On February 9, the Board of Education voted to approve MCPS' 2021 Recovery Plan. Students in specific special education and career and technical education programs will return to buildings on March 1. Students in kindergarten through third grade will begin to return to buildings in phases starting March 15. Families will hear directly from their schools about their specific plans. Please note that the number of students returning to school, staffing and grade-level details will impact the type of experience your child’s school creates. Students remaining in virtual-only instruction will continue to engage with their teachers and classmates through established platforms. Students returning to in-person learning will experience a variety of instructional approaches to meet their learning needs .
MCPS will start to bring back small groups of students in specific special education programs and Career and Technology Education (CTE) beginning March 1. Additional student groups are currently scheduled to return to in-person learning on March 15 (Group 1.1). Students will remain in virtual learning until their phase begins. The rollout of phases is dependent on the successful implementation of the previous phase, as well as health and safety conditions in the county.
When students return for in-person learning experiences, it will look and feel much different from what they previously experienced in school buildings. How instruction will be delivered once students and staff return to buildings will be differentiated for students, given capacity restrictions and staff availability. In-person experiences will include a combination of the following models:
MCPS will continue to provide students with the technology they need to fully engage both in virtual-only and in-person learning.
Chromebook and Technology Support
Families can contact CommunityTechSupport@mcpsmd.org or 240-740-7020 Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. - 8 p.m. for Chromebook and other technology support.Chromebook repair sites |Hours of operation
Chromebook distribution for students and staff will continue to take place Monday through Thursday at 45 W. Gude Drive in Rockville.
MCPS will continue to make materials available for pickup or delivery to families, such as workbooks and other instructional supplies.
MCPS is upgrading the air filters in the mechanical systems of all MCPS schools. This ongoing project also includes installing air cleaners in the facilities that have HVAC systems that require supplemental measures for air ventilation. The district continues to address preventive maintenance required for infrastructure and systems as well as a backlog of needed repairs and key improvement projects. You can view the progress of this work on this webpage.
The Children’s Opportunity Fund and the Black and Brown Coalition for Educational Equity and Excellence are coordinating low-cost childcare and distance learning support for MCPS students at facilities across the county. As students return to schools for in-person instruction, these services will be accommodated to the extent possible within space and capacity constraints in each school. Learn more at EquityHubs.org or by phone at 240-200-4999. Additionally, as students return for in person learning, approved childcare providers will offer before and after-care services to the extent possible. Individual school plans will provide families with more details about these opportunities.
MCPS has developed a long-range plan to address the unlearned content that occurred during the Continuity of Learning phase of the pandemic in 2020. The plan also addresses the curriculum standards that were intentionally compacted, reduced or removed in order to adapt to the virtual learning schedule. The multi-year plan will focus on meeting the needs of struggling learners and will also determine how to best identify students who need accelerated courses.
MCPS will implement the following health and safety practices across all schools and offices:
Health questionnaire for staff and students
Face coverings will be required and provided as needed to staff and students.
Access to schools will be limited to students and staff as much as possible.
Hand sanitizer will be provided, with hand sanitizing stations at building entrances, and in classrooms and shared spaces.
There will be increased spacing in the building and in classrooms with fewer students in spaces. Classroom layouts and arrival and dismissal processes will be modified to maintain physical distancing.
Students and staff will receive training on COVID-19 prevention practices, including physical distancing and face covering use. Signage and ongoing communication will supplement and reinforce training.
Hand-washing will be encouraged throughout the day and required before and after meals
MCPS will increase ordering of all school supplies to eliminate sharing, particularly at the elementary level.
School administrators will be provided ongoing support to ensure effective systemwide implementation of health and safety practices.
MCPS will continue to provide Chromebooks and other devices to students as needs are identified.
Increased ordering of containers to provide storage space for students in classrooms.
Frequent cleaning of all MCPS schools, facilities and buses.
We must all do our part to prevent the transmission of the COVID-19 virus in our schools. This includes participating in school-provided COVID-19 testing to identify cases where the student or staff member may not be showing symptoms. Tests will be provided for all students and staff on a weekly basis. Each swab will be placed in a common tube for that classroom or group and sent off to a central testing laboratory. The test detects whether the virus that causes COVID-19 is present in that pooled sample. Schools will receive results within 2-3 days. If you do not complete the consent form, your child will not be able to participate in the testing.
COVID-19 Pool Testing began in a few schools on March 25, 2021, and is continuing across the district on a rolling basis. Elementary schools are being prioritized for testing. The following is the schedule for testing through April.The May calendar will be available by Monday, April 26, 2021. This schedule is being developed in a rolling format as it is contingent upon the placement of health contractors in schools to implement the testing on a school’s recurring testing day.ELEMENTARY SCHOOL SCHEDULE Middle SCHOOL SCHEDULE HIGH SCHOOL SCHEDULE
When a person who has tested positive for COVID-19 stays home and away from others. Even when there are no symptoms, it is important to isolate to reduce the risk of exposure and potential transmission. Previously, MCPS required individuals who tested positive for COVID-19 to isolate for 14 days. In alignment with CDC, Maryland Department of Health and Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services guidelines, the required isolation period is now 10 days.
