September 25, 2020 | Maryam Shahzad

Hogan Says All School Systems Have Submitted In-Person Learning Plans

Gov. Larry Hogan announced Thursday that all 24 Maryland jurisdictions have state-approved plans to bring at least some students back into school buildings this fall.  On Aug. 27 Hogan said eight school systems did not include any in-person learning in their fall semester plans, which he said was not acceptable. “It is essential that we […]

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September 25, 2020 | Suzanne Pollak

MoCo Students For Change Working to Get All Eligible Seniors Registered

MoCo Students For Change, a student-run organization mobilizing Montgomery County public and non-public school students to work on such issues as gun control, climate change and school equality, wants 100 percent of eligible seniors registered to vote. Between now and the the Oct. 13 Maryland voter registration deadline, student representatives in each school are working […]

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September 25, 2020 | Suzanne Pollak

Four County Schools Earn National Blue Ribbon Title

Four schools in Montgomery County can proudly wave the National Blue Ribbon School flag as the newly-named 2020 winners of the award. The schools are Lucy V. Barnsley Elementary School in Rockville, Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School in Rockville, Our Lady of Mercy School in Potomac and Saint Peter’s School in Olney. The U.S. […]

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September 24, 2020 | Maryam Shahzad

State Authorizes Schools to Begin Fall Sports Season, MCPS Stays Virtual

All Maryland school systems can begin an in-person formal fall sports season on Oct. 7, State Superintendent Dr. Karen Salmon announced at a press conference Thursday. Practices can begin Oct. 7 and competition season begins Oct. 27.  The golf competition season is the exception and it begins Oct. 7, also. School systems that choose not […]

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September 24, 2020 | Jordan Lindsay

County Providing Workshops to Non-Public Schools Due to Additional COVID-Like Illnesses

According to local health officials, the county continues to provide workshop services for non-public schools due to additional COVID-19 like illness experiences. Montgomery County Health Officer Dr. Travis Gayles says that more local private schools had to take coronavirus-related quarantine actions within the past week. He added that another non-public school met the criteria for […]

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September 22, 2020 | Maryam Shahzad

About 2,000 MCPS Students Did Not Log Into Online Platforms Last Week

About 2,000 Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) students did not log into myMCPS Classroom or Zoom last week.  Most students have successfully logged into virtual classes, Chief Technology Officer Pete Cevenini said at a school board meeting Tuesday. However 2,149 students, or about 1% of total students, did not log in last week. That is […]

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September 22, 2020 | Deirdre Byrne

League of Women Voters to Host Virtual Forum for School Board Candidates Oct. 5

The League of Women Voters of Montgomery County (LWVMC) will host a virtual forum Oct. 5 for candidates running for Montgomery County Public Schools Board of Education. The event will feature the following candidates: At-large candidates: Sunil Dasgupta and Lynne Harris; District 2 candidates: Michael Fryar and Rebecca Smondrowski; District 4 candidates: Shebra Evans and […]

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September 22, 2020 | Andrea Sarralde

Concejo Apoya Asignación de $7.7 Millones para Cuidado Infantil en la Escuela

Los concejales del condado de Montgomery expresaron su apoyo unánime de una asignación de $7.7 millones para financiar el cuidado de niños, en edad escolar, en las escuelas públicas del condado y para estudiantes cuyos padres de familia están trabajando y no pueden supervisarlos durante el aprendizaje virtual. Se llevará a cabo una audiencia pública […]

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September 22, 2020 | Suzanne Pollak

Council Supports Allocating $7.7 Million for Low-Income Families To Access In-School Childcare

Montgomery County Councilmembers expressed their unanimous support of a $7.7 million appropriation to fund school-age childcare in public schools for students whose parents are working and cannot supervise them during virtual learning. A public hearing will be held Sept. 29 at 1:30 p.m. Council President Sidney Katz called it “critical” to financially assist licensed childcare […]

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September 21, 2020 | Suzanne Pollak

MCPS Committee Warns of Upcoming Financial Woes, Cuts

COVID- 19 has placed a heavy burden on the Montgomery County Public Schools’ budget, one that could lead to a reduction in jobs in the central office. During the Sept. 21 Financial Management Committee virtual meeting, Board Member Patricia O’Neill said, “It’s grim looking. These numbers could actually be worse at the end of the […]

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