MCPS to Offer Virtual Only Option Next Year

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MCPS to Offer Virtual Only Option Next Year

Montgomery County Public Schools will offer a full-time virtual option next year for students and families that have health and safety concerns due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to Bethesda Beat, MCPS announced in a school board meeting last week that they will offer the yearlong “virtual academy” to students in pre-k through the 12th grade.

Director of MCPS’ Department of Technology Integration and Support Kara Trenkamp is quoted as saying, “the idea for our youngest learners is that you’re in brick and mortar, because that’s where we feel we can serve you best,” and “we really want our elementary and middle school kids in school, but with that said, we know that we will have families that require a virtual option for health reasons for the child, or for the family in general. We also know we have other extenuating circumstances.”

MCPS will be sending out a survey sometime this week to get input and to determine how many students and families would be interested in the program.

Students enrolled in the online program will be enrolled at their “home schools”, but will receive all of their instruction online. They will still be eligible to participate in afterschool sports and activities.

You can read the full Bethesda Beat article here.

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