Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan will be joined by health and education officials Thursday in giving an update on schools as the new academic year approaches.
The Republican governor plans to hold a news conference at the State House in Annapolis at 4 p.m. He’ll be joined by Karen Salmon, the state superintendent of schools, and Dr. Jinlene Chan, the state’s top public health official.
Public schools across the Baltimore region have elected to start the school year with online learning due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Most public schools are starting classes the day after Labor Day, Sept. 8.
Children in public schools last attended in-person classes in mid-March, when Salmon ordered schools to close down due to the pandemic. The transition to online learning in the spring was challenging, as teachers had to quickly adapt to new methods of teaching and some families struggled with lack of access to computers and high-speed internet.
Some private schools, however, plan to offer varying levels of in-person instruction. There was a battle earlier this summer when Montgomery County’s health officer ordered that private schools could not offer in-person classes at the start of the year. That order later was rescinded after a lawsuit and pressure from Hogan’s Department of Health.
In Anne Arundel County, the health officer has asked private schools to submit plans showing how they plan to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
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