Maryland Public School Will Remain Closed for the School Year
Public schools in Maryland will remain closed through the end of the 2019–2020 school year, State Superintendent of Schools Karen Salmon ordered Wednesday. The closure is necessary to ensure the safety of educators, students and staff, she said.
Schools have been closed since March 16 due to the new coronavirus pandemic.
Remote learning will continue, Salmon said, and each school system will identify ways to recognize seniors, but must comply with the executive orders of the governor regarding social distancing. Currently, gatherings of more than 10 are prohibited, and Gov. Larry Hogan said Wednesday the state was not yet ready to reopen.
While it the state is not yet prepared to begin the first phase of his plan for recovery, Hogan said that as long as Marylanders continue to follow guidance from public health officials, some restrictions would be eased. Effective at 7 a.m. Thursday, he said Marylanders could resume outdoor activities like tennis, boating, fishing and camping. Beaches and playgrounds at state parks will be opened for walking and exercise.
"It will remain critical," Hogan said, that people "continue to practice physical distancing" to keep their fellow Marylanders safe. Gaithersburg Patch
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