MCPS Responds to Gov. Hogan: “Our Focus Remains on the Academic Needs and the Health and Safety of Our Students and Staff.”

by Michelle Katz

MCPS Responds to Gov. Hogan: “Our Focus Remains on the Academic Needs and the Health and Safety of Our Students and Staff.”

Earlier today, Governor Hogan held a press conference where he announced that he is “urgently calling on all county school systems to return to hybrid instruction no later than March 1 if not sooner.”

During the press conference, he stated that “our health metrics are beginning to show signs of plateauing” and that “there is no public health reason” that is preventing the return to buildings.

MCPS responded to Hogan’s conference with a statement, which they shared via a press release.

Per the press release, MCPS maintains that they are committed to the safe return to in-person learning for all students but are “deeply concerned by the abrupt change to the health metrics guidance set forth by the state given that we are in the height of the pandemic.”  (The link shared in this statement leads to the MCPS Coronavirus dashboard, which at this moment shows a 14 day average case rate of 42.7 positive cases per 100k people and that 43 staff members are currently COVID positive and quarantining.)

They acknowledge that many in our community will have questions about what this announcement means for our students, staff and the MCPS recovery plan.  They stated that they will take the time to thoughtfully assess these important developments and continue to prepare for a successful start to the second semester.

MCPS has shared that the upcoming decisions about a return to in-person learning will be done with the collaboration of state and county health leaders.  The county acknowledges a shared sense of urgency in getting students back in buildings as soon as possible and as safely as possible, and concluded with the promise: “Our focus remains on the academic needs and the health and safety of our students and staff.”

The press release can be seen in full here.

By: Michelle Katz @pike.and.rozay



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Mirko January 21, 2021 - 10:51 pm

Biden asks schools to reopen within 100 days, Hogans asks schools to reopen by March 1st,but Mcps will still stay virtual till the end of time.

John January 22, 2021 - 6:35 am

Schools can’t even control the spread of lice or the common flu amongst children. How are they going to control the spread of COVID if it’s everywhere

Dave Ha January 22, 2021 - 2:39 pm

MCPS has no intention or plan to reopen the schools this year. They are not even trying or thinking about it. MCPS has failed to educate the students during virtual learning and there is no reason to believe that they care about the academic needs of the kids.

One example happened on Wednesday. Why were the elementary schools closed? My High School Son had Monday classes moved to Wednesday, but my 4th grade daughter’s school was closed because Wednesdays are never class days. If they cared we would have five days of virtual learning. And the days would not have less academic hours.

MCPS has failed. Open the schools and give a virtual options to anyone who requires it.


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