By: Eric Brilliant
Since quarantine has started, Governor Larry Hogan and MCPS have not been on the same page. On July 21st, 2020 MCPS decided to do virtual learning through the first semester. Nearly a month later, Governor Hogan decided that Maryland schools should open up to in-person learning. However, MCPS disregarded this decision as they were committed to virtual learning and thought it was best for the safety of the county. Similar events happened regarding sports and other activities this afternoon. MCPS decided on July 21st, 2020 that they were going to cancel fall and winter sports and review spring sports later. However, that plan was changed a few weeks ago as MCPS decided to push back all sports to the second semester, shortening the season.
As fluid as the decision was, MCPS seems to be locked in on the dates scheduled. However, on September 24th, 2020, eleven days after the decision to resume sports, Maryland and Governor Hogan approved for sports to resume next month. In a letter sent to the staff, it seems as though MCPS is going to stick to their original virtual sports plan. As of now, MCPS will continue virtual sports through the first semester and then resuming in-person sports in the second semester; however, this decision again proves the lack of communication between the two groups. Furthermore, it seems that other counties outside of MCPS have not made a decision yet, but that could change in the near future. Given Governor Hogan’s recent statement, counties might decide to change their decision; however, MCPS seems pretty certain that they will continue to do virtual sports for the time being.