Parents, students, staff and community members have until May 22 to complete an online survey that includes questions about closing Montgomery County public schools on various days, including religious and nonreligious holidays.

The data from the survey will be used in the development of the 2019–2020 school year calendar, according to Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS). The school board asked MCPS to conduct such a survey to gather opinions about which days schools should be closed in response to Gov. Larry Hogan’s 2015 mandate that public schools open after Labor Day and close for the year by June 15. The mandate has led to challenges in scheduling the required number of instructional days along with state-mandated closures, operational closures and traditional programming such as spring break, according to MCPS.

Parents and guardians should receive survey invitations through e-mail or a mailed postcard with instructions to access the survey, MCPS said.

Paper copies are available at all MCPS schools upon request. Participation is voluntary and data collected will be anonymous and kept confidential, the district said.

MCPS ranks 45th on Forbes’ 2018 list of America’s Best Employers

MCPS, with its more than 21,000 employees, came in 45th on Forbes’ annual list of the country’s 500 best employers in the category of organizations with more than 5,000 workers.

Statista asked 30,000 Americans working for organizations with at least 1,000 employees to anonymously rate, on a scale of zero to 10, how likely they’d be to recommend their employer to others.

MCPS wasn’t the only school system to make the top 50; Howard County Public Schools was ranked No. 29.

Tire manufacturer Michelin came in at No.1, Trader Joe’s at No. 2 and Google at No. 3.

Registration for regional summer school opens Wednesday

Registration opens Wednesday for sessions one and two of the MCPS regional summer school program for students in grades nine through 12.

The program is open to all county students, regardless of whether they attend MCPS. However, blended or online courses are only available to current MCPS students, according to MCPS.

Session one runs from June 25 to July 13 and session two runs from July 17 to Aug. 3. Classes begin at 8:10 a.m. and end at 1 p.m. Tuition is $300 for students who are county residents, $340 for nonresidents and $140 for English as a Second Language learners.

Sessions will be held at the following high schools: Walt Whitman in Bethesda, Richard Montgomery in Rockville, John F. Kennedy in Silver Spring and Northwest in Germantown. 

Parents are responsible for providing transportation for students, though each school is served by public transportation.

For more information call 301-279-3202.


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