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Around 150 seniors will return to the Whitman building on April 8. The remaining seniors — as well as juniors, sophomores and freshman — signed up for hybrid instruction will follow on April 19.

Student outbreak sparks discussion about safety of planned reopening

By Matt Mande, Jocie Mintz, and Taylor Haber March 26, 2021

The Black & White has independently verified at least 10 new coronavirus cases among Whitman seniors over the past three weeks. The outbreak comes two weeks before the first group of around 150 seniors...

Over six thousand students reported experiencing technical problems with Canvas this morning. As a result, many students were unable to access MyMCPS Classroom and complete tests and assignments.

Canvas connectivity issues disrupt morning classes, force teachers to postpone tests

By Lily Freeman March 25, 2021

Whitman students and staff members were unable to connect to MyMCPS Classroom — the school district's primary networking platform — because of regional connectivity malfunctions with the system’s...

Council members discuss new resolution in response to the coronavirus pandemic

County Council resolution tightens COVID-19 safety requirements for organized sports

By Claire Lane March 20, 2021

The Montgomery County Council unanimously voted to adopt a First Amended Board of Health Regulation on Friday, in an effort to prevent the spread of the coronavirus pandemic in Montgomery County. According...

The first set of students have returned to the Whitman campus.

Students in special education programs return to Whitman

By Defne Aslan March 19, 2021

When senior Nikhil Niyogi found out that he could return to school on March 15 with the rest of Whitman’s special education programs, he immediately began a search for a COVID-19 vaccination appointment....

Walter Johnson high school football players pose for a photo at the March 14 “Let Us Play” rally. About 100 MCPS student athletes, parents and coaches gathered to protest restrictions on sports, despite coronavirus outbreaks on Whitman teams.

Local families push for athletes to return to the field despite outbreaks, shutdowns on Whitman teams

By Lily Freeman March 18, 2021

To respect wishes for privacy, some students' names have been withheld. Some protest leaders attempt to excite crowds with elaborate chants, but not Walter Johnson High School senior David Gardner....

The BOE's approval of an increased budget comes after multiple significant pandemic-induced budget adjustments for the next fiscal year.

Hogan proposes ‘surprise’ grant, quells fears of MCPS budget reductions

By Lily Freeman March 14, 2021

The Montgomery County Board of Education gave initial approval to a $2.78 billion school system budget for the next fiscal year on February 23, representing a 0.9% increase from the current budget and...

Electric buses are the next step forward to action against climate change, and MCPS is taking that step.

MCPS to implement a fleet of electric buses in Fall 2021

By Grace Corbett March 11, 2021

MCPS plans to transition to an entirely electric-powered school bus fleet by 2035. The county will add 25 electric buses this fall, 61 additional electric buses in 2022 and roughly 120 electric buses every...

Attendees of the hearing discuss MCPS' SRO program over Zoom. Many students and community members have criticized the program for disproportionately affecting minorities.

BOE holds virtual public hearing on School Resource Officer program

By Vishnu Dandi March 6, 2021

Students, PTSA members and Board of Education members from across Montgomery County discussed the School Resources Officer program in a virtual public hearing on March 2.    Several prominent education...

With MCPS' transition to in-person learning in progress, students are both excited and worried to return to the school building.

‘I want to go back one last time’: Students discuss return to in-person learning

By Christian Larson March 2, 2021

Whitman students are looking forward to the opportunity to return to the school building for the first time in nearly a year, but many remain concerned about the coronavirus-related health risks which...

Students believe that the topics discussed in the presentation could be readily applied, in a period when online schooling has put a noticeable strain on peers.

Counseling department hosts Signs of Suicide program

By Vishnu Dandi February 24, 2021

In cooperation with MCPS policy, Whitman implemented the Signs of Suicide prevention program— a mandatory informational seminar designed to help students identify and react to depressive and suicidal...

An equity hub student outside during a designated recess period.

Equity hubs bring community to students across the county

By Zoe Cantor February 22, 2021

Some names have been changed to respect parents’ wishes for privacy. MCPS’ online-only learning model has thrust young students into a difficult situation — learning the fundamentals of reading,...

‘I feel safer’: students respond to DC National Guard remaining in DC until mid-March

‘I feel safer’: students respond to DC National Guard remaining in DC until mid-March

By Grace Corbett February 21, 2021

On Tuesday, January 26th, a memo signed by the D.C. National Guard Chief Major William Walker announced that seven thousand D.C. National Guard troops would remain in the nation’s capital until March...

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