State Board of Education Votes to Require Full In-Person Learning Next Fall

The Maryland State Board of Education yesterday unanimously voted to approve a resolution requiring all school systems to be open five days a week for in-person learning for the 2021-22 school year, starting this fall.

While the board voted that students should be able to attend 180 days of in-person learning with a teacher in the classroom, the board offered school systems the option to seek an exemption from the new requirement. Clarence Crawford, the state school board’s president, stated that the board will have the ability to revisit the resolution if the COVID-19 pandemic worsens.

From Hogan’s press release:

“The science supports getting our children back into school for in-person learning, and every student in Maryland should have that opportunity right now. To encourage the safe reopening of schools, the state has committed more than $1.2 billion in funding, prioritized teachers for vaccines, and provided all the necessary PPE, testing, and guidance. Families and students deserve certainty that all school systems will return to full in-person learning. To address the academic and emotional toll of prolonged online instruction, today’s vote is an important step toward getting things back to normal.”

Read full resolution.

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