MCPS: Six Things to Know for Friday, March 4, 2022

Here are six things to know for Friday, March 4, 2022, which include information about mask mandates, the COVID-19 dashboard, COVID-19 test kits and the upcoming release of the FY 2022-2025 Strategic Plan website.

  1. Mask Policy Decision Expected Soon
    In a recent public statement, the Board of Education said that it is likely to vote to move to a “mask optional” policy for Montgomery County Public Schools. Should this decision be made, MCPS will provide guidance and support to families about a shift to optional masking in schools and offices. We expect our MCPS community to respect others’ mask choices. Read the community message
  2. COVID-19 Dashboard Updated
    MCPS has published an updated version of its online COVID-19 Data Dashboard. Working collaboratively with the cross-functional COVID-19 Operations Advisory Team to ensure that stakeholder feedback was incorporated, the dashboard will now include:

    • Reported positive cases for students and staff over the previous 10 days by school, the number of students and staff at each school, and the percentage of the population impacted by COVID-19 for the previous 10 days
    • Total number of positive cases for the previous 10 days for the entire district
    • Total number of active quarantines
    • Total number of active cases and quarantines since Aug. 31, 2021
    • The dashboard will updated on a daily basis
  3. COVID-19 Rapid Take-Home Test Kits Being DistributedMCPS continues to distribute rapid COVID-19 test kits to all students and staff every three weeks through March. These kits are an important part of ongoing efforts to mitigate the spread of the virus.

    VIDEO: Directions for use of COVID-19 rapid test kit

    Learn more at this website and review the flyers:

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    (Reminder: these are nasal (nose) rapid test kits; please refer to the directions included in the kits prior to use)

  4. MCPS Strategic Plan Website to be Released Next Week
    The new MCPS strategic plan for 2022-2025 features three main areas of focus:

    • Academic Excellence
    • Well-Being and Family Support
    • Professional and Operational Excellence

    This Board-approved plan will move teaching and learning in critical focus areas to support students in their education.

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  5. In-School COVID-19 Testing Remains Important

    In-school COVID-19 testing is an important tactic to mitigate spread of the virus. MCPS has in-school random testing for asymptomatic students and rapid testing for students who show symptoms. Parents must give permission for this testing by completing this form. Learn more about in-school COVID-19 testing.

  6. In Support of the Families Affected by the Silver Spring Apartment Building Explosion
    All of us at Montgomery County Public Schools are deeply concerned about the welfare and well-being of the families affected by the apartment building explosion in Silver Spring. MCPS staff will work with families needing assistance as they recover from this event. If you wish to support families affected by the fire, please consider making a donation to Making Home Possible. More will be shared in the coming days.

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17th Annual Kensington Day of the Book Festival

Now in its 17th year, the Kensington Day of the Book Festival is a family-friendly street festival featuring 150+ renowned authors, poets, and literary organizations. Enjoy live music on five stages, special guest speakers, military veteran writers and comedians, poetry readings, cookbook demos, children's program, and much more.

Admission is free, and attendees will also be able to explore a marketplace of books and food offerings from local vendors.

Not your average book festival! This festival offers something for everyone!

17th Annual Kensington Day of the Book Festival

Sunday, April 21, 2024, 11am-4pm (held rain or shine!)

Howard Avenue, Kensington, MD 20895

Instagram: @kensingtonbookfestival

Contact: Elisenda Sola-Sole, Festival Director

[email protected]

301-949-9416 (text preferred)

FEST OF SPRING Caribbean Wine Food & Music Festival

Get ready to experience the vibrant colors, tantalizing flavors, and infectious rhythms of the Caribbean at the FEST OF SPRING Caribbean Wine Food & Music Festival! Hosted by RHU LLC, this exciting festival is set to take place on May 18, 2024, at the picturesque 16700 Barnesville Rd in Boyds, MD.

Step into a world where the Caribbean spirit comes alive! From 12:00 PM onwards, immerse yourself in a sensory journey that celebrates the unique culture, cuisine, and music of the Caribbean. Whether you're an African American, a Reggae or Soca music enthusiast, a wine lover, or part of the vibrant Caribbean diaspora, this festival promises to delight and captivate you in every way.

Let the enticing aromas of mouthwatering Caribbean dishes tantalize your taste buds. Feast on traditional delicacies prepared by expert chefs, showcasing the rich and diverse culinary heritage of the Caribbean. Indulge in flavorful jerk chicken, succulent seafood, and delectable plantain dishes that will transport you straight to the islands.

Accompanying the culinary extravaganza is a carefully curated selection of premium wines, ensuring the perfect pairing for your palate. Sip on fine wines from renowned vineyards, each sip a reflection of the Caribbean's vibrant spirit. Discover new flavors, expand your wine knowledge, and savor unforgettable moments with every glass.

As the sun sets, get ready to groove to the infectious rhythms of Caribbean music. Feel the pulsating beats of reggae, soca, dancehall, and calypso, moving your body to the lively melodies. Live performances by talented musicians and performers will keep the energy high, ensuring a night of unforgettable entertainment.

Don't miss this opportunity to embrace the Caribbean spirit and celebrate the arrival of spring in style! Tickets are available on AllEvents, so secure your spot today. Join us at the FEST OF SPRING Caribbean Wine Food & Music Festival, where cultures collide and unforgettable memories are made.



2 NIGHT Camping packages available: RV/CAMPER $200 | TENTS $150 Starting on Friday May 17 @ 5pm | 30 RV SPACES | 30+ TENT SPACES



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