Back-to-school means new laptops for Montgomery County students, improvements to D.C. schools

WASHINGTON (WJLA) – Monday marks the official end of summer for students in D.C. and Maryland.

Students in D.C. and Maryland’s Montgomery, Anne Aundel, Charles, Frederick and Warren counties headed back-to-school and many incoming students in several jurisdictions are gearing up for class and bracing for some changes.

In Montgomery County, enrollment continues to swell. The number of students in Maryland’s largest and fastest growing school system is expected to hover around 155,000.

The county is also adding 40,000 new laptops and tablets for students in grades three, five, six and in high school social studies classes.

Montgomery County Public Schools Superintendent Joshua Starr says the new laptops and tablets will help students take advantage of the technology available to them and help teach students creative ways to implement it in their learning.

Meanwhile, D.C. is on a modernization track. Over the summer, work improvements continued at seven schools:

- Hyde-Addison Elementary
- Payne Elementary
- Plummer Elementary
- Shepherd Elementary
- Stanton Elementary
- Kramer Middle
- Langdon Education Campus

Dunbar High School’s new athletic field and stadium are both ready for football season, and improvements are also underway at Roosevelt High School in northwest.