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November 12, 2020 | Maryam Shahzad

Demolition Begins at Old Seneca Valley High School Building

On Monday, demolition began at the old Seneca Valley High School building in Germantown. The new building, which sits on the same site, was set to open this school year, however Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) has remained all-virtual so far this semester. On Tuesday, the county board of education tentatively approved a phased-in plan […]

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November 10, 2020 | Maryam Shahzad

Montgomery County School Board Tentatively Approves In-Person Learning Plan

On Tuesday, the Montgomery County Board of Education voted unanimously to tentatively approve a phased-in return to in-person learning beginning Jan. 12, 2021. A final vote is scheduled for Dec. 3. In-person learning will only begin if public health conditions allow it. On Friday, Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) officials presented a matrix that shows […]

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October 21, 2020 | Maryam Shahzad

Three Employees at Martin Luther King, Jr. Middle School Test Positive for COVID-19

Three staff members working at Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Middle School in Germantown have tested positive for COVID-19, Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) said Monday. Oct. 15 was the last day one of the employees was at the school, MCPS said in a community message. Anyone who worked with the three staff members has […]

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October 7, 2020 | Maryam Shahzad

1,561 MCPS Students Have Not Accessed Online Platforms

As of Friday 1,561 Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) students have not accessed myMCPS Classroom or Zoom at all this school year. Under the current virtual learning model, attendance is fulfilled through either of the two platforms. At a school board meeting Tuesday MCPS Superintendent Dr. Jack Smith said most of the 1,561 “missing” students […]

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August 31, 2020 | Maryam Shahzad

Elrich, Council Respond to Hogan: ‘We are Dismayed and Perplexed’

Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich and the county council made it clear they are not pleased with Gov. Larry Hogan’s announcement “authorizing” schools to reopen in-person and pushing schools to implement hybrid learning plans.  “We are dismayed and perplexed that Governor Hogan made this announcement just days before students return to school,” Elrich and the […]

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August 28, 2020 | Maryam Shahzad

Hogan to School Boards Not Planning on in Class Instruction: ‘That is Not Acceptable’

Gov. Larry Hogan announced Thursday that thanks to improving COVID-19 metrics, all jurisdictions in Maryland are able to safely reopen schools for in-person learning. State Superintendent Dr. Karen Salmon agreed with Hogan and said school systems should re-evaluate their plans by the end of the first quarter, especially those that plan to stay virtual into […]

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August 27, 2020 | Maryam Shahzad

Hogan: Every Maryland County ‘Fully Authorized’ for In-Person Schooling

Gov. Larry Hogan announced that as a result of improving health metrics, every county in Maryland is now “fully authorized” to begin safely reopening schools for in-person learning. “Now nearly everyone agrees that there is no substitute for in-person instruction,” he said at a press conference Thursday. Hogan said he hears from parents every day […]

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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 26, 2020 | Maryam Shahzad

Montgomery College Will Stay Mostly Virtual Until Spring Break 2021

Montgomery College President Dr. DeRionne Pollard announced Monday that instruction will remain mostly virtual until at least the end of spring break in March 2021.  Pollard said in a statement that summer enrollment shows that students like the virtual model and the flexibility it offers. Spring classes will be seven weeks long instead of 15. […]

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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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