Tuesday, September 21, 2021

MCPS says that Special Attention will be given to cleaning, but at Gaithersburg Middle School there is no extra cleaning.


The Montgomery County Public Schools website has a COVID-19 Information webpage.   

Under the section titled HEALTH AND SAFETY PROCEDURES, the Board of Education lists what will be done by MCPS building services staff during this COVID-19 pandemic.  The information posted to the MCPS website is shown in the image.  

Note the description of building services staff duties related to COVID-19 Health and Safety Procedures is very, very vague.  

The Parents' Coalition has been looking into what these Health and Safety Procedures look like in actual schools. 

We have been informed that at Gaithersburg Middle School, for example, cleaning is at the same level as before the pandemic. 

What is meant by "special attention" cleaning?  If schools are being cleaned at the same level as prior to the pandemic, what is "special attention" during the pandemic supposed to mean? 

MCPS Says COVID-19 Changes in Place, but at Whetstone Elem. no extra cleaning, sinks not clean, out of wipes, toilet paper and paper towels. No Signature on Today's @mcps Message.


The Montgomery County Public Schools website has a COVID-19 Information webpage.   

Under the section titled HEALTH AND SAFETY PROCEDURES, the Board of Education lists what will be done by MCPS building services staff during this COVID-19 pandemic.  The information posted to the MCPS website is shown in the image.  

Note the description of building services staff duties related to COVID-19 Health and Safety Procedures is very, very vague.  

The Parents' Coalition has been looking into what these Health and Safety Procedures look like in actual schools. 

We have been informed that at Whetstone Elementary School there is no extra cleaning and  hand wipe supplies have already run out.  Restrooms are out of toilet paper and paper towels in many areas of the school, and restroom sinks are not being cleaned.  

Is anyone in charge of MCPS' stated Health and Safety procedures? Is anyone exerting any oversight over these supposed procedures to see if they are in place in every school building across the County?  

Today's message from MCPS wasn't even signed by anyone.

MCPS says that Restrooms in common areas are cleaned and disinfected more frequently, but that's not happening at Baker Middle School.

 

The Montgomery County Public Schools website has a COVID-19 Information webpage.   

Under the section titled HEALTH AND SAFETY PROCEDURES, the Board of Education lists what will be done by MCPS building services staff during this COVID-19 pandemic.  The information posted to the MCPS website is shown in the image.   

The Parents' Coalition has been looking into what these Health and Safety Procedures look like in actual schools. 

We have been informed that at Baker Middle School there is no additional cleaning taking place.  The level of cleaning at the school is the same as it was prior to the COVID-19 pandemic.

At Baker Middle School, the Board of Education's claimed changes to cleaning protocols are nonexistent. 

MCPS Says Face Coverings/Masks will be provided for students, but at Gaithersburg Elementary teachers are providing their own supply of masks to students.

 

The Montgomery County Public Schools website has a COVID-19 Information webpage.   

Under the section titled HEALTH AND SAFETY PROCEDURES, the Board of Education lists what will be done by MCPS building services staff during this COVID-19 pandemic.  The information posted to the MCPS website is shown in the image.   

The Parents' Coalition has been looking into what these Health and Safety Procedures look like in actual schools. 

We have been informed that at Gaithersburg Elementary School classroom teachers are using their personal supply of PPE/masks to supply their students.  Teachers are also supplying paper towels to the school. 

Why isn't the Board of Education doing what they have promised?


MCPS Says Face Coverings/masks will be provided for any student or staff, but at Sligo Creek Elementary Teachers Have not Been Given Any PPE/Masks.

 

The Montgomery County Public Schools website has a COVID-19 Information webpage.   

Under the section titled HEALTH AND SAFETY PROCEDURES, the Board of Education lists what will be done by MCPS building services staff during this COVID-19 pandemic.  The information posted to the MCPS website is shown in the image.  

The Parents' Coalition has been looking into what these Health and Safety Procedures look like in actual schools. 

We have been informed that at Sligo Creek Elementary School classroom teachers have not been given any PPE (Personal Protective Equipment). 

What do the words on the Board of Education's Health and Safety website mean if the Board of Education is not providing any oversight over the implementation of these supposed health and safety procedures?  

MCPS Says Regular Hand-Washing will be Encouraged, but at Ronald McNair Elem. no hand sanitizer in any hallway stations, ran out of hand wipes, paper towels, toilet paper.

 

The Montgomery County Public Schools website has a COVID-19 Information webpage.   

Under the section titled HEALTH AND SAFETY PROCEDURES, the Board of Education lists what will be done by MCPS building services staff during this COVID-19 pandemic.  The information posted to the MCPS website is shown in the image.  

