Make sure your child has basic technology and access.
Get a Chromebook and/or WiFi hotspot (if needed) from your school. Principals will share information on pickup locations, dates and times directly with parents.
Visit the MCPS Digital Backpack webpage to learn everything you need to know to help you navigate the parent portal, plus other digital and help resources.
Parent Portal (ParentVUE) Activation. Beginning Friday evening, August 21, activation emails and letters for the new parent portal were sent to MCPS parents. If a parent has an email on file, an email with activation instructions will be sent (remember to check spam folders). If a parent does not have an email on file, a mailer will be generated and mailed to the parent address. If parents have difficulty with activating accounts, or if they do not receive a communication, they can contact the MCPS help line at 240-740-7020.
Write down or print out your student’s login information for easy access.
Check your home internet connection before school starts.
If you are experiencing spotty or poor internet connection at home, here is a five-step guide on how to troubleshoot it for free.
If needed, be sure to complete a FARMS (Free and Reduced-Priced Meals) application and map out your plan for accessing meals. More details, including a link to the online application, can be found here.
Prepare your child’s work environment.
Find a space in your home for your child to complete their work.
Some students and families feel more comfortable with greater degrees of privacy. One tip is to have your student position themselves to work with their back to a blank wall, so that only a plain background is visible behind them when they log onto class.
Plan for distractions.
Where possible, set up separate work zones in your home for each child.
Start preparing your child for full days of instruction and work.
Rise and shine. Encourage earlier sleep and wake times so your child is rested and alert for class. Eat a good breakfast.
Dressed and ready to learn. Encourage your child to follow the same morning routine as they did for in-person school. Remind them that they will be visible on screen to classmates and their teachers, so adhering to appropriate school attire is still expected and important.
Discuss expectations. Talk to your child in advance about expected behaviors, attendance and work responsibilities during the virtual school semester. Let them know of all the supports in place to help them be successful.
Review the virtual learning schedule sent by your child’s
Map out a family schedule around live instruction, self-paced work and student support that fits your family’s specific needs, including the needs of working adults in your household.
Reach out to your student’s teacher if you have questions in response to any communications they may have sent out in advance.
Plan your child’s learning schedule around your work schedule. For example:
Have your child work on more challenging activities when you are available to them.
Have your child work on independent reading and subjects that come easiest to them during your designated work hours.
Use to-do lists and planning tools that are age- and grade-level appropriate. Follow up to make sure assignments are done and submitted on time.
There may be times your child won’t be able to work on something without your help. Set aside another time to complete that particular assignment, and have them work on something else.
For full-time working parents, evenings and weekends may be the best times to be a hands-on learning coach.
Give your student brain breaks and exercise breaks. Tips and resources on student well-being will continue to be posted to the BeWell 365: Be Healthy, Be Kind, Be You BeWell webpage. Bookmark and visit that page often for the latest information.