When someone who has been exposed to an individual positive for COVID-19 stays home and self-monitors for symptoms. Quarantine reduces transmission by separating those who have been exposed to the virus. Previously MCPS required those exposed to COVID-19 to quarantine for 14 days. In alignment with the CDC, Maryland Department of Health and Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Service guidelines, the required quarantine period is reduced to 10 days if:
Note: Children younger than 5 years old and those with a disability or medical condition that makes wearing a face covering unsafe MUST quarantine for 14 days.
Students and staff who are fully vaccinated (two weeks past their last dose) are exempt from quarantine if they have direct contact with someone who has tested positive or is suspected to have COVID-19.
In addition to providing meals for students receiving in-person instruction, MCPS will continue to provide
breakfast and lunch meals to students at designated food distribution sites throughout the county.
More information will be posted on the MCPS Meal Service website. .
Encourage students to bring their own meals as feasible, or serve individual grab-and-go meals in classrooms and in flexible spaces like the cafeteria, while ensuring the safety of children with food allergies.
We will enforce strict hand-washing with soap and water after meals.
We will disinfect surfaces regularly.
We will continue to practice the “do not share” food policy among students.
Before school resumes, teachers and school leaders will review food allergy and 504 plans for all children with food allergies.
MCPS will continue to use a traditional letter grade grading system. Based on feedback received throughout the first semester, teachers at the secondary level have been provided with updated guidance that promotes greater flexibility with due dates and deadlines, and careful attention to student workload and the number of graded assignments that students are expected to complete.
Also at the secondary level, middle and high school students are able to take up to two courses Credit/No Credit (Pass/Fail) in courses not specifically required for graduation, using MCPS Form 270-32, High School or MCPS Form 270-32A, Middle School. This includes Certificate of Merit courses that are not required for graduation. Students/parents/guardians will have until the beginning of the fourth marking period to make the decision about Credit/No Credit or withdraw from a course, without notation on the transcript (extended from the 25th day of the semester). In addition, students/parents/guardians will be permitted to retroactively apply the Credit/No Credit option to courses taken during the first semester of the 2020-21 school year.
Students are expected to attend all classes in which they are enrolled. A student will be marked present for a class in one of three ways:
Attendance will continue to be recorded in the student information system and will be visible to parents through the parent portal. In addition, ConnectEd calls and other parent outreach will occur regularly to inform parents if their child has not attended.
Parents/guardians must submit a note, phone call, or email to the attendance secretary if a student will be absent for a full or partial school day. All absences for which no documentation is received (i.e., parent note, doctor’s note) will be listed as unexcused.
The student engagement monitoring program mobilizes staff and resources across the district to meet individual student and family needs. The district tracks individual student engagement at the school and central office level and developing specific outreach plans to address student needs and connect with families who are struggling to engage in virtual learning.
NOTE: Montgomery County Board of Education policies and MCPS regulations remain in effect as stated on the policies and regulation webpage. However, Board of Education resolutions and procedures in this Recovery of Education Guide may call for temporary adjustments to stated policies and procedures for the duration of the MCPS response to COVID-19, and those adjustments supersede existing policies and regulations.
Dear Parents, Guardians and Students:
Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) is collaborating with student, parent and community stakeholders to plan for potential in-person graduation ceremonies in June. More information about commencement ceremonies will be shared by April 15.
We also want to provide an update on the planning and initial considerations for other senior activities and events, such as prom. Ensuring the safety of students is our top priority and all state, county and district safety guidelines and processes must be followed for any in-person event, whether indoors or outdoors. At this time, while the state has lifted many of its restrictions on venue capacity, Montgomery County still has restrictions on the number of people who can gather at restaurants, conferences and event spaces. You can view details of those restrictions here..
As an alternative to traditional indoor prom events, MCPS is planning to hold outdoor events on our high school campuses in May. The current proposal is for a Senior Unity Day that would focus exclusively on 12th grade students and allow for an in-person social event. The district is working with stakeholders to discuss and design what this event could look like. Health and safety guidelines will play a significant role in the design of this program. We look forward to celebrating the accomplishments of the Class of 2021 and will keep you updated.
Montgomery County Public Schools has developed several instructional experiences that students will participate in as MCPS begins to transition some students to in-school learning.
As MCPS plans for in-person instruction, the health and safety of students and staff remains a top priority. This video outlines the planned approach for safely returning groups of students to school.
Safety is MCPS’s primary concern as the district thinks through and considers the return of students to schools. Getting to, getting into, and being in school will have to be done in new ways when students return to our school buildings. Watch this video for an overview of a few of the recovery models we are considering at this time.
An explanation of the procedures in place for the safety of all players, coaches, and spectators as they return to campus for athletics.