January 14, 2021 | Andrea Sarralde

MCPS: Las Vacunas Infundirán Confianza en el Regreso a la Escuela

Las Escuelas Públicas del Condado de Montgomery (MCPS) retrasaron el regreso a la instrucción en persona hasta el 15 de marzo de 2021 porque no se cumplieron las métricas de salud específicas. El superintendente de MCPS, Dr. Jack Smith, llevó a cabo el miércoles una sesión informativa virtual para los medios para discutir el plan […]

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January 13, 2021 | Jordan Lindsay

MCPS Hopeful Vaccines Will Instill Confidence for Students’ and Teachers’ Return to School

Montgomery County Public Schools delayed the return to in-person instruction until March 15, 2021 because specific health metrics have not been met. MCPS Superintendent Dr. Jack Smith held a virtual media briefing on Wednesday to discuss the plan for students’ return to in-person learning. School district officials shared their COVID-19 vaccination plan. People under the age of […]

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January 13, 2021 | Jordan Lindsay

Board of Education Seeks More Community Input on School Resource Officer Program

The Montgomery County Board of Education voted unanimously for MCPS officials to go back into the community to seek additional input regarding the School Resource Officer (SRO) Program. During a virtual board meeting on Tuesday, members discussed options including: keeping the existing SRO Program, getting rid of it, or modifying it. Some members have expressed […]

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January 13, 2021 | Suzanne Pollak

County Libraries to Discontinue Sunday Hours

Montgomery County Public Libraries will no longer be open to pick up books on hold on Sundays, and all branches only will be open 48 hours a week beginning Jan. 24. The changes are expected to be temporary. While the libraries themselves are closed to browsers, their new hours will be 10 a.m. to 6 […]

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January 12, 2021 | Deirdre Byrne

Hogan Establishes Maryland Citizens Redistricting Commission

Gov. Larry Hogan announced an executive order at a press briefing Tuesday establishing an independent Maryland Citizens Redistricting Commission. The commission will be tasked with drawing fair legislative and congressional maps for the 2022 elections. Hogan said the effort is aimed at preventing gerrymandering. The announcement comes more than a year after the U.S. Supreme […]

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January 12, 2021 | Jordan Lindsay

MCPS Delays Conditional Return to In-Person Learning Until March 15

The return to in-person learning for Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) has been delayed from Feb. 1, to March 15, 2021, but only if health metrics are met or guidance on the COVID-19 vaccine distribution is adjusted. MCPS Superintendent Dr. Jack Smith, along with Deputy Superintendent Dr. Monifa McKnight, made recommendations regarding the return to […]

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January 7, 2021 | Maryam Shahzad

MCPS Will Provide Support for Students Following Chaos in D.C.

Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) will offer safe spaces for students to discuss Wednesday’s events in Washington, D.C., when supporters of President Donald Trump stormed the Capitol building. In a letter to the school community, MCPS leaders supported the right to peacefully protest and condemned inciting violence. MCPS encouraged parents and guardians to discuss the […]

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January 6, 2021 | Jordan Lindsay

Board of Education Request ‘Essential’ Status for Teachers Getting COVID-19 Vaccine

The Montgomery County Board of Education sent a letter to Governor Larry Hogan on Tuesday advocating that all Maryland pre-kindergarten through grade 12 educators be considered essential for receiving a COVID-19 vaccine in Phase 1B. “Providing the early vaccination of those entrusted with educating and caring for Maryland’s students will ensure a safe and speedy […]

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December 23, 2020 | Suzanne Pollak

Maryland Officials Plead For State to Release $1 Billion in Rainy Day Funds

The newly-formed Maryland United for COVID Relief Now Coalition is urging Gov. Larry Hogan to release $1 billion of state funds to help Marylanders who are struggling during the pandemic. “There is unmet need as far as the eye can see,” said Montgomery County Council President Tom Hucker during the coalition’s virtual news conference Wednesday. […]

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December 22, 2020 | Jordan Lindsay

MCPS Reveals Priorities for FY 2022 Operating Budget

Montgomery County Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Jack Smith released his $2.7 billion recommendation for the Fiscal Year 2022 Operating Budget last week. Top funding priorities include: Enhancing staff capabilities in new ways to meet challenges amid the COVID-19 health crisis. Additional support for struggling learners and efforts to support students who have had a hard […]

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