151,000 Montgomery County Public School students head back to school Monday. It's the highest enrollment in the district's history. Four schools have undergone extensive construction and remodeling, including Weller Road Elementary, Glenallan Elementary, Herbert Hoover Middle, and Gaithersburg High. The system is also welcoming 38 new principals and more than 800 new teachers.
Spokesperson Dana Tofig says MCPS will continue to implement the Common Core State Standards throughout the year. Staff also will be aligning its work to the new Strategic Planning Framework-Building Our Future Together. "Some of our classes are going to feel a little different this year," says Tofig. "But that's a good thing. We think that our kids can handle it."
Drivers are asked to be extra cautious as nearly 1,300 school buses will be hitting the road Monday morning. Children will be waiting at more than 40,000 bus stops around the county. In fact, the number of miles driven by MCPS buses each day could circle the equator four times.