Note the description of building services staff duties related to COVID-19 Health and Safety Procedures is very, very vague.  

The Parents' Coalition has been looking into what these Health and Safety Procedures look like in actual schools. 

We have been informed that at Ronald McNair Elementary School each classroom was given one container of hand wipes and those are running out.  There is no hand sanitizer in the hallway hand sanitizer stations, and some bathrooms are out of toilet paper and paper towels. 

How can regular hand-washing be encouraged when the supplies needed to perform that action are not available to students? 

Hand sanitizer stations placed throughout the building are only useful if they are kept supplied with hand sanitizer.  

MCPS Says HVAC will be used to "flush" out classrooms before and after school, but at Damascus High School multiple classrooms and offices with no AC, no air cleaners either.

 

The Montgomery County Public Schools website has a COVID-19 Information webpage.   

Under the section titled HEALTH AND SAFETY PROCEDURES, the Board of Education lists what will be done by MCPS building services staff during this COVID-19 pandemic.  The information posted to the MCPS website is shown in the image.  

Note the description of building services staff duties related to COVID-19 Health and Safety Procedures is very, very vague.  

The Parents' Coalition has been looking into what these Health and Safety Procedures look like in actual schools. 

We have been informed that at Damascus High School, for example, there are multiple classrooms and offices without air conditioning.  The school has not been supplied with any air cleaners. 

When the MCPS public relations office says "MCPS has taken these steps to improve ventilation" does that mean the steps that are listed apply to all schools or to just a few?  

MCPS Says HVAC will be used to "flush" out classrooms, but at 5 year old Hallie Wells Middle School AC is not working in multiple rooms for months, no air cleaners.

 

The Montgomery County Public Schools website has a COVID-19 Information webpage.   

Under the section titled HEALTH AND SAFETY PROCEDURES, the Board of Education lists what will be done by MCPS building services staff during this COVID-19 pandemic.  The information posted to the MCPS website is shown in the image.  

Note the description of building services staff duties related to COVID-19 Health and Safety Procedures is very, very vague.  

The Parents' Coalition has been looking into what these Health and Safety Procedures look like in actual schools. 

We have been informed that at Hallie Wells Middle School, for example, there are multiple classrooms that have been without air conditioning for months.  The classrooms have not been supplied with air cleaners. 

Hallie Wells Middle School was opened in August of 2016.  

9/16/2021 -- 22 Community Notification Letters

Community Notification: COVID-19 Case at Snowden Farm Elementary School

(September 16, 2021)

Dear Snowden Farm Elementary School Community, This letter is to inform you that we were notified that an individual who was last present at Snowden Farm Elementary School on September 14, 2021 tes ...(more)

Community Notification: COVID-19 Case at Bayard Rustin Elementary School

(September 16, 2021)

Dear Bayard Rustin Community, This letter is to inform you that we were notified that an individual who was last present at Bayard Rustin on 9/15/21 tested positive for the coronavirus (COVID-19) o ...(more)

Community Notification: COVID-19 Case at Belmont Elementary School

(September 16, 2021)

Dear Belmont Elementary School Community, This letter is to inform you that we were notified that an individual who was last present at Belmont on September 14, 2021 tested positive for the coronav ...(more)

Community Notification: COVID-19 Case at Judith A. Resnik Elementary School

(September 16, 2021)

Dear Resnik Community, This letter is to inform you that we were notified today that an individual who was last present at Resnik Elementary School on September 14, 2021, tested positive for the co ...(more)

Community Notification: COVID-19 Case at Summit Hall Elementary School

(September 16, 2021)

Dear Summit Hall Community, This letter is to inform you that we were notified that an individual who was last present at Summit Hall on September 14, 2021 tested positive for the coronavirus (COVI ...(more)

Community Notification: COVID-19 Case at Winston Churchill High School

(September 16, 2021)

Dear Winston Churchill High School Community, This letter is to inform you that we were notified that an individual who was last present at Winston Churchill High School on 9/13/2021 tested positiv ...(more)

Community Notification: COVID-19 Case at Snowden Farm Elementary School

(September 16, 2021)

Dear Snowden Farm Elementary School Community, This letter is to inform you that we were notified that an individual who was last present at Snowden Farm Elementary Schoolon September 14,2021tested ...(more)

Community Notification: COVID-19 Case at Cannon Road Elementary School

(September 16, 2021)

Dear Cannon Road Community, This letter is to inform you that we were notified today that an individual who was last present at Cannon Road Elementary  on September 15, 2021, has tested positi ...(more)

Community Notification: COVID-19 Case at Darnestown Elementary School

(September 16, 2021)

