Here are answers to common questions about MCPS COVID-19 plans for fall | Bethesda Magazine

As students return to schools Aug. 29 for the start of the 2022-23 academic year, Montgomery County Public Schools will largely return to pre-pandemic procedures, keeping mask-wearing optional, ending some quarantine requirements and stopping COVID-19 screening testing. 

MCPS on Thursday announced its guidelines for the fall, which largely align with guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 

The protocols were announced the same day the county’s transmission level again receded to the “low” classification, according to the county’s Department of Health and Human Services. 

The measure is based on the number of COVID-19 hospital admissions per 100,000 people over the past week, and the percentage of hospital beds occupied by COVID-19 patients in the past week. 

For several weeks, Montgomery County had been in the medium and high range, but dropped to “low” on Thursday, meaning there were fewer than 10 admissions per 100,000 people and the percentage of hospital beds used by COVID-19 patients was less than 10% over the past seven days. 

Here is a breakdown of MCPS guidance and answers to some common questions: