The return to school plan – what does it mean for Page?

**IMPORTANT: The following information is from the Page PTA sourced from official MCPS and Page Elementary communications. It is meant to be supplemental in nature to clear up any confusion and help reinforce the official communications. Please default to the official communications from MCPS or Page Elementary if there are discrepancies in the content below. However, do keep in mind the MCPS communications are written for all schools and grade levels across the county and the below information is written specific to Page Elementary. MCPS Recovery Guide (español | 中文 | français | tiếng Việt | 한국어| አማርኛ | português)

On February 9, the Board of Education voted to approve MCPS' 2021 Recovery Plan [“The Plan”]. For WT Page, The Plan includes a phased-in approach only for students whose parents chose the “In Person Learning” option from the MCPS survey. The Plan is as follows:

MY CHILD IS IN GRADES K-3

Starting March 15 (Group 1.1) – Students in grades K-3 return to school each week for four days a week (Mon, Tues, Thur, Fri)*.

MY CHILD IS IN GRADES 4-5

Starting April 6 (Group 1.2) – Students in grades 4-5 remain virtual until this date and return to school on alternating weeks (Mon, Tues, Thur, Fri as well)* based upon the assigned rotation letter (either A or B) sent to parents via email on March 10, 2021. The rotation is when students are divided into two rotation groups, either A or B. Rotation group A attends in person one week while rotation group B attends virtually. The next week the rotation groups switch*.

  • Your child has been assigned to either rotation A or rotation B

  • Rotation A students return to the building the week of April 6 and then alternate every other week (The rotation A schedule)

  • Rotation B students return to the building the week of April 12 and then alternate every other week (The rotation B schedule)

Please note: Those students whose parents chose to remain in at-home virtual learning via the MCPS survey will continue their normal schedule and processes as they do today. The above is only for those students whose parents chose in-person learning vis the MCPS survey (or have since had it officially changed).

*Wednesdays remain virtual at-home learning for ALL students.

**See sample schedule below


FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Q: Why is my 4th grade child going in-person on alternate weeks but my 2nd grade child goes in-person every week?

A: Due to the limitation of the number of classrooms and the physical distancing rules to prevent the spread of COVID-19, it was necessary to create a unique way for all grade levels to have some form of in-person learning experience. It was deemed beneficial for the younger grades to be in the building each week which left a smaller amount of actual classrooms available for our older 4th and 5th grade students. Thus, they will come on a rotating basis, handling the week-to-week change better due to their maturity.

Q: How can I switch my child from virtual to in-person, or from in-person to virtual?

A: Currently, a black out period exists until March 12 for any changes to your child’s learning experience. If you would like to request a change, please email Ms. Headley at the school to request your change: dawn_l_hedley@mcpsmd.org Families will be placed on a waiting list and will be notified if a slot is available.

Q: Why is my child still receiving instruction in the building via their Chomebook?

A: While children will be physically in the building, they will still receive their instruction via their Chromebook along with the students in their class attending school virtually. Thus, students at home and those in the building will be receiving the same instruction from their teacher at the same time. There will be a rotation of teachers and staff available in the classroom for additional support and supervision.


Q: What does my child need to bring to school?


A: Each day, your child will need to bring all necessary materials in their school bag/backpack and then take them home each evening to allow classrooms to be thoroughly cleaned. The following items are needed each day:

  1. Mask(s)

  2. Working MCPS-issued Chomebook

  3. Chromebook power cord

  4. Headphones

  5. Subject instructional books

  6. Water bottle

  7. Writing and art supplies


Sample Schedule

K-3 and 4-5(A/B) in person





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