At a press conference in Annapolis on Thursday afternoon, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan gave school districts in the state the full authority to reopen.
The Governor said “In order for us to keep moving forward and to keep making progress, it is absolutely critical that we begin the process of getting our children safely and gradually back into the classroom.”
The Hogan administration has committed $345 million in additional education funding via the federal CARES Act, which will benefit K-12 technology funding, Competitive Innovation Grants, tutoring and learning programs for at-risk children and expanded broadband access for education.
Dorchester, Wicomico, Worcester and Somerset are in the state’s medium range for COVID-19 case positivity, but still authorized to reopen by the Governor.
Governor Hogan says 16 school systems have presented plans to welcome students back to the classroom in the Fall including Wicomico, Somerset and Worcester Counties. Dorchester is among eight jurisdictions that has not presented a plan.
Governor Hogan and Dr. Karen Salmon, the Superintendent of Maryland Public Schools plan to visit districts across the state in the coming weeks to examine how they are bringing small groups of students back into the classroom.