For all parents struggling to manage screen time with your kids...
The Parent Encouragement Program (PEP) is hosting a FREE webinar on the topic of managing screen time on Thursday, Aug 30 at 8pm ET (if you can't attend live, you have access to the recording later).
See more detail below; to register, to go PEPparent.org/online.
Maryland Seal of Biliteracy legislation that passed the General Assembly in 2016.
That legislation provides a real and meaningful way to honor and recognize Maryland students who graduate from our high schools truly bilingual (or tri-lingual, or multi-lingual). A seal is affixed to the student’s diploma, and their official MCPS transcript reflects that they have achieved bilingual certification, identifying the languages in which they are fluent.
Here is an article from last June in the Washington Post about this important recognition – 2017 graduates were the first to whom the Seal was available, and in 2017 MCPS graduated 87% of those students receiving the Maryland Seal of Biliteracy:
Here’s a statement from MCPS superintendent Jack Smith after MCPS graduated its first Seal of Biliteracy recipients:
Here’s an FAQ about the Seal of Biliteracy from the Maryland State Dept. of Education (MSDE):
And here is a link to MSDE’s Seal of Biliteracy website:
IMPORTANT – please note that a student can be certified as language proficient in languages not taught in MCPS, and the seal is also available to students proficient in sign language.The legislation, and MSDE implementing regulations, providing MANY options for certifying a student’s language fluency – not just school-based assessments like AP and IB exams.
MCPS School Security and Safety presentation from the Feb. 26 Delegates Assembly is now available in Spanish, Amharic, Chinese, French, Korean and Vietnamese.
School Bus Camera Program
Far too many drivers are not obeying the Maryland School Bus Law.
In January 2014, the Montgomery County Department of Police, in partnership with Montgomery County Public Schools, began a school bus camera enforcement program. We started with 25 cameras that could be rotated for use on various buses. We also began a continuing education program to make sure the public was aware of when to stop. By the start of this school year 500 buses were equipped with cameras. As the number of cameras in the program has expanded, it has become very apparent how prevalent this violation is, not just in your neighborhood but throughout our County.
In the beginning 40 days of this school year (with 500 cameras), 7,919 drivers were recorded illegally passing buses stopped to load or unload students. The total citations issued from cameras averaged 198 per day. Last school year in 153 days (between October 13 and June 16), 17,235 citations (112 a day) were issued as the camera program expanded from 108 to 217 camera-equipped buses. Since October 13, 2016, 633 drivers have been repeat offenders. Do you know the law? Throughout the state of Maryland, drivers must stop, and remain stopped, for a school bus that is stopped with red lights flashing and stop arm activated. A driver may not proceed until the flashing red lights go off and the bus begins to move. The only time a driver doesn’t have to stop is if the vehicle is traveling in the opposite direction of the bus and there is a physical median/barrier separating the lanes of traffic. With camera citations confirming a lack of compliance to the law, it is only a matter of time before a child gets seriously injured or killed. Make sure you know, understand, and obey the school bus law. We need your help to prevent a needless tragedy.
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