Dear Darnestown Community: This letter is to inform you that we were notified that an individual who was last present at Darnestown Elementary on September 15, 2021 tested positive for the coronavi ...(more)

Community Notification: COVID-19 Case at Glenallan Elementary School

(September 16, 2021)

Dear Glenallan Community, This letter is to inform you that we were notified today that an individual who was last present at Glenallan on Friday, September 10th, has tested positive for Coronaviru ...(more)

Community Notification: COVID-19 Case at Damascus Elementary School

(September 16, 2021)

Dear Damascus Elementary School Parents and Families, This letter is to inform you that we were notified that an individual who was last present an individual at Damascus Elementary School  wh ...(more)

Community Notification: COVID-19 Case at Springbrook High School

(September 16, 2021)

Dear Springbrook Community, This letter is to inform you that we were notified on August 31, 2021 an individual who was last present at school on Monday. August 30, has tested positive for Coronavi ...(more)

Community Notification: COVID-19 Case at Northwest High School

(September 16, 2021)

Dear Northwest Community, This letter is to inform you that we were notified that two (2) individuals who were last present at Northwest High School on Wednesday, September 15 tested positive for t ...(more)

Community Notification: COVID-19 Case at Springbrook High School

(September 16, 2021)

Dear Springbrook Community, This letter is to inform you that we were notified that an individual who was last present at Springbrook High School on September 10, 2021 tested positive for the coron ...(more)

Community Notification: COVID-19 Case at Springbrook High School

(September 16, 2021)

Dear Colleagues, I am writing to inform you that a staff member that was last present at Springbrook on September 10th received a positive test result for COVID-19 on September 10th.  We wish ...(more)

Community Notification: COVID-19 Case at Winston Churchill High School

(September 16, 2021)

Dear Winston Churchill High School Community, This letter is to inform you that we were notified that an individual who was last present at Winston Churchill High School on 9/13/2021 tested positiv ...(more)

Community Notification: COVID-19 Case at Thomas S. Wootton High School

(September 16, 2021)

Dear Thomas S. Wootton High School Community, This letter is to inform you that we were notified today that an individual who was last present at Thomas S. Wootton High School on Tuesday, September ...(more)

Community Notification: COVID-19 Case at Springbrook High School

(September 16, 2021)

Dear Springbrook Community, This letter is to inform you that we were notified that an individual who was last present at Springbrook High School on September 10, 2021 tested positive for the coron ...(more)

Community Notification: COVID-19 Case at Damascus Elementary School

(September 16, 2021)

Dear Damascus Elementary School Community, This letter is to inform you that we were notified that an individual who was last present at Damascus Elementary School on 9/15/21 tested positive f ...(more)

Community Notification: COVID-19 Case at Darnestown Elementary School

(September 16, 2021)

Dear Darnestown Community: This letter is to inform you that we were notified that an individual who was last present at Darnestown Elementary on September 15, 2021 tested positive for the coronavi ...(more)

Community Notification: COVID-19 Case at Cannon Road Elementary School

(September 16, 2021)

Dear Cannon Road Community, This letter is to inform you that we were notified today that an individual who was last present at Cannon Road Elementary  on September 15, 2021, has tested positi ...(more)

Community Notification: COVID-19 Case at Jackson Road Elementary School

(September 16, 2021)

Dear Jackson Road Community: This letter is to inform you that we were notified that an individual who was last present at Jackson Road ES on September 15, 2021 tested positive for the coronavirus ...(more)

Monday, September 20, 2021

MCPS Says Staff will "Regularly Clean and Disinfect," but at Whitman High School that means once a month.


The Montgomery County Public Schools website has a COVID-19 Information webpage.   

Under the section titled HEALTH AND SAFETY PROCEDURES, the Board of Education lists what will be done by MCPS building services staff during this COVID-19 pandemic.  The information posted to the MCPS website is shown in the image.  

Note the description of building services staff duties related to COVID-19 Health and Safety Procedures is very, very vague.  

The Parents' Coalition has been looking into what these Health and Safety Procedures look like in actual schools. 

We have been informed that at Whitman High School in Bethesda, for example, the building is cleaned once a month.

We note the MCPS description of "cleaning" does not mention the removal of trash in the building.  We have learned that the trash at Whitman High School is also not being removed on a daily basis.  

Parents might want to ask the Board of Education for clarification on what is actually meant by "regularly clean and disinfect all high-touch areas" so that they can understand exactly what the Board of Education has put in place in schools during the COVID-19 pandemic. 


