11 MCPS Schools Will Move to Virtual Learning Due to High Covid Rates; Additional Notes From This Morning’s MCPS Press Conference

by MCS Staff

Updated at 10am with additional information

  • As of 6am on Monday, January 3, 2022, 5,680 students and staff reported testing positive for Covid-19 over the winter break.
  • 4,677 cases over last five days of winter break.
  • Positive cases is resulting in abnormally high staff absences across MCPS, including teachers, bus drivers, and cafeteria workers.
  • Schools will be sorted into three categories– green, yellow, and red. The categories will identify whether individual schools are below the 5% threshold (5% of the population of students and staff testing positive in a 14 day period).

Green- under 3% report testing positive within the last 14 days

Yellow- between 3-5% report testing positive within the last 14 days

Red- 5% or more have reported testing positive in the last 14 days.

  • When a school reaches the Red category, MCPS will confirm the next best steps with the Department of Health and Human Services. This includes the possibility of transitioning to 14 days (calendar days) of virtual learning.

Schools that will currently be transitioning to virtual learning for 14 days, starting tomorrow (Wednesday, January 5th)

  • Rock Terrace School
  • Cannon Road ES
  • North Chevy Chase ES
  • Hallie Wells MS
  • Monocacy ES
  • Roberto Clemente MS
  • Forest Knolls ES
  • Waters Landing ES
  • Rosemont ES
  • Seneca Valley HS
  • Sherwood ES


The full media briefing can be seen here.

Additional information from MCPS presentation to county council:


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1 comment

Lisa Carver January 4, 2022 - 2:19 pm

All schools should go back to virtual learning for at least 2 or 4 weeks. This virus will continue to spread whether you are vaccinated or not.


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