The school year will begin with virtual learning for MCPS students on August 31. According to Superintendent Jack Smith, students are expected to start gradually returning to classrooms sometime in November, depending on the status of the COVID-19 health crisis. Meanwhile, county leaders say the process relies heavily on local case number data.
During his virtual media briefing on Wednesday, County Executive Marc Elrich said the Maryland State Board of Education ultimately approves plans to allow students to return to school physically. Feedback from health officials, like county Health Officer Dr. Travis Gayles, could help contribute to the decision, according to Elrich.
“The data right now does not suggest that in-person instruction is safe to do at this moment…we need to see improvements in the numbers to see little- to no infection in our communities to allow us to feel comfortable opening schools up,” said Dr. Gayles.
Elrich and Gayles discussed the decision-making process to allow students back into classrooms gradually.
Montgomery County Public Schools is envisioning ways to implement new safety guidelines as they prepare to possibly re-open schools amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
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