Md. Schools Can Require Proof of COVID Vaccination From Students


Maryland schools can ask for the COVID-19 vaccination status of students and require proof of vaccination, even if the schools themselves are not mandating vaccines, according to a legal opinion requested by a state lawmaker. 

Sen. James C. Rosapepe (D-Prince George’s and Anne Arundel) said he asked the Office of the Attorney General for clarification on whether schools were allowed to require proof of vaccination status after confusion around the start of this school year. 

By law, a school can acquire a student’s immunization history from a state database or require families to provide that information directly, Sandra Benson Brantley, counsel to the General Assembly, wrote in a letter to Rosapepe this week...

https://www.marylandmatters.org/2021/09/16/md-schools-can-require-proof-of-covid-vaccination-from-students/?fbclid=IwAR2czp5sbMvMgVV865x96Mb_-_uy8uoIeQwxC4RChFOv4LqHO1dV2LGLw44

9/15/2021 -- 12 Community Notification Letters

 

Community Notification: COVID-19 Case at Judith A. Resnik Elementary School

(September 15, 2021)

Dear Resnik Community, This letter is to inform you that we were notified today that an individual who was last present at Resnik Elementary School on September 14, 2021, tested positive for the co ...(more)

Community Notification: COVID-19 Case at Westland Middle School

(September 15, 2021)

Dear Westland Middle School Community, This letter is to inform you that we were notified that an individual who was last present at Westland Middle School on September 15, 2021 tested positive for ...(more)

Community Notification: COVID-19 Case at Rock View Elementary School

(September 15, 2021)

Dear Rock View ES Community, This letter is to inform you that we were notified that an individual who was last present at Rock View ES on September 10, 2021 tested positive for the coronavirus (COV ...(more)

Community Notification: COVID-19 Case at Sligo Middle School

(September 15, 2021)

Dear Sligo Middle School Community, This letter is to inform you that we were notified that an individual who was last present at Sligo Middle School on Tuesday, September 14, 2021 tested positive ...(more)

Community Notification: COVID-19 Case at Flower Valley Elementary School

(September 15, 2021)

Dear Flower Valley Elementary School Community, This letter is to inform you that we were notified that an individual who was last present at Flower Valley ES on September 15, 2021 tested positive ...(more)

Community Notification: COVID-19 Case at James Hubert Blake High School

(September 15, 2021)

Dear James Hubert Blake High School Community, This letter is to inform you that we were notified today an individual who was last present at James Hubert Blake High School on September 10, 2021, h ...(more)

Community Notification: COVID-19 Case at Lakewood Elementary School

(September 15, 2021)

Dear Lakewood Elementary School Community:  This letter is to inform you that we were notified that an individual who was last present at Lakewood Elementary School on Friday, September 10, 20 ...(more)

Community Notification: COVID-19 Case at Travilah Elementary School

(September 15, 2021)

Dear Travilah School Community, This letter is to inform you that we were notified that an individual who was last present at Travilah Elementary School on September 14 tested positive for the ...(more)

Community Notification: COVID-19 Case at Ritchie Park Elementary School

(September 15, 2021)

Dear Ritchie Park Community, This letter is to inform you that we were notified today an individual who was last present at Ritchie Park on September 8, has tested positive for Coronavirus (COVID-1 ...(more)

Community Notification: COVID-19 Case at North Bethesda Middle School

(September 15, 2021)

Dear North Bethesda Community, This letter is to inform you that we were notified yesterday, September 14th, that one sixth grade individual tested positive for COVID-19 on 9/12/2021.  The ind ...(more)

Community Notification: COVID-19 Case at Paint Branch High School

(September 15, 2021)

Dear Paint Branch High School Community, This letter is to inform you that we were notified that two individuals that were last present at Paint Branch High School on September 10, 2021 and Septemb ...(more)

Community Notification: COVID-19 Case at Thomas Edison High School of Technology

(September 15, 2021)

Dear Thomas Edison High School of Technology Community, This letter is to inform you that we were notified that an individual who was last present at Thomas Edison High School of Technology on Fri ...(more)

Sunday, September 19, 2021

@mcps @mocoboe Your artificial turf no longer has to go to VA landfill, it can now be used as MooLoo.

