Additional MCPS Schools to go Virtual This Thursday

During this morning’s County Council meeting, Interim Superintendent Dr. Monifa McKnight and Board of Education Vice President Brenda Wolfe gave an update on MCPS’ COVID-19 response.

McKnight said that an announcement will be coming later today regarding more schools going virtual beginning this Thursday, January 20th. The schools were not listed during the meeting.

Meeting Notes:

Brenda Wolfe:
-Expressed appreciation towards students, staff, and community for their passionate advocacy for students.

-Challenges and obstacles shifted during pandemic.

-No central agreement on how to proceed, must listen to a vast array of voices.

-Listening closely to what health, education, and operational experts say.

-BOE is committed to an open conversation.

 

Monifa McKnight:

-Began by thanking the Council and saying she was deeply appreciative towards leaders of the county and families.

-Pandemic has taken a lot of patience, 20 months later still shifting and making adjustments.

-Unlike anything our school system has experienced in modern history.

-MCPS has been a leader in the response to COVID-19. 53,000 students served during summer school program last year.

-Increase in pay to substitute teachers as part of alleviating shortage challenges.

-There is no specific threshold for automatic transition to virtual learning.

-Multiple factors to determine if schools go virtual, including staff absences, student absences, unserved bus routes, unfilled substitute positions, and COVID-19 case rates.

-MCPS is requesting support from DHHS (or another government agency) to assume all responsibility for contact tracing.

-MCPS is asking Montgomery County to provide 190K rapid tests every other week in order to provide kit to every student and every staff member.

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Free Community Father-Daughter Dance

Fathers and father figures, create unforgettable memories with your daughter at our free community father-daughter dance on June 1st, from 6-8 pm. Hosted outdoors at Olney Baptist Church. This event offers a delightful outdoor experience complete with a DJ spinning tunes, interactive games, a charming photo booth, delicious treats, and exciting raffle prizes. Fathers/father figures and daughters of all ages are warmly welcomed to share in this special evening together. Join us for an evening of joy, laughter, and cherished moments!

In the spirit of giving back to our community, we are partnering with Quest to Feed Montgomery to make a meaningful difference in the lives of those in need. We kindly ask each attendee to bring along a non-perishable food item to donate during the event. Every contribution, no matter how small, will go a long way in supporting families facing food insecurity in our area.

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