MSDE Announces $10M to Support In-Person Fall Instruction

The Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) $10 million in grant awards to support Maryland schools that reopen for in-person instruction this fall.

MSEDE is encouraging in-person instruction by providing this addition COVID-19 emergency relief funds to local school systems, the SEED School, the Maryland School for the Blind, and the Maryland School for the Deaf for starting in-person instruction by the start of the 2020-2021 school year’s second quarter. The grant awards will include a base amount of $200,000 as well as a per-student allocation and can be used for expenses related to building readiness and transportation.

From the press release:

“This additional $10 million in funds will assist schools in reopening and safely getting some of our kids back into classrooms and into healthy and supportive learning environments,” said Governor Hogan. “With our health metrics continuing to improve, small group in-person instruction can occur safely, and should be available across the State.”

“It is our responsibility to make sure that school buildings reopen safely as soon as possible so that every child has access to a high quality, meaningful education,” said State Superintendent Karen B. Salmon, Ph.D. “We are pleased to provide this additional support to assist with health and safety precautions as schools work to return to in-person hybrid and small group instruction this fall.”

Local school systems will need to submit a grant application to MSDE detailing the system’s in person learning plan for the fall by October 2. The $10 million is provided through federal funding and the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund.

Read the full press release.

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