THIS WEEK’S #1 CLIMATE STORY: You’re in for an unusual climate change story. Researchers in Germany have determined cows can be trained to use an astroturf area called a “MooLoo” to relieve themselves, according to research published this week in Current Biology. When cows pee outdoors, their urine breaks down in the soil into nitrous oxide, a potent greenhouse gas. Indoors, cow urine mixes with feces and produces excess amounts of ammonia. Using this “MooLoo,” the urine can then be collected and disposed of with reduced impacts, including potentially by being used to make fertilizer. The study was mostly about determining whether cows can be potty trained, and so did not estimate the climate potential of the cow urinals...

https://www.politico.com/newsletters/morning-energy/2021/09/16/the-rocky-road-to-reconciliation-797638

Saturday, September 18, 2021

Opinion: As an aerosol scientist, I know schools need masks, HEPA filters and outdoor lunches

The school year is beginning across Colorado while the Delta variant of COVID is racing through children at higher rates than at any previous time. Although we are all bone-tired of the pandemic, we need to take stronger measures to protect our unvaccinated kids. We all want children to attend school in person and avoid bouncing to online modalities. To make that happen, all Colorado schools need to follow the near-unanimous advice from state, regional, and national public health agencies and medical groups to mandate indoor mask-wearing, install more portable HEPA filters, and institute safer lunchtime procedures to slow COVID transmission.

The SARS-CoV-2 virus continues to be an ever-stronger adversary and is now far more contagious, even among young children. The delta variant is now the dominant COVID-19 strain in Colorado. That is, in part, because people infected with Delta can harbor a thousand times more virus than the original strain, and some vaccinated individuals can spread it.

Children under 18 are being hospitalized with serious cases both in higher numbers and at a faster rate of increase than at any point thus far. While most children recover from COVID, some die, and an increasingly high number are showing “long-COVID” symptoms, including serious physical and neurological effects that could last a lifetime. Children infected at school can also spread the disease back to their homes, communities, the elderly, and the immunocompromised...

https://www.denverpost.com/2021/08/19/schools-masks-aerosol-hepa-filter-covid-19/

Friday, September 17, 2021

Teachers, school boards protected from negligent-discipline claims, Md. appeals court says

Neither Maryland public school teachers nor school boards can be sued based on allegations that their negligent handling of student misbehavior caused another student’s injuries, the state’s second highest court has ruled.

In a reported decision filed Tuesday, the Court of Special Appeals held that a 2001 federal law prevents teachers from being sued for their disciplinary decisions unless they acted with willful, reckless or criminal misconduct; gross negligence; or a “conscious, flagrant indifference” to the injured student’s rights.

In addition, Maryland case law barring claims against school boards for providing “negligent education” includes allegations of negligent student discipline, the appellate court held in its 3-0 ruling...

https://thedailyrecord.com/2021/09/08/teachers-school-boards-protected-from-negligent-discipline-claims-md-appeals-court-says/

The Court of Special Appeals rendered its decision in Brandon Gambrill et al. v. Board of Education of Dorchester County et al., No. 886, September Term 2019.

Exclusive: Report Finds Multiple Problems Within Balt. County Pub Schools, recommends nearly 200 changes that would save nearly $40 million over five years.

A scathing examination of the Baltimore County Public Schools finds a top-heavy school system with low morale, poor communication, and a dysfunctional school board. The report recommends nearly 200 changes the school system should make.

WYPR obtained a copy of a consultant’s 759-page study that is to be presented to the school board next week.

The report said the structure of the school system’s central office is ineffective and inefficient. It proposes a reorganization and streamlining that would save nearly $40 million over five years.

School Board member Lily Rowe said that’s money that could be used elsewhere.

“$40 million is what it costs to build an entire elementary school,” Rowe said.

Speaking for herself and not for the board, Rowe said the report has worthy suggestions that need to be considered.

The study describes a school board that fosters an atmosphere of discord and unprofessionalism, which results in people not trusting in its leadership.

Among other things, the report recommends the school board adopt a civility policy and attend team-building workshops.

Neither board chair Makeda Scott nor vice chair Julie Henn responded to requests for comment...

https://www.wypr.org/wypr-news/2021-09-08/exclusive-report-finds-multiple-problems-within-bcps?fbclid=IwAR1dbeUC_8tn0RaSECb0TOnp6pouO02UIoMGFrrm5344U9QQXjdimYRF8cQ

With One Year Left, MCPS, MCEA Agree on Two-Year Contract

The Montgomery County Board of Education and the Montgomery County Education Association have agreed to a two-year contract, expiring June 30, 2022. The contract includes an increase in the minimum planning time guaranteed per week within the student day for elementary teachers; preference opportunities for special education; and updated language around professional development and co-teaching; supports for involuntary transfers; and increased “teacher time” during pre-service.

Staff can read the negotiated agreement with MCEA, as well as the agreements for Service Employees International Union (SIEU), Local 500 and the Montgomery County Association of Administrators and Principals (MCAAP). More information is on the Department of Labor Relations webpage.

https://news.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/staff-bulletin/mcps-mcea-agree-on-two-year-contract/