Education

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 11, 2020 | Reid Flumbaum

MCPS Superintendent Smith: Virtual Learning May Mark the End of Snow Days

During Thursday’s virtual MCPS Board of Education meeting, Dr. Jack Smith told viewers and fellow board members that snow days might be coming to an end in light of virtual learning. In response to a question posed by Board Member Jeanette Dixon on the procurement of technology needed for teachers in the future, Dr. Smith […]

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August 27, 2020 | Maryam Shahzad

School Board Committee Will Meet Thursday to Discuss Special Education This Fall

The Montgomery County Board of Education Special Populations Committee will meet at 6 p.m. Thursday to discuss special education in the fall semester.    Residents can submit questions before the meeting and watch live on YouTube and Facebook.  On Tuesday, the school board approved a plan for the fall semester, which begins Aug. 31 and […]

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August 27, 2020 | Michelle Queen

Maryland Requires Updated Immunizations for Fall Semester

Students attending Maryland schools must have up-to-date immunization records County public schools welcome back students with virtual-only learning on Monday, Aug. 31. Montgomery County health officials are reminding parents that the Maryland Department of  Health requires students to have up-to-date immunizations.  Parents must submit their student’s immunization records by the first day of school. If […]

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August 25, 2020 | Maryam Shahzad

State Board of Education Tables Discussion About Live Instruction Requirement Until Sept. 1

The Maryland State Board of Education is tabling a discussion about live instruction requirements for the fall semester until Sept. 1, one day after the first day of school for Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS).  On Monday, Maryland State Superintendent Dr. Karen Salmon recommended that the board approve a requirement that schools offer an average […]

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August 24, 2020 | Maryam Shahzad

State Superintendent Recommends at Least 3.5 Hours Daily Live Instruction

Maryland State Superintendent Dr. Karen Salmon wants schools to offer an average of 3.5 hours of live virtual instruction per day this fall.  All school systems were required to submit their fall semester plans to the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) by Aug. 14. At an MSDE meeting Monday, Salmon said that while the […]

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August 10, 2020 | Isabel Cleary

Rockville Wins Insurance Comparison Website’s Most Educated Cities Award

Insurify, an insurance comparison website, has named Rockville the most educated city in Maryland in its 2020 award list of most educated cities. The website says that in the face of the challenges brought on by COVID-19 and virtual classrooms, these cities and students have remained “resilient” and committed to education. In order to choose […]

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August 7, 2020 | Maryam Shahzad

School Board Approves Virtual-Only Learning, Superintendent Calls on State to Do Better

The Montgomery County school board voted and approved Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) having an all-virtual semester this fall.  A vote on the new draft plan introduced at the meeting is scheduled for Aug. 25.  In regard to returning to brick-and-mortar learning, MCPS Superintendent Dr. Jack Smith said at a school board meeting Thursday that […]

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August 7, 2020 | Maryam Shahzad

Gayles, County Back Down Over Virtual-Only Order for Private Schools

After a week-long back and forth over private schools, Montgomery County has backed down.  On Friday, County Health Officer Dr. Travis Gayles rescinded his order to keep private schools virtual until at least Oct. 1. The announcement comes after the state health department said on Thursday that it is policy that private schools can’t be […]

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August 3, 2020 | Shauneen Miranda

MCPS Offers Access to Online Anti-Racist Resources with no Wait Time

MCPS students and staff can now access anti-racist e-books and audiobooks without any wait time until September.  As part of its ongoing commitment to equity and excellence, MCPS students and staff can access anti-racist e-books and audiobooks through the Sora app, MCPS’ digital eBook and audiobook platform from OverDrive, without any wait time until September. […]

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