2021 | Schools

School board to discuss reopening, strategic plan for achievement on Tuesday

Meeting begins at noon in Rockville

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The Montgomery County Board of Education will meet on Tuesday afternoon to receive an update about the school district’s fall reopening and discuss the Every Student Succeeds Act, the main law that governs K-12 education in the United States.

The meeting will begin at noon at the school district’s headquarters in Rockville. It will be open to the public.

The board will first discuss the progress of schools’ reopening in the fall semester. The academic year began on Aug. 30 with 160,000 students returning to school buildings, many for the first time in more than a year.

Although there have been more than 350 positive cases of COVID-19 reported in the district’s 209 schools since the school year began, officials have called the reopening largely successful. The cases represent less than 1% of the MCPS enrollment and staffing.

The board will then discuss the MCPS strategic plan for implementing the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).

ESSA holds schools and districts accountable for students’ achievement and performance, particularly students from marginalized groups.

The board will then review preliminary plans for an addition project at Silver Spring International Middle School.

Staff reports for the meeting were not available as of Thursday afternoon.

The meeting is scheduled to adjourn at about 5:30 p.m.

This will be the second meeting with seven members, rather than the standard eight. The board’s eighth member, Pat O’Neill died on Sept. 15 at age 71. The board has not yet begun the process to fill her vacant seat for the final year of her term.