In-person or all virtual? That's the big question!
Maryland schools are gearing up to begin the 2020-2021 academic year. Here's a snapshot of how they're doing it across the state.
Use this summary as a starting point for reading more about the detailed return-to-school plans for each county. You can click on the links below to go to the official county websites or follow along with the districts that have active Twitter feeds.
Allegany County Public Schools will begin the fall semester virtually on September 8, using the "Schoology" learning platform.
Anne Arundel County Public Schools will employ virtual learning for the fall semester starting on September 8. An ongoing Chromebook survey is available online for families to request a loaner device if needed.
Baltimore County Public Schools will be 100-percent virtual from September 8, 2020, to January 29, 2021.
Baltimore City Public Schools reopen on September 8 with virtual learning for all.
Calvert County Public Schools are opening with virtual learning, and small groups of students may need special, in-person instruction. Individual requests will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.
Caroline County Public Schools are adopting a "Virtual+" model for the first nine weeks (August 24-October 8).
Back-to-School Recovery Plan Summary Approved https://t.co/6ftf8g6URa— Caroline Schools MD (@CarolineCoPS) August 7, 2020
Carroll County Public Schools will reopen on September 8 with an "Enhanced Virtual Learning Model" of instruction. The school system is working toward developing a hybrid model that combines in-person and online learning for their students.
Cecil County Public Schools are employing a virtual classroom model starting on September 1.
Charles County Public Schools will open with virtual learning in the first phase of a plan designed to lead to in-person classes for all students.
The BoE will meet virtually today at 1 p.m. The meeting can be viewed on the Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) YouTube channel at https://t.co/69ofPur8i3.— CCPS (@CCPS) August 11, 2020
To view the agenda, go to https://t.co/RM6drlPIl3. pic.twitter.com/HzCLGcJS7o
Dorchester County Public Schools are opening in a virtual model with the plan of working up to in-person teaching in a three-phased approach.
Frederick County Public Schools are using the "Schoology" platform for their online learning. Students can check out loaner devices and have access to internet hot spots as needed.
Welcome to the 2020-2021 school year!— FCPS-MD (@FCPSMaryland) August 12, 2020
The BOE decided to open the 2020-2021 school year in a virtual only model. We are providing you with information regarding virtual learning enhancements to better prepare you for the start of the school year. https://t.co/hrLe8n0lmX
Garrett County Public Schools start the year on September 8 with virtual learning on the "Schoology" platform.
GCPS Superintendent Baker updates families regarding Schoology. Click the link below to read the article.https://t.co/J9uEJkFD6P— GCPS Happenings (@GCPSHappenings) August 6, 2020
Harford County Public Schools are rolling out both asynchronous and synchronous online learning for students, as well as a limited-capacity space on campus for students who require special assistance or connectivity.
Join us Aug 12 & 19, 6-7 PM for Q&A Wednesday! Faculty and staff answer questions about course delivery, online learning, registration and more. Sign up here: https://t.co/0NVAUXlpvD pic.twitter.com/oSVesgk13Z— HarfordCC (@HarfordCC) August 12, 2020
Howard County Public School System will have a fully virtual first semester from September 8, 2020, to January 28, 2021.
Additional information on the HCPSS Fall Reopening Plan can be found here in a recent HCPSS News Post. https://t.co/gjBAyEfIUe— HCPSS (@HCPSS) August 12, 2020
Kent County Public Schools are offering a fully virtual educational experience and are in the process of monitoring the feasibility of a hybrid model.
Montgomery County Public Schools start their academic year on August 31 with virtual learning for the first semester. Officials will continuously examine operations for possible in-person options in the second semester.
HAPPENING NOW: Stream the @MCPS Fall 2020 Recovery of Education Update live conversation here: https://t.co/ArvhbcPEjl. You can also tune in to Comcast 34, Verizon 36 and RCN 89! https://t.co/NNvvoU6Glg— MCPSTV (@MCPSTV) August 12, 2020
Prince George's County Public Schools will employ distance learning for the first two quarters of the academic year.
Queen Anne's County Public Schools will employ virtual learning for the first semester of the year.
QACPS Work Session 7/22/2020.— QACPS (@QACPSMD) July 23, 2020
The Board reviewed plans on returning to school. The Board voted to start the year with virtual teaching for the 1st semester.https://t.co/iqxOXw0er3
Somerset County Public Schools are offering both 100-percent remote learning and a hybrid program that transitions from remote to in-person learning.
St. Mary's County Public Schools began the year with online learning.
Have a great first day @cpcs_smcps - beginning their school year today with online learning.— SMCPS_MD (@SMCPS_MD) August 12, 2020
Talbot County Public Schools will begin the academic year on September 8 in Phase 1 of a five-phase plan.
Washington County Public Schools will get back to virtual learning on August 31.
Students, families, and WCPS staff are preparing for the school year. Here is this week’s Return to Learn Update at: https://t.co/G3fw9xX4r0.— WCPS Maryland (@wcpsmd) August 7, 2020
Wicomico County Public Schools begin the fall semester on September 8 with 100-percent virtual learning.
Worcester County Public Schools are opening with 100-percent virtual learning in Stage 1 of a four-stage reopening plan.
One underlying theme across the entire state is the emphasis on health and safety. As new trends in the COVID-19 case tracking emerge, expect updates from each school system.