Board of Education Approves Virtual-Only Return to School for First Semester

August 7, 2020

On Thursday, Aug. 6, the Montgomery County Board of Education discussed Montgomery County Public Schools’ (MCPS) draft Recovery of Education Plan for the 2020-2021 school year. The draft guide provides an overview of the district’s plan for virtual instruction for the first semester. The Board voted to approve a virtual-only reopening for the 2020-2021 school year, which begins on Monday, Aug. 31. MCPS will work with local and state leaders in November to reassess the decision and make recommendations for possible in-person instruction beginning in the second semester, if health conditions allow. The Board did not vote on approval of the draft Recovery of Education plan, but provided input and asked questions. They will review and take final action on the components of the virtual-only plan on Aug. 25.

The MCPS Fall 2020: Reimagine, Reopen, Recover Guide discussed at the Aug. 6 meeting provides information on the district’s considerations on a number of topics, including :

  • Engaging live and recorded instruction for all students

  • Highlights of a sample instructional week that include:

    • Daily class meetings and social-emotional learning

    • Math

    • Literacy

    • Related and special services
      (English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), special education)

    • Interventions/individual support

    • Social studies/science

    • Art, music, P.E.

  • Additional supports for students with special needs and students receiving ESOL services

  • Opportunities for participation in a variety of extracurricular activities and athletics

  • An overview of plans for grading and tracking attendance and student engagement

  • Resources and training for staff, students and families on a wide range of topics

To view the draft guide and stay up-to-date on information regarding plans for the 2020-2021 school year, visit the Fall 2020 Recovery website.

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