, in an instructional day for students.https://tinyurl.com/y86qfeny

April 26, 2020 Update from MCPS includes important information on grading and reporting, 3rd Marking Period report cards, online registration for new MCPS students, and more. https://www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/departments/publicinfo/community/school-year-2019-2020/coronavirus-update-20200426.html

April 19, 2020 Update from MCPS for week 4 of online learning features an overview of phase II of online learning in MCPS as as well as information on the grading and reporting framework for the 4th marking period. https://www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/departments/publicinfo/community/school-year-2019-2020/coronavirus-update-20200418.html

April 9, 2020 Update from MCPS for week 3 of online learning as well as additional wellness resources.  https://www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/departments/publicinfo/community/school-year-2019-2020/coronavirus-update-20200409.html

April 7, 2020 Message from Transition Services Unit:  Transition Services Letter.docx

April 1, 2020 Message from MCPS outlining plans for the second week (April 6-10) of online learning (also in Spanish):  https://www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/departments/publicinfo/community/school-year-2019-2020/coronavirus-update-20200401.html

March 28, 2020 Virtual conversation on phase one of the "continuity of learning plan."  If you missed it you can watch the video here in English:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JbTrMkVxaf0&feature=youtu.be&t=187 and here in Spanishhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SmOrdVZWkLU&feature=youtu.be&t=261

March 27, 2020 letter, updated and corrected on March 28 from MCPS with guidance for families whose student has an IEP or 504 plan.  This includes the corrected phone number for the AskMCPS phone line. https://www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/departments/publicinfo/community/school-year-2019-2020/coronavirus-update-community-20200327.html

March 25, 2020 letter from MCPS Superintendent Jack R. Smith announcing changes to the school calendar and providing information about phase one of the district’s continuity of learning plan, which begins on March 30:   https://www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/departments/publicinfo/community/school-year-2019-2020/coronavirus-update-20200325-2.html 

March 25, 2020 letter from MCPS Superintendent Jack R. Smith announcing that MCPS will continue to be closed until April 24, and providing information about the distribution of Chromebooks starting on March 26, for students who do not have a computer at home. https://www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/departments/publicinfo/community/school-year-2019-2020/coronavirus-update-20200325.html

March 22, 2020 letter from MCPS Superintendent Jack R. Smith.  Please note the online resources at the bottom of the letter.  https://www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/departments/publicinfo/community/school-year-2019-2020/allin-this-together-20200322.html

MCPS's "Instructional Activities Center."   Scroll down for ALO activities. Unfortunately, parents may have challenges getting access if they don’t know their child’s student ID# and password from school.  xMinds is inquiring about resolving these issues.  https://www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/curriculum/contingency/index.aspx


Check the MCPS Corona Virus Webpage for the latest updates and announcements from MCPS:  https://www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/coronavirus/

MCPS Continuity of Learning webpage:  https://www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/coronavirus/continuity-of-learning/

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