The Latest on a Return to In-Person Learning
In case you missed it, an update on the plan for in-person learning was discussed during the Jan. 28 Board of Education meeting. The following email was sent to staff on Friday, Jan. 29.
Dear Parents, Guardians, Staff and Students:
The Board of Education met yesterday (Jan. 28) to discuss MCPS’ plan for the return of students to in-person learning. MCPS staff provided an update on current health conditions in the county, vaccination plans for MCPS staff and ongoing work to ensure school buildings are ready for the return of students and staff. No action was planned or taken regarding the reopening of schools at this meeting.
The Board also discussed Governor Larry Hogan’s updated guidance on the reopening of schools. Superintendent Jack Smith shared with the Board that MCPS is exploring bringing back groups of students receiving special education services and those in specific Career Technology Education (CTE) programs by March 1. MCPS will present more information on this plan to the Board on Feb. 9. MCPS is also proceeding with its plan for the phased-return of additional student groups beginning March 15.
Health, Safety and Operations
During the meeting, the Board viewed several videos that highlight MCPS’ recovery efforts, including:
- Required Health and Safety Practices for Reopening (face coverings, handwashing and distancing)
- School Building Preparations
As part of the reopening strategy, registration for fall sports opens Jan. 29 through ParentVue. The target start date is Feb. 27, 2021.
(Watch a video on Physical Distancing and Safety During Sports.)
The Board will meet again on Feb. 9 and Feb. 23 to take action on MCPS’ recovery plan. A detailed timeline, including school-specific information on what in-person experiences will look like for students (for instance, how many days a week students will attend in person, instructional models, etc.), will be shared following the Feb. 9 meeting.