Howard County Board of Education votes to begin to bring students back into schools starting March 1, 2021

The meeting is still going at the time of me writing this article but I thought I would share this update from Howard County Board of Education member Vicky Cutroneo:

It became clear the Superintendent’s proposed phased in plan did not have majority support and that a compromise would be necessary to move us forward.

Though I articulated my concerns with delays bringing student groups back, a 4-4 stalemate is not progress and does nothing towards bringing students back into the buildings. I do hope that this new plan does in fact allow more staff to be vaccinated but there are no guarantees with vaccine availability.

I am also pleased our most impacted and youngest students will be brought back first. Special ed, struggling students, English language learners, PreK-2.

We will return from dinner at 6:30pm to vote on the concurrent hybrid instructional plan and other items.

Here are the return dates noted this evening:
3/1: students currently with an IEP, and students who were identified by school staff and invited to participate in the School-Based Learning Centers last fall
3/15: preK through 2nd grade
3/29: 3rd through 6th, 9th, and 12th grade
4/12: 7th, 8th, 10th, and 11th

I am sure the HCPSS will put out an official announcement tonight or tomorrow and when that is published I will be sure to share that statement and information on the blog.

Finally at 8:44pm – A very long and somewhat confusing motion was passed related to the Hybrid Model.

Here is information on the “Hybrid Model” per what was presented on January 25th:$file/01%2025%202021%20School%20Status%20Work%20Session%20PowerPoint.pdf.

I am sure the update from the HCPSS will provide all of the details up to this point…stay tuned for that update.

Scott E

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