All daycare centers may reopen with a maximum class size of 15 children. 

The state is swiftly moving forward with stage two plans, allowing more and more businesses to return normal operating hours. But as businesses reopen, workers will need daycare services for their families. In a press conference at the State House on Tuesday, Maryland State Superintendent of Schools Karen Salmon delivered some good news for parents—the reopening of daycare centers, summer school, and special education programs.

Effective immediately, all daycare centers are allowed to begin reopening with a maximum class size of 15 children. Daycare centers were shuttered in March after the governor issued the stay-at-home order. Only centers that served essential workers were allowed to operate. The lifting of the order will give families more flexibility to choose daycare centers near their homes as they return to work. 

Dr. Karen Salmon speaks at the Maryland State House

Dr. Karen Salmon speaks at the Maryland State House, courtesy Patrick Siebert

The state is also allowing public schools to reopen in order to accommodate summer school and special education students. Nonpublic special education schools are also allowed to reopen. Schools must follow health and safety protocols and restrict classes and groups between 10 and 15 students. Salmon said the reopening will allow students struggling with distance learning to return for additional instruction ahead of the new school year.

“As we move forward, state and local education leaders must recognize that long-standing gaps in educational opportunity and access have been further exposed and widened by the COVID-19 crisis. We want to ensure that students most impacted receive intense focus and priority in our recovery efforts.”

The plan also includes restarting student athletic programs and continuing and expanding meal services throughout the summer. High schools can start outdoor practices as long as they follow the current guidelines put in place for youth sports. The state is continuing to prepare for fall and will release updates over the summer as the Roadmap to Recovery plan advances.