MCPS will hold feedback meeting about boundary analysis 'interactive tool'

School Notes: Boundary analysis feedback meeting on Wednesday

Plus: MCPS to recognize Mental Health Awareness Week; School board to meet Tuesday

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Boundary analysis feedback meeting on Wednesday

Montgomery County Public Schools and consultants hired to conduct a countywide review of school boundaries will hold a meeting Wednesday evening to solicit public feedback about a new interactive tool recently unveiled to visualize data used in the project.

The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. and be held virtually.

MCPS this week held two meetings to debut and explain the online database. The Wednesday meeting will be to gather feedback from people who have used the tool.

Using the online tool, people can look at a specific school’s or cluster’s data, compare to other schools and create charts to analyze the data.

MCPS launched the countywide boundary analysis in January 2019.

In March, after more than a year of work, consultants with WXY Studio released a 580-page mid-project report detailing data about MCPS schools’ demographics, enrollment and percentage of students who can walk to school.

The online tool released this week has much of the same data that’s in the report, as well as a breakdown by school.

Data about what percentage of a school’s students are eligible for free and reduced-priced meals and the average distance families live from their home school are also available.

WXY said on Tuesday that it’s final report will be released publicly “sometime in January or February of 2021.”

MCPS recognizes Mental Health Awareness Week

MCPS next week will recognize national Mental Health Awareness Week with several exercises and events.

There will be Zoom workshops, a resource fair, and question-and-answer sessions. Some events will be presented in multiple languages, according to a news release from MCPS.

Events begin at 7 p.m. Monday with a virtual keynote address by Jill Haak Bohnenkamp, an assistant professor at the National Center for School Mental Health and the University of Maryland School of Medicine.

Each day, there will be presentations on a host of topics, including “finding happiness during COVID-19, social media, suicide awareness and dating violence.”

The week’s events end on Saturday with a virtual resource fair and a question-and-answer session.

A full schedule of events is available online.

Students can earn up to five Student Service Learning hours for participating in the week’s sessions. After a session, students will be asked to fill out a Google form, reflecting on the information they learned and how they will use it to benefit their community.

School board to meet Tuesday

The Montgomery County Board of Education will meet on Thursday and receive an update about remote learning and the school district’s reopening plan.

The public session of the meeting is scheduled to begin at 3:30 p.m.

There were no other major topics on the agenda as of Thursday afternoon, and staff reports were not available.

The school board will also meet at 11 a.m. on Monday to review the school district’s six-year capital improvements plan. It will hold a work session about the construction plan, beginning at 10 a.m. Thursday.

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