MCPS sent out a letter to the community announcing that 16 schools will begin virtual learning on Thursday, January 20th.
Earlier today, during a meeting with the Montgomery County Council, Interim Superintendent Dr. Monifa McKnight announced that additional schools would be going virtual and that the schools would be named in a message that would be sent out later in the day.
Below is the full message:
“Dear MCPS Community,
After review of multiple key factors, 16 schools will move to virtual learning for 10 calendar days. In the interest of the overall school community’s health and safety, these schools will begin a period of virtual learning from Jan. 20 through Jan. 29. They will return to in-person learning on Monday, Jan. 31.
The schools are:
The decision to pause in-person instruction involves the examination of a number of key factors; these key factors are taken into consideration with each individual school’s unique characteristics that range from specific programs to operational readiness. Individual school communities will receive a letter announcing the change and some of the specifics that helped inform the decision for that individual school.
The key factors used in this decision include:
- Student attendance rate (three-day average)
- Staff absences (three-day average)
- Number of bus routes unable to provide service in both morning and afternoon (three-day average)
- Unfilled substitute requests (three-day average)
- COVID-19 cases among students and staff in the past 10 days
- Feedback from a multistakeholder group from the school community
To prepare for this change in operations, teachers will have one day of preparation where students will participate in remote asynchronous learning. Full virtual, teacher-led instruction will then take place. Families will receive information, guidance and resources for what to expect in virtual learning. Childcare programs may continue as scheduled.
Montgomery County Public Schools”
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