From Montgomery County Public Schools:
Please complete the Parent Survey by December 3.
Parents are asked to complete this short survey to indicate whether their child(ren) will remain exclusively in a virtual learning environment or engage in a combination of in-person and virtual instruction during the second semester. Both options would allow students to participate in in-person athletics and extracurricular activities. Parents will also be asked to indicate if their child needs MCPS-provided transportation. We want to reiterate that families do have the choice to remain in a fully virtual model if they are uncomfortable with sending their child(ren) back to a school building. Please note that once you’ve made your selection, changes may be made only under unique circumstances. Additionally, any family that does not make a selection will default to the virtual-only experience in order to ensure we consider and plan for maximum staffing and space use. The survey closes on Dec. 3. Families will receive details on next steps and school-specific information in January.
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
- MCPS has developed a health metrics dashboard for a safe, phased-in return to in-person instruction.
- If metrics are met, the district will start to bring some students back for in-person instruction beginning Jan. 12, 2021. The initial return will focus solely on students in specific special education and Career Technology Education (CTE) programs. These families will be notified if selected.
- Larger groups of students may begin phasing in on Feb. 1, 2021.
- An exclusively virtual learning option will be available for families who do not wish to return to in-person learning.
- A survey is now open for parents to indicate if they want their child to remain exclusively in a virtual learning environment or engage in a combination of in-person and virtual instruction during the second semester.
- In-person experiences could include a combination of the three following models
- In-person support for virtual learning. Students will receive staff support with organization, understanding, and completing virtual coursework.
- Simultaneous learning. Students will be engaged in classrooms that combine in-person instruction with students engaging remotely.
- Direct instruction. Students will receive in-person instruction without a remote component for that particular course.
- How instruction will be delivered once we return to buildings may be differentiated for students, given capacity restrictions and staff availability. Parents will receive more information about their school-specific model in January. Survey responses will be used to develop each community and level-specific model. Again, all students may opt to remain fully virtual, and we know the virtual model will play a significant role in our delivery of instruction for the foreseeable future.