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August 5, 2020 | Suzanne Pollak

MCPS Details All-Virtual First Semester

Montgomery County Public Schools’ plan for the first semester, while totally virtual, is designed to be as similar to an in-school day as possible and includes virtual extracurricular activities, free lunches and distribution of all necessary technical equipment. Superintendent Jack Smith released a 43-page “Reimagine, Reopen, Recover” draft plan that will be presented to the […]

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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 18, 2020 | Suzanne Pollak

MCPS Releases Video To Address Rumors About Opening of Schools

Montgomery County Public Schools released a 12-minute video Saturday and a letter to the school community to clear up rumors swirling throughout the community concerning the opening of schools, which is set for Aug. 31. Schools will be held virtually until county and state officials deem it safe to return to the classroom, explained MCPS […]

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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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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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