Courtesy of Montgomery County Public Schools via Twitter
**FILE** Courtesy of Montgomery County Public Schools via Twitter

Montgomery County students are receiving more failing grades during remote learning amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, according to data presented during a county school board meeting Thursday.

The board surveyed 681 students and out of that group, 247 were participating in virtual learning at any level, <a href=”https://www.fox5dc.com/news/failing-grades-on-the-rise-for-montgomery-county-students” target=”blank”>WTTG-TV (Channel 5) reported</a>. The data also reported Blacks and Latino FARM students are failing classes about seven times more during remote learning than in 2019.

The data shows English and math grades have decreased during the virtual learning period. Some Board of Education members recommended more flexibility to due dates and deadlines for class assignments as well as creating a 50 percent rule in which a student would receive a 50 for a grade instead of a 0 if no work is submitted, as a remedy for poor grades, WTTG reported.

The board voted Thursday to delay the decision on returning to in-person classes until later this month, <a href=”https://wtop.com/montgomery-county/2020/12/montgomery-county-school-board-puts-off-vote-on-in-person-instruction/” target=”blank”>WTOP reported</a>.

As of Friday, Montgomery County has 35,056 cases and 933 virus-related deaths, according to the county health department.

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