School Notes: Youth Town Halls Scheduled by Montgomery County Council

School Notes: Youth Town Halls Scheduled by Montgomery County Council

Plus: MCPS recognizes National School Bus Safety Week; Extended school year calendar options presented for 2020-21

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Youth town halls scheduled by Montgomery County Council

The Montgomery County Council has scheduled two youth town halls to gather feedback from students about issues that matter to them.

The town halls will be held on Oct. 30 at Clarksburg High School and Nov. 13 at Wheaton High School. Each meeting will begin at 7 p.m.

Council President Nancy Navarro said that the youth town hall meetings have become learning experiences for council members.

“Every time we have the opportunity to hear from the young residents of Montgomery County, it gives me a great sense of pride,” Navarro said in a statement. “Last year, we had engaging discussion on various topics relating to school safety, bullying, mental health resources and more.”

Students from both public and private schools are encouraged to attend.

MCPS recognizes National School Bus Safety Week

The Montgomery County Board of Education this week recognized Oct. 21 to 25 as National School Bus Safety Week.

The school board passed a resolution recognizing the week, intended to bring heightened attention to ensuring students are able to get to and from school safely.

On Monday, MCPS Superintendent Jack Smith again called attention to the number of Montgomery County drivers who pass school buses that are stopped to allow students on or off.

Over the past three years, MCPS has worked to install cameras on each of its school buses to capture video and images of vehicles that pass stopped buses, which is a violation of Maryland law.

Last school year, Montgomery County police issued more than 54,000 citations for the violation.

Extended school year calendar options presented for 2020-21

While MCPS develops the 2020-21 school year calendar, it is also working to develop calendar options for the two Silver Spring elementary schools testing an extended school year.

Arcola and Roscoe Nix elementary schools this year began piloting a program that adds about 30 days to the academic calendar.

Two options presented during a school board meeting this week show school for most of the district starting on July 13 and ending Aug. 21, 2020, or beginning July 6 and ending Aug. 14, 2020.

Days off for winter and spring breaks are the same for the traditional calendar schools and those with lengthened years.

MCPS intends to solicit feedback from the community and present final calendar options to the school board later this fall.

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