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MCPS Updates & Communications Re: COVID-19

School Closures, Continuity of Learning, and Return to School in Fall 2020

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:*MRK10IEzQ1fA-PH5ywrdNA

August 17, 2020 Community Update -- Timeline and 3rd version of MCPS Reopening Plan:

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:

August 4, 2020 MCPS IMPORTANT UPDATE --  MCPS releases updated draft plan and guidance document for the 2020-21 school year:

July 21, 2020 MCPS IMPORTANT UPDATE -- MCPS to provide virtual-only learning for first semester:

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:


June 28, 2020 MCPS Community Update concerning survey on re-opening school, summer reading programs, free meals, and more:

June 21, 2020 MSDE Updated Recovery Plan and MCPS parent survey:

June 14, 2020 End of school year message from Superintendent Smith with information about summer plans:

June 7, 2020 Update from Superintendent Smith regarding summer school programs, grading, school close-out plans and other topics:

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:

May 31, 2020 Update on the MCPS recovery plan, summer school, the Districtwide Boundary Analysis:   

May 23, 2020 Important Updates oVirtual Commencements, Grading and Reporting, Summer School:

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:

May 17, 2020 Community Update at the start of Phase III of distance learning:

May 12, 2020 Update reporting the MCPS School Board's decision regarding grading policy for marking period 4 and the second semester:

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:

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:

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:

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.

April 27, 2020 Reminder from MCPS that tomorrow, April 28, in an instructional day for students.

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.

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.

April 9, 2020 Update from MCPS for week 3 of online learning as well as additional wellness resources.

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):

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: and here in Spanish

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.

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: 

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.

March 22, 2020 letter from MCPS Superintendent Jack R. Smith.  Please note the online resources at the bottom of the letter.

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.

Check the MCPS Corona Virus Webpage for the latest updates and announcements from MCPS:

MCPS Continuity of Learning webpage:

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