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December 17, 2020 | Deirdre Byrne

MCPS Superintendent Proposes Decreased Budget for FY 2022 as Enrollment Drops

Montgomery County Public Schools Superintendent Jack Smith announced in a prerecorded video Thursday that he’s recommending a $2.7 billion operating budget for the fiscal year 2022. The budget is a 1.5% decrease and a $42.6 million decrease from the FY 2021 budget. Smith said the budget was developed recognizing the “profound” impact the coronavirus has had […]

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December 16, 2020 | Deirdre Byrne

School Employees Should be Prioritized for Vaccine, Superintendents Say

Maryland Schools Superintendent Karen Salmon and Montgomery County Public Schools Superintendent Jack Smith said Tuesday they would like to see education employees be some of the first people to receive the coronavirus vaccine. The FDA approved Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine on Friday and Gov. Larry Hogan announced at a press briefing Tuesday that every Maryland hospital […]

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December 15, 2020 | Andrea Sarralde

Retorno al Salón de Clases se Pospone al 1 de Febrero si se Cumplen las Métricas

Los primeros estudiantes de las Escuelas Públicas del Condado de Montgomery (MCPS) regresarán al aula el 1 de febrero sólo si la tasa de positividad de COVID-19 del condado es del 5% o menos y hay menos de 15 casos nuevos por cada 100,000 residentes, así lo acordó la Junta de Educación por unanimidad, el […]

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December 15, 2020 | Suzanne Pollak

Students’ Return to Classroom Pushed Back to Feb. 1 if Metrics Are Met

The earliest Montgomery County Public School students will return to the classroom is Feb. 1 and that only will occur if the county’s COVID-19 positivity rate is 5% or below and there are fewer than 15 new cases for every 100,000 residents, the Board of Education unanimously agreed Dec. 15. Tuesday, the positivity rate was […]

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November 16, 2020 | Suzanne Pollak

MCPS Superintendent Discusses Student Return to Classroom at 9 a.m. Monday

Montgomery County Public Schools Superintendent Jack Smith is holding a media briefing this morning to discuss the framework for bringing students back into the physical classrooms for in-person learning in January. The 9 a.m. briefing will be live streamed on the MCPS website. MOMENTS AWAY: @MCPS Superintendent Dr. Jack R. Smith hosts a live media […]

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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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