ROCKVILLE, Md. — Superintendent of Schools Karen B. Salmon announced Wednesday that Maryland schools would be closed through April 24. Now, Montgomery County Public Schools is distributing laptops to help students with distance learning.
In a letter sent to parents, Montgomery County Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Jack R. Smith said the long-term closure was the right thing to do.
"We know that the state superintendent’s decision to extend this school closure is hard for our families. School is at the heart of our county and community. However, this is the right decision to ensure everyone’s safety as we combat the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus)," he wrote.
Laptop distribution will begin Thursday, March 26. Devices are in limited supply and are reserved for students who do not have access to a computer or laptop at home.
To pick up a laptop, students (or the parent/guardian) will need to present their student ID (or provide the student ID number).
For families without internet access at home, Comcast is offering free internet access through its Internet Essentials program. More information about this program is at. MCPS also has a limited number of mobile Wi-Fi hotspot devices that provide access to the internet. These devices will be distributed at a later date.
Distribution Dates and Times
- Thursday, March 26, 8 a.m. -11:15 a.m.: All High Schools
- Thursday, March 26, 12:45 p.m.-4 p.m.: The following elementary schools:
Mill Creek Towne
Lucy V. Barnsley
Rock Creek Valley
Flora M. Singer
William Tyler Page
Friday, March 27, 8 a.m.-11:15 a.m.: The following elementary schools:
Capt. James Daly
William B. Gibbs
S. Christa McAuliffe
Sally K. Ride
Great Seneca Creek
Spark M. Matsunaga
Friday, March 27, 12:45 p.m.-4 p.m.: The following elementary schools
New Hampshire Estates
North Chevy Chase
Rock Creek Forest
East Silver Spring
Lois P. Rockwell
Dr. Charles Drew
Where Should Families Pick Up Laptops?
High School Students: Pick up at the school that the student attends.
Middle School Students: Pick up at an elementary school close to your home (use the School assignment locator if you do not know which elementary school is assigned to your community).
Elementary School Students: Pick up at the school that the student attends.
Students in Specific Programs: If the student is in a magnet or Choice program, a regional special education program (such as School Community Based or Learning For Independence), or in a program at any of the sites listed below, a laptop can be picked up from any elementary school close to your home.
- Carl Sandburg Learning Cent
- Rock Terrace School
- Stephen Knolls School
- Longview School
- Blair G. Ewing Center (Plum Orchard, Avery Road and Cloverleaf sites)
- MacDonald Knolls Early Childhood Center
- Upcounty Early Childhood Center at Emory Grove