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May 3, 2021 | Gracie Tanner

MCPS Reduces Quarantine and Isolation Periods to 10 Days

Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) updated its guidelines for quarantine and isolation periods on April 29. In alignment with updated guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and state and local officials, required isolation periods have now been reduced to 10 days, effective immediately. Previously, MCPS required individuals that tested positive for […]

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April 5, 2021 | Maryam Shahzad

Tuesday Will Be Virtual Learning Day for All MCPS Students 

Tuesday, the first day that Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) students resume classes post-spring break, will be a virtual instruction day for all students. The recommendation was made “given the concerns raised about the immediate return in the building following spring break, when we know that families, our community members, our staff may travel,” said […]

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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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September 28, 2020 | Maryam Shahzad

MCPS Notifies Employees That Formal Reopening Planning is Underway

Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) employees were notified on Friday that formal planning for some in-person instruction is beginning.  Last week Gov. Larry Hogan announced that all 24 Maryland jurisdictions have state-approved plans to bring at least some students back into school buildings this fall. In late August Hogan said eight school systems did not include […]

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September 25, 2020 | Maryam Shahzad

Hogan Says All School Systems Have Submitted In-Person Learning Plans

Gov. Larry Hogan announced Thursday that all 24 Maryland jurisdictions have state-approved plans to bring at least some students back into school buildings this fall.  On Aug. 27 Hogan said eight school systems did not include any in-person learning in their fall semester plans, which he said was not acceptable. “It is essential that we […]

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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 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 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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April 7, 2020 | Alexandra Macia

MCPS Meal Distribution Employees Test Positive for Coronavirus

Two Montgomery County Public School employees working at the Glen Haven Elementary School meal distribution site have tested positive for coronavirus, MCPS announced in a letter Monday. The employees were food and nutrition service staff members. The last day they worked at the site was March 26, and they were not symptomatic at the time, […]

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