Montgomery County, Maryland Public Schools Announcement

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Montgomery County, Maryland Public Schools Announcement


Montgomery County Public Schools' students will not return to the classroom until Jan. 29, 2021, at the earliest. 

In a letter on Tuesday, Gayles wrote, "based upon the current state of surveillance and epidemiological data, I would not recommend in-person instruction for students inside school buildings at this time. I recommend investing in a virtual instruction model until, at earliest, the completion of the first quarter in November, with consideration for virtual instruction through the first semester."

In an earlier letter on Saturday, Smith wrote that student and staff safety is a top priority and that in-person instruction will not return until state and local officials give a green light.

"Our goal for the 2020-2021 school year is to provide high-quality instruction and learning experiences for all MCPS students, whether virtually or in person," Smith wrote in a letter on Monday. "And while we hope to be able to bring back as many students as possible for in-person instruction on a consistent basis in the coming months, we cannot and will not do so until we have received clearance from state and local officials who continue to review local and national data very closely."

Smith also wrote that fall and winter sports have been canceled outright.

"We will reassess at the end of the first quarter (Nov. 9) to determine if we are able to implement a phased blended model in the second semester (starting Feb. 1, 2021)," Smith wrote. "We will continue to engage with our community as we continue to navigate this incredibly complex situation."

Smith said MCPS will provide an updated reopening plan to the Board of Education on Aug. 6. The update, he said, will include readjustments based on recommendations from local health officials and feedback from students, staff and the community.

Smith also said the district is working on systems to guarantee all students have access to digital devices and the internet when way from school.

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Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Maryland schools will have the option to reopen in the fall if their jurisdiction permits, the state superintendent said at a press conference. The compromise satisfies both counties with few coronavirus cases itching to reopen and jurisdictions where the pandemic is widespread.

"I hear every day from those who passionately demand that schools be fully reopened as well as those who are adamant in appeals for only virtual learning," Superintendent Karen Salmon said. "In striking a balance and offering local flexibility, we offer an approach that we hope will lead to more in-person school time."

Counties may now choose to have online classes, in-person instruction or a hybrid between the two. Districts that choose to reopen must follow strict guidelines set by the state and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


Students and staff will have to wear masks at all times. Furthermore, everybody will have to remain six feet apart whenever possible, which may leave some classrooms with fewer students. Schools must alert their communities if a student or teacher catches coronavirus. They must also notify everybody who had close contact with that person.


Parents can help by checking their student's temperature every morning. They should only go to school if they don't have a fever, Salmon noted.

Jul 27, 2020 06:56 AM
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

It is sad to see all that is going around and the world that we live in especially since it is so difficult to know what is true and not true about what we are told.

Jul 27, 2020 07:01 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Roy,  I have to say, I agree with this to control this virus and better to be safe then sorry.


Jul 27, 2020 08:22 AM
Doug Dawes
Keller Williams Realty Evolution - Topsfield, MA - Georgetown, MA
Your Personal Realtor®

Everyone is struggling with this Roy Kelley 

In our town the suggestion is ½ the classes will attend school physically while the other ½ learn virtually THEN the next week it is reversed.

Personally, I think they should open given the evidence from other countries and doctors. 

Jul 27, 2020 09:51 AM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

I am so glad my children are all grown now.  These are tough times for many families.

Jul 27, 2020 08:29 PM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Good morning, Roy... I am so happy that we have no kids at home to worry about right now. (Or grandkids, for that matter... all are out of school except for one who is a senior at Vanderbilt University and they are opening).

Jul 28, 2020 05:10 AM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Your feedback is always welcome and is very much appreciated.

Jul 28, 2020 05:21 AM