School Notes: Board of Education to discuss plan for fall classes on Tuesday

The Montgomery County Board of Education will meet on Tuesday and conduct a comprehensive review of preliminary plans for fall classes in Montgomery County Public Schools.

The meeting will be held virtually and begin at noon.

MCPS staff members are expected to present early ideas about whether students will return to school buildings when classes resume on Aug. 31, and detail what safety measures would be in place if they do.

The discussion is scheduled to last two hours.

On Saturday, the school district released its draft plan for the fall semester, which shows students beginning the academic year fully online with a phased approach to bring them back to school buildings part-time by the end of November.

The plan does not say when the first group of students will re-enter school buildings, but outlines three phases that will be used to gradually bring students back. Each phase will last between two and four weeks, the plan says.

The first group of students to return will be those in special education programs and “transition grades,” meaning they’re moving to a new school level. That includes pre-kindergarten, kindergarten, sixth grade and high school freshmen.

The second phase will include first grade, second grade, seventh grade and high school sophomores.

The third phase includes third grade through fifth grade, eighth grade and high school juniors and seniors.