virtual learning

July 6, 2021 | Jordan Lindsay

MCPS Summer School Programs in Full Swing; More Than 53,000 Students Participating

Summer school programs for additional Montgomery County Public Schools [MCPS] students began on Tuesday. MCPS officials say overall, more than 53,000 students will be participating in various summer programs either in-person at a local school or on a virtual platform. MCPS Communications Supervisor Gboyinde Onijala explains how the school system plans to address learning disruptions […]

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June 23, 2021 | Suzanne Pollak

‘This Year has Been Pretty Rough’: Panelists Address Increased Mental Health Issues in Schools

Students, parents, teachers and administrators all suffered during the past year of virtual teaching, creating stress and mental health issues that often were not dealt with, according to panelists who spoke during a webinar Wednesday organized by U.S. Rep. David Trone. “This year has been pretty rough,” declared Kyson Taylor, a rising twelfth grader at […]

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June 15, 2021 | Suzanne Pollak

MCPS Teacher Defends Virtual Classrooms: ‘Students Did Learn’

While students and teachers rarely met face to face, “Students did learn. They learned academically, because we worked awfully hard.” said Wootton High School English teacher Dominique Parker. “The pandemic hit us hard, as it did everyone,” said Parker, who has been an educator for 19 years with Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS). Students also […]

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May 11, 2021 | Suzanne Pollak

MCPS Expected to Offer Five-Day-a-Week In-Person Learning This Fall

Multiple times during Tuesday afternoon’s meeting of the Montgomery County Public Schools Board of Education (BOE), school administration staff repeated that there will be a five-day-a-week in-school program in the fall, with a virtual academy offered to those who request them. This will be accomplished using a social distancing guideline of three feet. The BOE […]

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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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