School Officials Hope To Better Engage With Spanish-Speaking Families (VIDEO)

Bienvenida a los estudiantes or Welcome students– that’s the first message parents, teachers, and students will see at Montgomery County Public Schools new Spanish website.

Spanish MCPS websiteMCPS also launched on Tuesday a Facebook page, and mobile app- all in Spanish- to develop a better relationship with the Latino population.

“MCPS is committed to finding more innovative and effective ways to share valuable information with our Spanish-speaking families and community members,” said Montgomery County Board of Education President Patricia B. O’Neill.

O’Neill said these multimedia tools will help parents better support and advocate for their children.

The U.S. Census Bureau shows that 18 percent of Montgomery County’s population is made of Hispanic or Latinos, which makes up to more than 135,000 residents.

According to a news release, there are, approximately, 21,000 English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) students and 68 percent of those students are Spanish speakers. ESOL classes grew nearly 60 percent in the last ten years.

The redesigned website feature information on immunization requirement, bell times, school curriculum, international students, and college career plans. There is also a new series called —Consejos para Padres— which provides tips for parents how to better communicate with teachers, get ready for kindergarten, what they should know about SSL hours, and more.

Other videos will also feature Momentos Informativos– news and information about MCPS; Diez Minutos– a show where education advocates share their thoughts on current issues, and more.

Take a look at this video in Spanish on SSL hours:

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Aline Barros

About Aline Barros

Aline Barros is a multimedia reporter and community engagement specialist with Montgomery Community Media. She can be reached at and on Twitter at @AlineBarros2.


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