Gearing Up for the 2023-2024 School Year!

Dr. Myriam YarbroughMessage from Superintendent Dr. Yarbrough

Dear Team BCPS,

The 2023-2024 school year will begin on Monday, August 28! This will be my first year as superintendent of BCPS , and I look forward to working with you to make BCPS one of the best school systems in the state and nation. This summer, I had the opportunity to meet many of you and learn about what you believe BCPS does well, the challenges before us, and hopes for the future. These discussions confirmed that we share a mutual goal: The most important thing we can do as parents, community members, and educators is to support the success of our children. To me, that means accelerating academic achievement and nurturing good citizens who are socially and emotionally well.

That important work is going to take all of us to make the difference we want to see in our schools. This is a "we" situation. We need parents, we need communities, and we need to come together with county government and other partners to make sure that we are effectively serving our students, Please know that we eagerly seek your involvement as we make this school system a great place to learn and work!

Wishing you all the best for the 2023-2024 school year. Below, please find some additional information that I hope will be helpful as you and your family begin this exciting new school year!

Dr. Myriam Yarbrough

Important Dates to Know!

As the summer break winds down, here are some important dates you need to know:

  • Saturday, August 19 BCPSFest!

    From 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. at George Washington Carver Center for Arts and Technology, 938 York Rd., Towson, 21204, we will hold BCPSfest, our annual, systemwide back-to-school festival. Join us for free, family-friendly fun, resources, and information.

  • Monday, August 21  –  Student transportation assignments will be available in Focus. 

  • Thursday, August 24  Early Entry Day for Grades 6 and 9

    Students will tour their new schools and meet teachers and administrators. If your child is entering Grade 6 or 9, expect to receive more information soon from your child's school.

  • Monday, August 28 - First day of School for Grades 1-12

  • Wednesday, August 30 First full day of Kindergarten

The Checklist: Getting Ready for the 2023-2024 School Year!

The 2023-2024 school year begins on August 28! Here are some tips to prepare and support your elementary and secondary students.

  • Create a myBCPS account for parents/guardians access to the Focus parent portal and Schoology. Focus is a web-based system that allows parents to monitor their child’s grades and assignments and stay in touch with teachers.

  • Download the new Team BCPS Focus App, which includes mental health resources for students. 

  • Complete your child’s Student Emergency Information Form in Focus or at their home school so you’re contacted about school closings, illnesses, and important updates. Be sure to let the school know if your information changes during the school year.

  • View, print, or download the 2023-2024 school year calendar and stay informed on important dates and events.

  • Review the Student Transportation Handbook, Student Code of Conduct, and Student Handbook prior to the first day of school. View the Student Handbook presentation. 

  • Plan to attend back-to-school activities at your children’s schools.

  • Watch the video on the new English Language Arts (ELA) curriculum.

  • Learn about Parent University and consider participating in an upcoming workshop and/or event.

  • Stay connected with BCPS throughout the school year.

  • Follow us on Twitter and Instagram.

    Subscribe to our Vimeo and YouTube ;channels and blog.

  • Follow us on Facebook in English or Facebook in Spanish.

  • See our latest photos on Flickr.

Find more useful resources in the Parent University online resource library.

New Curriculum Video from Baltimore County Public Schools on Vimeo.

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