Maryland Public Schools to Remain Closed for Rest of School Year

Maryland’s Superintendent of Public Schools Dr. Karen Salmon announced alongside Governor Larry Hogan that the state’s public schools will remain closed through the end of the 2019-2020 school year.

Dr. Salmon says while online and distance learning will continue, the department is releasing a “Maryland Together: Recovery Plan for Education,” that will provide a comprehensive strategy for reopening schools.

Schools are not expected to be included in Stage One of the Governor’s reopening plan, although Dr. Salmon said different methods of returning to school could be included in both Stages Two and Three.

Decisions regarding graduations will be at the local superintendent level. MSDE is coordinating with local communities to provide recognition for seniors.

The Maryland State Department of Education has distributed $34 million dollars in payments to over 3,700 child care providers serving children of essential workers. MSDE has also provided 8 million meals to school-aged children across the state.