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September 1, 2020 | Maryam Shahzad

State Education Association Says Teachers Had ‘Wind Completely Knocked Out of Their Sails’

“Dr. Salmon’s proposal has completely demoralized educators across this state.” Maryland State Education Association (MSEA) President Cheryl Bost wrote a letter to the State Board of Education Monday that was very critical of proposals made by State Superintendent Dr. Karen Salmon last week. "Will you do the right and sensible thing for the students and […]

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August 31, 2020 | Deirdre Byrne

Photos: A Very Virtual Start to the School Year in Montgomery County

Montgomery County Public Schools has officially started online learning. Here’s what the first day of the 2020-2021 academic year looked like for MCPS students: Which student are you when it comes to online learning? Some students start online learning like this… — MyMCMedia (@mymcmedia) August 31, 2020 Which are you? — MyMCMedia (@mymcmedia) August […]

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August 31, 2020 | Suzanne Pollak

First Day Of Virtual School Comes With New Technology Rules

What to wear? When will the bus be here? Those were not the big questions asked today by students on the first day of school. Instead, Montgomery County Public Schools’ decision to teach virtually elicited questions far different from the ones we are all used to. Internet privacy issues, absenteeism and use of the chat […]

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August 31, 2020 | Andrea Sarralde

Elrich y el Concejo Responde a Hogan: ‘Estamos Consternados y Perplejos’

El Ejecutivo del condado de Montgomery, Marc Elrich, y el Concejo del condado dejaron en claro que no están contentos con el anuncio del gobernador Larry Hogan de “autorizar” a las escuelas a reabrir en persona y presionar para que implementen planes de aprendizaje híbridos. “Estamos consternados y perplejos de que el gobernador Hogan hiciera […]

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August 31, 2020 | Jordan Lindsay

MCPS Kicks Off School Year Virtually

The first day of school is in full swing for the 163,000 Montgomery County Public School (MCPS) students. The 2020-21 school year is off to a different start due to the COVID-19 health crisis. On Monday, MCPS began the school year in a virtual-only instructional model outlined in the Fall 2020 Recovery Plan. Last week, Gov. […]

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August 28, 2020 | Jordan Lindsay

MCPS Provides School Supplies for Virtual Learning

Governor Larry Hogan announced on Thursday that local school districts can and should return to in-person instruction. However, Montgomery County Public Schools issued a statement saying, due to short notice, they will begin the school year in a virtual-only instructional model on Monday, August 31, as scheduled. The ‘MCPS Give Backpacks Campaign‘ is providing school […]

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August 28, 2020 | Maryam Shahzad

Hogan to School Boards Not Planning on in Class Instruction: ‘That is Not Acceptable’

Gov. Larry Hogan announced Thursday that thanks to improving COVID-19 metrics, all jurisdictions in Maryland are able to safely reopen schools for in-person learning. State Superintendent Dr. Karen Salmon agreed with Hogan and said school systems should re-evaluate their plans by the end of the first quarter, especially those that plan to stay virtual into […]

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August 28, 2020 | Andrea Sarralde

Los Retos de un Papá Soltero Durante la Pandemia y un Regreso a Clases Virtuales

Las Escuelas Públicas del condado de Montgomery inician su año académico 2020-2021 el 31 de agosto con instrucción sólo virtual, al menos durante el primer semestre en el otoño. Reinaldo Picón-Colón nos abrió la puerta de su hogar para contarnos cómo se ha adaptado, siendo papá soltero de tres hijos, desde el inicio de la […]

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August 28, 2020 | Andrea Sarralde

Hogan: Todos los Condados están ‘Totalmente Autorizados’ para Educación Presencial

El gobernador Larry Hogan anunció que, como resultado de las métricas de salud, todos los condados de Maryland ahora están “totalmente autorizados” para comenzar a reabrir escuelas de manera segura para el aprendizaje en persona. “Ahora casi todo el mundo está de acuerdo en que no hay sustituto para la instrucción en persona”, dijo en […]

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August 28, 2020 | Suzanne Pollak

Montgomery Blair High School Prepares For Opening Day

With the first day of school only three days away, a lot was going on at the parking lot of Montgomery Blair High School on University Boulevard East in Silver Spring. A bright red Welcome Back Blazers sign was being hung on the front entrance, although students will be learning virtually until at least January.  Bus […]

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