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Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich Reacts to Schools Closing for the Remainder of the Academic Year; Urges Residents to Continue to Follow Social Distancing Guidelines

For Immediate Release: Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich today issued a statement in support of the decision to close Maryland public schools for the remainder of the academic year. He also strongly encourages residents to continue to follow social distancing guidelines.  

“I understand the Superintendent’s decision, and as a former teacher, I know it was not an easy one,” said County Executive Elrich. “We will be working with our school superintendent and the Board of Education as well as with our Library, Recreation and Health and Human Services staffs to support our families and our students to continue to learn and grow during this difficult time. I have heard and seen some great examples of creative solutions of teachers reaching out to students, and I appreciate the dedication and hard work. We will do what we can to support you.”

On April 17, State Superintendent of Schools Karen Salmon announced that Maryland Public Schools would remain closed through May 15. The State had previously closed all public schools on March 16 due to COVID-19.  The last day of school for Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) is currently scheduled for June 15. All MCPS school buildings will remain closed during this time.

Despite Governor Hogan’s announcement (May 6 Executive Order) that some outdoor activities may resume on May 7, all Montgomery County Recreation facilities will remain closed until further notice.  All programs and rentals are cancelled. While the outdoor areas surrounding County Recreation centers remain open, the public is reminded that all playgrounds are closed. 

“We continue to prepare for our reopening,” said Recreation Director Robin Riley. “While there may be some changes to the way we operate in order to ensure the safety of our customers and staff, we are looking forward to the day we can welcome people back into our facilities.”

The County Executive encourages residents to continue to wear face coverings when they go out in public, practice social distancing and continue to follow the Governor’s stay-at-home order.

For the latest COVID-19 updates, visit the County’s COVID-19 website and follow Montgomery County on Facebook and Twitter.

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Release ID: 20-240
Media Contact: Julie Parker 240-777-6507