MCPS to Meet January 12th to Determine if Metrics Can Be Met by February 1st
Montgomery County Public School Board will be meeting Tuesday, January 12th at 11AM to determine if the metrics have been met to allow certain groups of students to return to in-person learning on February 1st.
The meeting will be broadcast live at montgomeryschoolsmd.org
Earlier today, Governor Hogan announced that teachers and education staff will be included in Phase 1B of vaccinations, which is currently scheduled for late January.
At the December 15th meeting we learned the following:
The new health metric matrix shows special student populations and group 1 returning to school buildings under a 14 day average new case rate of 10-15 per 100k. Additionally, Groups 2 and 3 are now under consideration for partial in-person experience at that same benchmark.
Here is the old matrix that was initially under consideration:
The older matrix, which was initially proposed, shows only special student populations being considered for (minimal) in person experiences at the 14 day average new case rate of 10-15 per 100k. The initially proposed matrix also shows groups of students going back in 3 phases, with the last group going in at an average new case rate of less than 5 people.
The new, approved matrix shows more students going back sooner, with ALL students having the option for a partial in person experience at a new case rate of 5-10 per 100k, and consideration for all students at a case rate of 10-15 per 100k.
Currently, MoCo is at an average case rate of 41.9 people per 100k, which is significantly higher than the benchmarks that would allow for in-person learning.