MCPS Provides Additional Update About Instruction for April 22

We previously reported that Monday, April 22 is now an asynchronous learning day, and will be used as a make-up instructional day for students. MCPS has released additional information about the day:

Per MCPS: Students will be sent home with assignments to complete independently. Asynchronous learning describes educational activities and assignments that engage students in learning without live instruction or use of technology. Students must complete assignments to count towards their attendance for the day. Additional time for students to complete assignments will be granted for any challenges or unforeseen circumstances.

Schools will share more details about their asynchronous instruction plans with students and families in mid-March, including directions on how to access resources and additional services to complete assignments.

There have been three inclement weather school closures so far in the 2023-2024 school year–Jan. 16, Jan. 17 and Jan. 19. The Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) provides school districts the ability to repurpose certain days as virtual school days, including inclement weather days and staff professional learning days.

The 2023-2024 school year calendar allows for two emergency school closures, with a contingency plan identifying possible make-up instructional days for any additional closures. Monday, April 22 is one of the identified make-up days.

The day will remain a professional learning day for teachers who will participate in self-directed learning and planning. Telework will be permitted. In addition, teachers will have time to engage in the asynchronous professional learning module with a focus on the Equitable Teaching and Learning Framework. More information will be provided to staff in the upcoming weeks.

*Note: The calendar for the Innovative School Year Calendar schools, Arcola and Roscoe R. Nix elementary schools, does not change for Monday, April 22, 2024. It remains a non-instructional day for students and a professional learning day for teaching staff.

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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

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