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May 6, 2020 | Deirdre Byrne

Maryland Public Schools to Stay Closed Remainder of Academic Year

Maryland Public Schools will remain closed for the remainder of the academic 2019-2020 school year. Online learning will continue and students will not return to campuses because of the coronavirus. The announcement was made Wednesday at a news conference with Gov. Larry Hogan and State Superintendent Dr. Karen Salmon. Salmon said, “After extensive discussions with […]

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April 16, 2020 | Suzanne Pollak

COVID-19 Cases on the Rise, Numbers Have Yet to Peak

The county currently is experiencing a surge in the number of COVID-19 cases, according to Montgomery County Health Officer Dr. Travis Gayles. However, the number of cases has not yet peaked, he said during a wide-ranging virtual community briefing on the pandemic late Thursday afternoon. The peak could come “as soon as this weekend, as […]

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February 6, 2020 | Jordan Lindsay

MCPS Continues Efforts to Combat Hate, Bias, and Discrimination in Schools

Superintendent Jack Smith held his monthly media briefing on Thursday. Topics of discussion included efforts to combat hate and bias in schools, vaping awareness, and pedestrian safety. Deputy Superintendent Monifa McKnight also shared details on what plans MCPS continues to have in place to make sure there is inclusion and acceptance for all students.

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January 13, 2020 | Jordan Lindsay

MCPS Superintendent Addresses Boundary Analysis ‘Misinformation’

During his monthly press conference on Jan. 7, Superintendent Jack Smith responded to recent questions and concerns regarding the District Wide Boundary Analysis. He said the analysis will examine the utilization of the 208 school buildings throughout the county. That includes the geographic configuration of schools, racial and cultural socioeconomic diversity of schools, and overall […]

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January 7, 2020 | Jordan Lindsay

MCPS Superintendent Addresses Hate and Bias in Schools

Hate and bias in schools were among the key topics discussed during Superintendent of MCPS Jack Smith’s monthly presser on Tuesday. Smith’s comments come amid acts of racism and anti-Semitism in a handful of schools in the county. Officials with MCPS say the goal is to ensure all schools are a welcoming place for all […]

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November 18, 2019 | Deirdre Byrne

MCPS Announces Meetings for Districtwide Boundary Analysis

During his monthly press conference, Montgomery County Public Schools Superintendent Jack Smith announced upcoming meetings for families to weigh in on the MCPS’s Districtwide Boundary Analysis study. The first hearing takes place Monday evening in the Board of Education’s hearing room, located at 850 Hungerford Drive in Rockville. There are more meetings about the boundary […]

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October 7, 2019 | Jordan Lindsay

School Superintendent Smith Addresses MCPS External Review of After-School Supervision

On October 31 a sexual assault took place in the boys’ locker room at Damascus High School. Since then, Montgomery County Public Schools has taken immediate steps to ensure the safety and security of students participating in athletic and extracurricular programs. An external review of after-school supervision at high schools throughout the county was just […]

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September 20, 2019 | Maryam Shahzad

MCPS Says Students at Climate Strike Are Unexcused

Montgomery County students left school Friday to participate in the Washington, D.C. Climate Strike, against Montgomery County Public Schools’ (MCPS) recommendation. The strike is part of Friday’s Global Climate Strike, which includes more than 150 countries rallying for climate change reform.  Clarksburg on the bus to the #ClimateStrike… Public transit ridership is the first step! […]

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September 17, 2019 | Andrea Sarralde

Navarro Presenta Programa de Equidad Racial para el Condado

La actual Presidenta del Concejo del Condado de Montgomery, Nancy Navarro, presentó el proyecto de ley 27-19 en una conferencia de prensa el martes, que crearía un programa de equidad racial y justicia social para el gobierno del condado de Montgomery. Navarro ha encabezado el esfuerzo para crear una política sobre la equidad racial en […]

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September 16, 2019 | Deirdre Byrne

Navarro to Introduce County-Wide Racial Equity Program

Nancy Navarro is introducing Bill 27-19 at a press conference Tuesday, which would create a racial equity and social justice program for Montgomery County government. Navarro has been spearheading the effort to create a policy about racial equity in the county since April 2018. Meanwhile, since March 2019, Navarro, County Executive Marc Elrich, and other […]

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