All Maryland public schools began the academic year virtually, and many have started to transition some students back into school buildings for in-person learning.
But getting reopening plans right is like trying to hit a moving target, as the COVID-19 pandemic is unpredictable.
Some school systems have backtracked from their initial plans towards in-person instruction. Dorchester County Public Schools announced Wednesday that all students will go back to online classes after one week of hybrid learning because of a high COVID-19 positivity rate in the Eastern Shore county. Greensboro Elementary School in Caroline County is closed for the next two weeks after eight staff members tested positive for COVID-19. Caroline County Public Schools started hybrid learning for its younger students at the beginning of this month.
Baltimore County’s school system canceled its original plan for all staff to return to school buildings in October and for younger students to begin in-person learning in November. Instead, four school buildings will reopen for special education students in November, while all other students will remain in virtual learning.
Queen Anne’s County schools had initially planned to keep the entire first semester virtual, but after demands to reopen, the school system will begin hybrid learning at 50% capacity starting Nov. 9.
Here’s how all other local school systems across Maryland are reopening: