Hogan Gives Thumbs Up To School Openings

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.

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.