BOARD OF EDUCATION VOTES TO IMPLEMENT HYBRID LEARNING NO LATER THAN MARCH 1, 2021

Posted on January 15, 2021 by AACPS Communications Office

Citing the onset of vaccinations for education employees in the near future and relying on guidance from the Anne Arundel County Department of Health, the Board of Education of Anne Arundel County tonight voted to implement a hybrid learning program for as many students as possible, health and safety metrics permitting, no later than March 1, 2021.

The school system had been focusing on implementing hybrid learning in elementary schools at the start of the second semester, which begins February 2. In its votes, the Board delayed the implementation by a month and urged Superintendent George Arlotto to bring back smaller groups of students – those with special needs, English Language Learners, and students at the county’s Centers of Applied Technology – as soon as possible.

The Board also directed Dr. Arlotto to:

  • provide a timeline as soon as practicable detailing how the reopening plan will be implemented.
  • update the Board and the public on the status of the reopening implementation and the health metrics by February 17, 2021.
  • identify students who are not successful in the virtual environment so that appropriate resources and interventions can be developed.

Anne Arundel County Public Schools is working with the Anne Arundel County Department of Health to develop a vaccination plan for school system employees. The school system is currently surveying employees to determine if they wish to receive a vaccine and will work with the Department of Health to develop a priority list as soon as possible.

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Other jurisdictions are doing the following:

Carroll County: 

  • The Carroll County Board of Education held a public meeting on January 4, 2021 and voted 4-1 to return to hybrid learning on Thursday January 7, 2021. The motion that passed included “I move that we open in the hybrid model on January 7th as planned. Also, we need to maintain continuity for the staff and the students our intention is not to close CCPS schools system wide moving forward unless the Governor or MSDA requires us to do so. Individual classes in schools will be monitored and maintained per the guidelines that exist at that time.” (LEARN MORE)

Baltimore City: 

  • For the second semester, City Schools will expand optional learning to traditional and transformation school students in kindergarten through 5th grade as well as 9th-grade students and high school seniors. The program will be open to all traditional K-5 students who attend an elementary/middle school or all 9th and 12th-grade students who attend traditional and transformation high schools.
  • Kindergarten through grade 2 begins Tuesday, February 16.
  • Grades 3-5 begin Monday, March 1
  • 9th grade and 12th-grade start Monday, March 1
  • (LEARN MORE)

Howard County:

  • February: On February 1, HCPSS will implement the expansion of small group programs and supports, for four or five days each week, to provide some level of in-person supports in place at every school. On February 13, the fall athletics season is scheduled to begin with in-person practices.
  • March: HCPSS will continue small group offerings at every school and prepare for the possible implementation of a hybrid model for the fourth quarter, which begins on April 15. The goal is to have 5 percent of students in buildings, and continue to increase the percentage to bridge to a fourth quarter model with expanded in-person instruction.
  • (LEARN MORE)

Kent County:

  • January 29, 2021: If it is safe to do so, KCPS will implement a hybrid instructional model with in-person and fully remote learning. Fully remote learning will remain an option for parents grades 9-12. (Learn More)

Those are the recent announcements I have seen. If you know of other announcements from other school systems feel free to send those along and I will update this listing.

Scott E