virtual learning

April 23, 2021 | Grace Kpetemey

MCPS Addresses Challenges in Virtual Learning

The Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) Department of Curriculum and Instructional Programs has developed a long-term plan to address the learning loss during the pandemic.  According to MCPS, national research has shown that math achievement has been impacted by the pandemic more than any other content area in K-12 education.  The department’s long-term plan will […]

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April 9, 2021 | Suzanne Pollak

Two-Thirds of County Schools Have Waiting Lists of Students Wanting to be in Classrooms

Two-thirds of Montgomery County Public Schools currently have a waiting list of students wishing to return to schools rather than learn completely online. Of MCPS’ 208 schools, 130 have a waiting list, according to Gboyinde Onijala, supervisor of public information, who noted that she was unsure of the number of families on waiting lists. There […]

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February 17, 2021 | Suzanne Pollak

Teachers Vote No Confidence on Return to School Plans; Superintendent Is ‘Perplexed’

Elected worksite representatives from the Montgomery County Education Association “overwhelmingly passed a resolution stating a lack of confidence” with Montgomery County Public Schools Board of Education’s unanimous vote to return to the classroom beginning in March. MCEA also asked for a meeting with the BOE. In the resolution, the teachers union called MCPS’ plans inadequate […]

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February 16, 2021 | Suzanne Pollak

B-CC Students Weigh the Pros and Cons of Virtual vs In-Person Learning

Two Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School students talked to MyMCM about the pros and cons of virtual learning as Montgomery County Public Schools prepare to welcome students back into the classroom. Rebecca Lewis, a junior, said that while she is safe and is learning, staying at home has its drawbacks. It is hard to make friends […]

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February 11, 2021 | Suzanne Pollak

Teachers Union ‘Deeply Troubled’ by ‘Reckless’ Decision to Return to Classroom

MCEA, the teachers union in Montgomery County, called the Montgomery County Public Schools’ Board of Education’s decision to bring students back into the classroom “reckless.” “MCEA is deeply troubled by the irresponsible reopening plan approved Tuesday by the MCPS Board of Education. The administration’s presentation was riddled with misleading remarks leading to a host of […]

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February 9, 2021 | Suzanne Pollak

MCPS Will Return to In-School Learning with Phased-In Approach March 1

Montgomery County Public School’s Board of Education members unanimously agreed Tuesday to return students to the classroom beginning with small groups of the most vulnerable students on March 1 and continuing through April 26 at the latest for seventh and 10th graders. About 500 students in 68 schools are expected to return March 1. The […]

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December 22, 2020 | Jordan Lindsay

MCPS Reveals Priorities for FY 2022 Operating Budget

Montgomery County Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Jack Smith released his $2.7 billion recommendation for the Fiscal Year 2022 Operating Budget last week. Top funding priorities include: Enhancing staff capabilities in new ways to meet challenges amid the COVID-19 health crisis. Additional support for struggling learners and efforts to support students who have had a hard […]

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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

Montgomery College to Maintain Virtual Learning Through Spring 2021

Montgomery College President DeRionne Pollard announced Wednesday that the college will continue remote virtual learning instruction through its spring 2021 semester, which begins Jan. 25, 2021. Pollard said in a statement that the decision was made to prioritize the health and safety of students in light of the coronavirus. “It has become clear that bringing […]

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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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