UPDATE: Montgomery County School Board votes to bring students to classroom four days a week starting March 8

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UPDATE 12:45 p.m.: Montgomery County school officials provided additional details about the schedule implications following the school board’s decision to implement Phase 3, Level 3 of reopening in mid-March.

According to Montgomery County Public Schools, students will attend in-person classes on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday starting March 8 using the following schedule:

  • Elementary schools: 9:15 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.
  • Middle and high schools: 8:05 a.m. to 2:50 p.m.

However, Wednesday will still be a “student check-in day” for cleaning and teacher planning.

Families will still be able to choose if they want their students to attend classes face-to-face or in a remote fashion, but hybrid options will not be available.

MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) — During Tuesday night’s meeting, the Montgomery County School Board decided to eliminate half-day in-person/virtual attendance and have students spend four full days a week either in the classroom or learning remotely as of March 8.

This decision comes after an hours-long meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 23, during which time the Montgomery County School Board voted 4-3 vote to implement Phase 3, Level 3 of the school district’s reopening plan in less than two weeks, according to the meeting agenda.

The recommendation for the phase/level change presented at the meeting involves all-day attendance four days a week starting March 8, with Wednesdays still serving as an at-home learning day for students and a planning day for teachers.

All students will reportedly be allowed to pursue the full-day, face-to-face instruction option. School officials estimate 69 percent of students will attend take part in this manner of learning based on the current number of students attending in-person instruction.

In addition, while remote instruction will still be an option, half-day in-person and half-day remote attendance will no longer be an option, the proposal says.

This proposal was initially discussed during a school board meeting on Feb. 16, but the vote on the matter was postponed in order to allow students, staff members, parents, and community members to complete a questionnaire about their thoughts on moving to Phase 3, Level 3 of reopening.

If you focus solely on staff members, parents, and community members, 57.4 percent of respondents supported allowing students to attend four full days a week in-person or four days fully remote. However, when students’ responses were included among the rest, that support shrank to 49.6 percent.

While 52.37 percent of in-person students liked the idea of changing the plan so students would attend either all-day in-person or all-day online, only 23.18 percent of remote students shared that sentiment.

You can read the full breakdown of the questionnaire data by community and by category by clicking here.

The recording of Tuesday night’s Montgomery County School Board meeting is included below:

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