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October 6, 2021 | Maryam Shahzad

Walk to School Day Encourages Safe Routes and Practices for Students, Drivers

International Walk to School Day encourages students to walk or bike to school and promotes safe practices and routes. Students at Summit Hall Elementary School in Gaithersburg arrived to a lively Walk to School Day event Wednesday morning. Montgomery County leaders, fire/rescue personnel and playful mascots interacted with children while promoting safe travel to school. […]

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September 22, 2021 | Maryam Shahzad

School Bus Gets Stuck in ‘Sinkhole’, Several Students Removed With No Injuries 

Several students were safely evacuated after a school bus was stuck in a small “sinkhole” in Layhill, County Fire and Rescue Service (MCFRS) Chief Spokesperson Pete Piringer shared. One person was evaluated but there were no injuries, he said. MCFRS responded to Leclair Court around 7 a.m. Wednesday morning and Piringer said the “sinkhole” was […]

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September 17, 2021 | Maryam Shahzad

Montgomery College Will Mandate COVID-19 Vaccinations for Staff and Students

Montgomery College will require staff and students to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, per a release from the college. Exemptions are possible for medical and religious reasons. All faculty and staff must verify full vaccination status by Nov. 8 and all students by Jan. 7, 2022. Students who do not submit verification must apply for […]

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September 15, 2021 | Maryam Shahzad

MCPS Introduces Five-Point Plan to Enhance COVID-19 Response

Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) updated its COVID-19 playbook with a new five-point plan, Interim Superintendent Dr. Monifa McKnight said during a virtual briefing in front of the county council Tuesday. McKnight designed the plan to enhance and strengthen COVID-19 measures and position MCPS to respond nimbly to the unexpected. The plan is as follows: […]

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September 14, 2021 | Maryam Shahzad

MCPS Updates Quarantine Guidelines 

Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) has updated its COVID-19 quarantine guidelines. To summarize, in most situations, close contacts of symptomatic students will no longer be required to quarantine unless that student tests positive for COVID-19 or had a known exposure to someone with the virus, said Heather Dublinske, MCPS Coordinator for Student Welfare and Compliance. […]

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August 30, 2021 | Maryam Shahzad

Leaders Focused on Mental Health Needs as Students Return to School

Monday was the first day of school for nearly 160,000 Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) students. MCPS is beginning the new academic year with in-person instruction five-days-a-week after 18 months of virtual and phased in-person learning due to COVID-19. While students live through a pandemic, leaders want to make sure they are supporting their mental […]

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August 25, 2021 | Michelle Queen

County Holding COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic Wednesday at Kennedy High School

Montgomery County is hosting a free vaccination clinic for public school students on Wednesday, Aug. 25 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at John F. Kennedy High School. The clinic, which is open to students 12 years and older, will offer the Pfizer vaccine. Appointments are available online at MarylandVax.org.  Students must fill out all required […]

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August 20, 2021 | Carey Heller, Psy.D.

Dr. Carey Heller

Blog: Back-to-School 2021 Preparation Strategies

It’s hard to believe that school starts in about a week for many students in the Washington, D.C. area and across the country. There may be many things different about this school year than past ones, especially how students’ experiences from the past school year and pandemic in general impact their mindset, motivation, emotional health, […]

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August 11, 2021 | Joshua Casazza

Vote for Your Favorite Student Vaccine Video

A public service announcement contest, “Take Your Shot”, was launched to encourage students to educate fellow young people about the COVID-19 vaccine. Now the top 16 submissions from the contest compete online to see who is the fan favorite. The video that gets the most likes on YouTube will be declared the winner. And its […]

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July 30, 2021 | Maryam Shahzad

County May Restore Indoor Mask Mandate Per New CDC Recommendation  

Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich has recommended the county reinstate the COVID-19 indoor mask mandate if the jurisdiction reaches what the CDC defines as “substantial transmission”: 50 new cases per 100,000 residents for seven days, which is about 525 new cases over a seven-day period for the county. According to a county release Friday, “The […]

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