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April 12, 2021 | Maryam Shahzad

Jawando, Rice Announce Task Force to Find Student Support Alternatives for Police Presence in Schools

Montgomery County Councilmembers Will Jawando and Craig Rice announced they will convene a task force to grow mental health professionals and other support services in Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS), with the intention that police officers will not be in schools everyday. “We know that our current systems are not working, particularly for our Black […]

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April 5, 2021 | Staff Writer

Council to Discuss Police-Student Incident Shown in Recently Released Body Camera Video  

The Montgomery County Council will hold a discussion Tuesday afternoon regarding Montgomery County Police Department’s (MCPD) response to a 2020 incident — in which body camera footage shows officers screaming at and handcuffing a kindergartner who left his school. The council will hold the discussion at 2:30 p.m. as part of its Tuesday session. MCPD […]

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March 29, 2021 | Maryam Shahzad

At Home, Digital Testing Will be Default Option for AP Exams When Possible

At home, digital Advanced Placement (AP) exams will be, when possible, the default option for Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) students this semester, school officials discussed during a meeting last week. This strategy accommodates distancing, supports operational needs during reopening and builds on “lessons learned last year,” said Scott Murphy, director of MCPS College and […]

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March 24, 2021 | Maryam Shahzad

MCPS Recommends Outdoor Graduations at Home High School Stadiums

Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) is recommending that senior graduation ceremonies be held outdoors at students’ home high school stadiums, officials said during a school board meeting Tuesday. MCPS considered three plans for high school graduation ceremonies in 2021, explained James Koutsos, Area Associate Superintendent of Teaching, Learning and Schools. Plan A is a traditional, […]

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March 23, 2021 | Maryam Shahzad

MCPS School Board Votes to Combine Last Two Reopening Phases 

In a unanimous vote Tuesday, the Montgomery County Board of Education accelerated the phase-in plan when it comes to in-person learning by combining Phases 2.1 and 2.2.  Now, grades 7 and 10 will phase in by April 19, joining grades 8, 9 and 11. Originally, grades 7 and 10 were scheduled to return by April […]

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March 15, 2021 | Maryam Shahzad

MCPS Begins Broader Phase-In for In-Person Learning  

On Monday, Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) began its broader student phase-in for in-person learning. MCPS launched its return to in-person learning on March 1, when students in specific special education and career technology programs returned to buildings. More students in specific programs and in grades K-3 returned Monday. MyMCM visited Seneca Valley High School […]

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March 11, 2021 | Maryam Shahzad

Dr. Monifa McKnight Approved as MCPS Acting Superintendent Effective June 

On Thursday, the Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) school board unanimously approved Dr. Monifa McKnight, Deputy Superintendent, to become acting superintendent this summer. McKnight is the first Black woman to be named MCPS Superintendent for any amount of time, Spokesperson Gboyinde Onijala told MyMCM. Her new role is effective June 1, when current Superintendent Dr. […]

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February 3, 2021 | Maryam Shahzad

In State of the State Address, Hogan Reflects, Looks Ahead on Pandemic and Urges ‘Maryland Strong’

Gov. Larry Hogan delivered his seventh State of the State address Wednesday evening. In his virtual speech, Hogan warned Marylanders of the long COVID-19 vaccination process ahead. “…I have always been a straight shooter, so here’s the truth. Getting a vaccine to everyone who wants one will be a much longer and much more difficult […]

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January 29, 2021 | Maryam Shahzad

MCPS Will Present Plan Aiming to Bring Some Students Into Schools by March 1

Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) officials will soon make a recommendation about how small groups of students in some special education and Career Technology Education (CTE) programs could return to school buildings by March 1, as urged by Gov. Larry Hogan. “We’re going to make a recommendation on February 9 about how we could bring […]

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November 20, 2020 | Maryam Shahzad

Gayles Asks Private Schools to Consider Return to All-Virtual Instruction

On Thursday, Montgomery County Health Officer Dr. Travis Gayles asked private schools to consider a return to fully-virtual instruction. In a letter, Gayles said a recent surge in COVID-19 cases in the county will make it hard to maintain the current low rate of transmission in schools. He also cited that as of Tuesday, the […]

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