All SSL forms need to be emailed to Lesley_E_Stroot@MCPSMD.org
"On April 14, the State Board of Education voted to waive state testing requirements for high school seniors. They also voted to waive the requirements for Student Service Learning (SSL) hours.
Student Service Learning (SSL) Hours
Due to the current state of emergency, the due date for all documentation that qualifies seniors for Certificates of Meritorious Service and middle school students for the Superintendent’s SSL Awards has been extended to April 22, 2020. All SSL forms (MCPS Form 560-51: Student Service Learning Activity Verification form) should be emailed to the SSL Dropbox at email@example.com by April 22, 2020, to be considered for these awards. Any SSL forms that were previously submitted to school SSL coordinators will be entered by April 22, 2020.
Any high school senior who has submitted documentation to show the completion of 240 SSL hours or more by April 22, 2020, will receive the Certificate of Meritorious Service. This award requirement has been prorated to account for the period of time during which schools have been closed. Any middle school student who has submitted documentation to show the completion of the 75-hour SSL graduation requirement by April 22, 2020, will receive the Superintendent’s SSL Award.
We are strongly encouraging our students to put their health and safety first, and we recognize that there are a lot of concerns and anxiety around meeting the SSL graduation requirement, given that students do not have access to SSL opportunities during this time. Considering that this is a public health crisis and Governor Hogan has called for a state of emergency, we are sure that this emergency closure will be taken into consideration. Our state and local school district staff are collaborating on a plan to support students with their service-learning needs, and we will communicate additional updates regarding SSL requirements as they are determined."
SSL-Student Service Learning
Community Service is still a requirement for graduation. There are many volunteer opportunities. Check here for a listing of agencies currently approved by MCPS for SSL hours.
Remember that you must have pre-approval (560-50 request form) for all agencies not listed on the MCPS website BEFORE you perform the service or you will not receive credit for the hours. Remember to submit your hours (verification form 560-51 form) during the semester in which they were performed, or they cannot be accepted. It's a good idea to keep copies of your hours for your own personal records. Please pay attention to the deadlines.
- ALL FORMS MUST BE FILLED OUT COMPLETELY OR THEY WILL BE
- Please make sure you include your student ID number on
- Do not abbreviate or use acronyms for organization names
- Even though you have attached an email from the
organization, you still need to complete ALL information on the front of the
With a few exceptions, students may earn an unlimited number of hours in any given semester.
*Deadlines for turning in your SSL hours will be announced on the Morning Announcements and are below for each semester.
SYSTEMWIDE STUDENT DOCUMENTATION TIMELINES:
"Last Friday in September" September 30, 2016 : Documentation of service performed during the summer is due to the school-based SSL coordinator.
January 6, 2017: Documentation of service performed during the first semester is due to the school-based SSL coordinator. *This has been changed due to winter break.
"First Friday in June" : June 2, 2017: Documentation of all service performed during the second semester is due to the school-based SSL coordinator.
"Two weeks before school ends": May 31st: All Preapprovals for summer are due to the school-SSL coordinator. Preapprovals are good for one school year and therefore expire on May 31st of each school year. If you need to obtain a preapproval after this date, please fax your form to the county SSL office (301) 517-8166. If you have any questions over the summer, please contact the county SSL office at (301) 279-3454 or email: SSL@mcpsmd.org
Click Here for more information about summer requests/preapprovals
SYSTEMWIDE SSL AWARD TIMELINES: SENIORS ONLY!!!
TBA: Documentation that qualifies seniors for Certificates of Meritorious Service is due to the school-based SSL coordinator (these are just your hours. Make sure your hours are turned in. The process is automatic).
SENIORS ONLY: Deadline to turn in SSL forms is Friday April 7th.
- 560-50 Request/Preapproval form-- Submit at least two weeks before hours are served
- 560-51 form Verification--to turn in your hours
Forms to help answer questions:
- SSL in school sponsored activites
- SSL Opportunities with Community Organizations
- SSL and faith based organizations
List of current SSL pre-approved opportunities for students: http://www.montgomeryserves.org/volunteers/student-service-learning-ssl
List of pre-approved organizations: https://volunteer.truist.com/mcvc/org/dir-A-1.html
Updated website of current opportunities: www.woottonssl.weebly.com
Contact: Due to the number of calls and emails, please see the mcps FAQ and information above before contacting.
- Email: Mrs. Lesley Stroot: Lesley_E_Stroot@mcpsmd.org
- phone: 240-740-1527
- Office: Room 109
- Follow on Twitter for Postings of Opportunities: @WoottonSSL
Visit the Volunteer Center website to see the current list of Community Service Week projects.