ANNAPOLIS – Every school system may begin safely opening as COVID-19 metrics continue to improve, the governor announced Thursday.
“Nearly everyone agrees that there is no substitute for in-person instruction. It is essential that we all work together on flexible hybrid plans to safely get some of our kids back into classrooms and into healthy and supportive learning environments,” Larry Hogan said.
I want to sincerely thank all of the parents, child care providers, teachers, and staff for their hard work to adapt to very difficult circumstances in recent months. We are all working hard for you, and we will get through this together.— Governor Larry Hogan (@GovLarryHogan) August 27, 2020
The governor said that the authority to open rests with county boards of education.
In July, Washington County Public Schools voted unanimously to continue online learning with Superintendent Dr. Boyd Michael calling the plan temporary.
Currently, 16 of the state’s local school systems have developed plans for returning children to schools for some form of in-person instruction this calendar year, including students with special needs.