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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 | Andrea Sarralde

Elrich y el Concejo Responde a Hogan: ‘Estamos Consternados y Perplejos’

El Ejecutivo del condado de Montgomery, Marc Elrich, y el Concejo del condado dejaron en claro que no están contentos con el anuncio del gobernador Larry Hogan de “autorizar” a las escuelas a reabrir en persona y presionar para que implementen planes de aprendizaje híbridos. “Estamos consternados y perplejos de que el gobernador Hogan hiciera […]

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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 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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July 23, 2020 | Maryam Shahzad

State Releases Guidance on How Schools Should Respond to an Outbreak

The Maryland Department of Health and Department of Education released guidance for how Maryland schools should respond to a COVID-19 outbreak when in-person instruction begins and what districts need to prepare for.  At a press conference with Gov. Larry Hogan on Wednesday, State Superintendent Dr. Karen Salmon emphasized that a COVID-19 “outbreak” means one case. […]

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July 23, 2020 | Andrea Sarralde

Inscripción de Estudiantes de MCPS está por Debajo de la Proyección

El Superintendente de las Escuelas Públicas del Condado de Montgomery (MCPS), Dr. Jack Smith, dijo que menos nuevos estudiantes se han inscrito en el sistema escolar de lo que MCPS proyectó. El martes, Smith anunció que el primer semestre del año académico 2020-21, que comienza el 31 de agosto y finaliza el 21 de enero […]

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July 22, 2020 | Maryam Shahzad

Smith Says He Understands Families’ Choices As MCPS Enrollment is Below Projection 

Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) Superintendent Dr. Jack Smith said fewer new students have enrolled in the school system than MCPS projected.  On Tuesday, Smith announced that the first semester of the 2020-21 academic year, beginning Aug. 31 and ending on Jan. 21, 2021, will be virtual-only instruction. During a media briefing Wednesday he said […]

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July 22, 2020 | Maryam Shahzad

Gayles Says ‘Realities Have Changed,’ In-School Learning is Not Safe

In-school learning is not a safe option right now, Montgomery County Health Officer Dr. Travis Gayles said at a Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) media briefing Wednesday.  MCPS Superintendent Dr. Jack Smith announced Tuesday that the first semester of the 2020-21 academic year, beginning Aug. 31 and ending on Jan. 21, 2021, will be virtual-only […]

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July 21, 2020 | Deirdre Byrne

MCPS to Provide Virtual-Only Instruction Through January 29; Fall, Winter Sports Canceled

Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) Superintendent Dr. Jack Smith announced in a letter Tuesday that MCPS will provide virtual-only instruction for its first semester, which concludes on Jan. 21, 2021. “This decision includes the cancellation of all fall and winter sports,” Smith said. Smith said the decision was made following the guidance of Montgomery County […]

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July 15, 2020 | Deirdre Byrne

10 Takeaways from MCPS’ Online Discussion About Its Recovery Plan

On Wednesday, Montgomery County Public Schools’ leadership team held a virtual conversation about about its coronavirus recovery plan for the upcoming academic year. On Saturday, MCPS released a 21-page report called “MCPS Fall 2020: Reimagine, Reopen, Recover,” detailing how its schools may operate in the fall. The report is subject to changes depending on the […]

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