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COVID-19 Guidance, Resources and Updates for Maryland Schools and Communities Recovery. Resilience. Reopening Maryland Schools.

The Maryland State Department of Education and multiple State agencies are collaborating on and are committed to the health and safety of students and staff in the school setting. Maryland Together: Maryland's Recovery Plan for Education sets the framework to safely return schools to in-person instruction, along with guidance from the Maryland Department of Health and other partners. Schools across the State have been opening safely and effectively; all local school systems have been directed to open for in-person instruction by March 1, 2021.

Current Status of School SystemsPDF document link to Current Status of School Systems

For more information about Education and COVID-19:

Vaccine Opportunities for Educators and 
Child Care Providers

The State of Maryland is grateful for the work of educators and child care providers throughout the pandemic. Recently, President Biden challenged all states, tribes, and territories to ensure every education and childcare worker can receive at least one COVID-19 vaccine shot by the end of March.

While supply of vaccines remains very limited, we are taking a number of actions to meet this national goal in the coming weeks:

First, in Maryland, all vaccine providers—including hospitals, local health departments, and community health centers—are required to make vaccines available to both public and non-public education staff, as well as those who work as or for licensed child care providers, including center-based and family care providers.

Second, the state is working closely with retail pharmacy partners to prioritize vaccinations for school staff and child care workers:

On Monday morning, Safeway will open up appointments at, for stores across the state.

On Tuesday and Thursday mornings, at approximately 7 am, Walgreens will open up appointments at, for stores across the state.

Third, as part of Phase 1, educators and child care providers are now eligible to pre-register for an appointment at one of the state’s mass vaccination sites. Once pre-registered, you will be contacted as soon as an appointment is available.

To pre-register, apply online at or call 1-855-MD-GOVAX (1-855-634-6829.)

For all health information on COVID-19 vaccines, visit

February Proclamations

Black History Month ProclamationPDF document link
CTE Month Month ProclamationPDF document link
CTE Education That Works (video)
Gifted and Talented Education Month ProclamationPDF document link

Invitation to provide comment/input:

Maryland Together: Maryland's Recovery Plan for EducationMSDE welcomes public comments on the Updated Maryland Together: Maryland's Recovery Plan for Education

Please email comments to: until further notice. Comments will be reviewed on a continuous basis.

Updates from the State Superintendent

Remarks by
State Superintendent Karen B. Salmon, Ph.D.   
February 23, 2021

One of the first comprehensive guides of its kind in the country, Maryland Together: Maryland’s Recovery Plan for Education outlined 13 requirements for local school systems to address in their local reopening plans and introduced the concept of hybrid learning, as well as public health mitigation and social distancing practices necessary for reopening schools. 

In collaboration with the Maryland Department of Health, the Guidance for School Reopening,  features two educational design options to support the goal of quickly and safely restoring in-person learning for Maryland’s students, and prioritizes students who are most academically vulnerable. 

During the first days of the pandemic, MSDE directed the provision of emergency school meals to ensure students’ nutritional needs were met. MSDE is especially grateful for the work of food service professionals, who have provided more than 45 million emergency meals and continue to feed our students both in and outside of the school facilities.

In addition to the initial $400 million delivered by the Coronavirus Aid, Recovery, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, MSDE is providing another $780 Million in federal relief for school systems to address the effects of the pandemic. The $1.2 billion funding has been used for devices and connectivity, materials and supplies to reopen schools, and will support measures to combat learning loss with strategies such as intense tutoring.  MSDE has swiftly and effectively distributed these funds to local school systems. 

Survey: Strategies to Address Disrupted Learning
MSDE seeks your input regarding strategies to address disrupted learning as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. 
Please complete this short survey

$60 Million Pandemic Relief Grant Program for Child Care Providers

Through the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2021, Maryland received additional federal funding to support child care for children and families. The Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) is establishing a $60 million grant program to support eligible child care programs throughout the state to help meet operating costs and address lost revenue.

This grant program is in addition to previous efforts to support child care providers, including grants to support reopening efforts, sanitization, and personal protective equipment, as well as the essential personnel child care program. 

The grant application will be available beginning February 16. In order to receive a grant, currently operating child care programs must complete the online application by March 3. Providers must note how they plan to use the funds and submit required data, including enrollment data, losses incurred, and how funds will be used. 

Licensed child care centers and registered family child care providers can learn more about the grant application and other COVID-19 child care information.

News Releases

Maryland State Department of Education Hosts 13th Annual Teachers of Promise Institute

Maryland State Board of Education Hosts Special Meetings Thursday, April 15 and Friday, April 16

Maryland State Board of Education Hosts Special Meeting on Tuesday, April 6

MSDE Notice: Maryland Application for Federal Funds Under Part B Of IDEA Available For Review

Maryland Selects Finalists for Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching

Maryland State Department Of Education Opens Applications For Emergency Assistance To Non-Public Schools (EANS) Program

MSDE Notice: Comment Period Opens For Part C Of The Individuals With Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) State Application (March 2, 2021)

Continued High Marks for Maryland Students on Advanced Placement Success

MSDE Continues To Provide Guidance And Support For Safe And Effective Opening Of Schools During Pandemic

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