MCPS Fact-Checks ‘Rumors’ About Fall Recovery

Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) posted a YouTube video Friday to clear up “rumors” about fall reopening. 

“We’re hearing lots of rumors out there about what’s happening and we want to make sure that you know the truth from MCPS directly,” said MCPS Spokesperson Derek Turner in the video. 

The video addressed questions like who would be cleaning classrooms and how many masks would be distributed to staff members. Also on Friday, the Board of Education put out a statement clarifying that they want what is best for the Montgomery County community. 

“Any decision to move from a virtual environment will be informed by science and determined by the public health conditions in Montgomery County and with the advice and counsel of public health experts,” the statement reads. 

These releases from MCPS come after a statement from the Montgomery County Education Association (MCEA) that said MCPS’ plan for the fall is “wholly inadequate to protect the health and safety of students and staff.” It addresses issues that MCPS countered in its YouTube video, like how many masks will be distributed to staff and students when they return to school buildings.

“MCPS is proposing supplying students and staff with two cloth masks for the entire school year. Disposable masks will be available if students or staff forget their mask or soil it, but only as long as supplies are available. The cloth masks must be cleaned after each use, but there is no way for teachers to determine whether a mask has been washed,” the statement reads. 

In its YouTube video, MCPS clarified its plan. 

“We are purchasing as much as possible. We know we will need a lot of inventory to see us through the year, and will continue that purchasing,” said Essie McGuire, associate superintendent of operations.

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Maryam Shahzad

About Maryam Shahzad

Maryam is a reporter with Montgomery Community Media. She graduated from the University of Maryland in December with a bachelor's degree in broadcast journalism. Previously, she was an intern with MCM. Maryam loves visual media and always says the movie is better than the book. She can be reached at or on Twitter @maryam_mcm.


2 Responses to “MCPS Fact-Checks ‘Rumors’ About Fall Recovery”

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    On July 18, 2020 at 7:52 am responded with... #

    Have you, in the interest of full reporting, reviewed the transcripts of Thurday night’s session between MCPS and MCEA? These were not rumors, they were statement of fact from MCPS representatives. I also submit that if MCPS does not have adequate funds for any part of a completely safe reopening, then they should not open.

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    On July 19, 2020 at 9:42 am responded with... #

    Mymcmedia is drinking the kool-aid MCPS serves up! Do your research!

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