MCPS Community Message on COVID-19 Community Risk Level Change

On Tuesday, July 26, Montgomery County moved into a high COVID-19 community risk level based on COVID-19Community Level measures as outlined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This combined risk metric helps people better understand what is happening in their community by considering community transmission levels and the current impact of COVID-19 on the health care system.

Montgomery County Public Schools continues to closely monitor available local data with support from our county and regional public health authorities to inform and enhance community prevention strategies.To reduce the impact of COVID-19 in our schools and community at this elevated risk level, at this time MCPS strongly recommends:

  • Staying up to date on COVID-19 vaccinations and recommended boosters
  • Wearing a well-fitting mask while indoors in public, including while attending MCPS summer programs
  • Staying home and testing if symptoms develop

Community members are encouraged to review the CDC’s recommended prevention strategies to decrease individual and household-level risk from infection when the COVID-19 community level is high. Individuals at higher risk for severe disease, including older adults, individuals who are pregnant or with certain medical conditions, and individuals not vaccinated against COVID-19 may wish to consult a healthcare provider.

Masks and at-home tests are available at all MCPS summer program locations and local libraries. Age-eligible children may receive the COVID-19 vaccine at school-based vaccine clinics regardless of enrollment. Additional information on testing and vaccination clinic opportunities in the community are available from the Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services.

Staff and students participating in MCPS on-site summer programs should report positive test results on the MCPS COVID-19 Reporting Form. Other community members who test positive for COVID should report test results to the Maryland Department of Health OneStop Portal. 

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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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