All county school systems in Maryland are authorized to safely reopen amid the coronavirus pandemic
All county school systems in Maryland are authorized to safely reopen amid the coronavirus pandemic, though decisions will be made at the local level, Gov. Larry Hogan said Thursday.
The trio provided a list of metrics the health and education departments recommend school systems use to determine when to reopen or whether to offer hybrid, in-person learning. Among the metrics are test positivity rates and case rates per 100,000 people.
Maryland Department of Health Acting Deputy Secretary Dr. Jinlene Chan said all counties are at a level where some form of in-person learning could take place.
Should an outbreak occur, Chan said local health and school officials would weigh what steps need to be taken, including whether to re-close schools.
Schools that reopen will still need to follow physical distancing guidelines and should follow cleaning and disinfection guidelines.