September 18, 2020 | Jordan Lindsay

County Waiting for More COVID-19 Data Before Releasing Final Halloween Safety Guidelines

Local leaders are responding to questions regarding how Halloween might look like during the COVID-19 health crisis. Dr. Earl Stoddard, with the Montgomery County Office of Emergency Management, says guidelines are being prepared while observing data but things will change between now and October 31.

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September 18, 2020 | Nicolle Schorchit

Board of Education Candidate Talks With High School Students About Virtual Learning

Montgomery County Board of Education candidate Sunil Dasgupta talked with students from local high schools Thursday night about their experiences with virtual learning and what they think could be done better. “I want to come out of this [pandemic] stronger. I want to come out of this not with the old normal. I want to […]

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September 18, 2020 | Staff Writer

MCPS Seeks Feedback on Virtual Learning Experiences

Montgomery County Public Schools wants feedback from parents, students, and staff on their virtual learning experience so far three weeks into the school year. The school system released a parent/guardian survey to ensure families have the resources needed to engage in virtual learning successfully. Answers are confidential and will be reported together with the feedback from other families, […]

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September 17, 2020 | Jordan Lindsay

Nine Additional Private Schools Investigated Due to COVID-19 Concerns

Some private schools in the county that started the school year with in-person learning are experiencing COVID-19 case related investigations, according to local health officials. On Wednesday, during a weekly virtual media briefing, Montgomery County Health Officer Dr. Travis Gayles spoke about the non-public schools linked to possible COVID-19 cases within the past week. “We […]

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September 17, 2020 | Toluwa Famuyide

County Council Approves $1.5 million for Youth Sports Initiative

Montgomery County councilmembers unanimously approved separate special appropriations to support the Youth Sports Initiative during a session on Tuesday. Today the council passed more than $1.5 million dollars in funding to support the Youth Sports Initiative which is designed to bring sports programming to underserved youth and families in our community. @albornoz_gabe @RicePolitics @MoCoRec #youthsports […]

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September 16, 2020 | Suzanne Pollak

Petition Started to Save Silver Spring Plaza Fountain

Concerned that changes to Downtown Silver Spring would cause gentrification, residents started a petition to save the fountain that children have played in for the past 15 years. Downtown Silver Spring currently is undergoing a facelift that includes removing the road on Ellsworth Drive between Fenton Street and Georgia Avenue and replacing it with synthetic […]

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September 16, 2020 | Michelle Queen

UPDATE: Aspen Hill Teenager Found Safe, Unharmed

Update (Sept. 17): Montgomery County police announced on Sept. 10 that Zion Davis was found safe and unharmed. Original Post (Aug. 26): Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Special Victims Investigations Division are asking the public for help in locating a missing teenager from the Aspen Hill area. Zion Davis, 14, lives on Hunter Mountain Lane. […]

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September 15, 2020 | Staff Writer

MCPS Co-Hosting Family-Focused Community Discussion on Virtual Learning

Montgomery County Public Schools and the Montgomery County Faith Community Advisory Council are teaming up to host a virtual town hall at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 16. The family-focused community discussion will focus on the status of virtual learning in MCPS. Other topics include student and family supports, technology and training, school meals, and mental […]

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September 14, 2020 | Maryam Shahzad

State Athletic Association Details Second Semester Plan for High School Sports

The Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association (MPSSAA) released its “Roadmap for Return to Interscholastic Athletics and Extracurricular Activities” on Friday detailing a two-semester plan for high school sports.  The MPSSAA decided that during the second semester, which begins Feb. 1, 2021 and ends June 19, competitions will be allowed and seasons will operate on […]

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September 9, 2020 | Suzanne Pollak

Silver Spring Teacher Interviewed by CNN for Helping to Feed Her Students

Margaret Norris, a kindergarten teacher at Arcola Elementary School in Wheaton, realized when Montgomery County Public Schools closed in March because of the global pandemic that her students and their families would have trouble paying for their meals. Arcola is a Title 1 school, meaning it receives federal funds to help low-income students succeed. There […]

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