In Case You Missed It …
In case you missed it, be sure to read a May 1 message from Deputy Superintendent Monifa McKnight regarding the new Continuity of Learning staff guide.
These are unprecedented times in our county, country and the world. You have stepped forward to build a foundation of support to ensure our students can continue to eat; continue to learn; and have their mental health and wellness supported. We have heard so many stories of our staff doing innovative, engaging and inspiring things through our online platforms. I cannot thank you enough for all that you have done and continue to do on behalf of our students during this global crisis.
As we continue the transition into the 4th Marking Period and Phase II of online learning, we want to continue to build on this foundation with what we have learned in the previous weeks. To do this, we have created a Continuity of Learning staff guide. The staff guide provides a comprehensive look at the district’s Continuity of Learning plan; clarifies roles, responsibilities and expectations; and outlines what to expect in Phase II and Phase III of remote learning. The guide was developed in partnership with the Montgomery County Education Association, SEIU Local 500 and the Montgomery County Association of Administrators and Principals, and will be updated regularly to reflect enhancements based on feedback and data analysis.
Thank you for your unwavering commitment to our students.
Monifa B. McKnight, Ed.D.
As an addendum, the message below was sent to staff on May 5.
Happy Teacher Appreciation Week. Thank you for all of your efforts on behalf of our students.
Last week, we shared the staff guide for Continuity of Learning that included a section on roles and responsibilities. We have been made aware that there is confusion regarding the roles and responsibilities of art, music and Physical Education (PE) educators during Phase II of the Continuity of Learning Plan. We want to be clear that it has always been our expectation that art, music and PE instruction continues during all phases of online learning. These valuable experiences support the cognitive, physical, social and psychological well-being of our students. We truly value the work of the amazing educators who teach these critical content areas.
The Continuity of Learning team has reviewed and updated the document to remove the section that caused confusion. The revised roles and responsibilities can be found at this link. We apologize for any confusion.
Thank you for your patience and understanding.
Monifa B. McKnight, Ed.D.