Important Information
COVID-19 Guidance, Resources and Updates

for Maryland Schools and Communities


Multiple state agencies are collaborating on and are committed to the health and safety of students and staff in the school setting. We are working collaboratively with the Governor's Office, the Maryland Department of Health (MDH), the Maryland Emergency Management Agency (MEMA), and all other relevant State agencies on the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19).

The Maryland State Department of Education will remain vigilant in providing all information regarding the virus as it pertains to the health and safety of students and staff in our schools.

Click Here to learn more information on COVID-19.



Invitation to provide comment/input:


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

Please email comments to: educationplan.msde@maryland.gov until further notice. Comments will be reviewed on a continuous basis.



Special Announcement: School Closure Extended Through 2019-20 Academic School Year

Message from Karen B. Salmon, Ph.D.
State Superintendent of Schools
May 6, 2020

...Today, I am announcing the closure of schools for the remainder of the 2019-2020 academic school year. After extensive discussions with the Maryland State Board of Education, the Maryland Health Department and additional health experts advising the Governor, I am convinced this is the appropriate decision in order to continue to protect the health and safety of our students, educators, staff and  all members of school communities throughout Maryland.

Although we will not see students and educators return to the classroom before the scheduled end of this school year, online and distance learning opportunities will continue. To guide school systems and school communities on the path forward, the State Department of Education is releasing a comprehensive plan for long-term recovery from the coronavirus pandemic.

The “Maryland Together: Maryland's Recovery Plan for Education” was drafted in collaboration with the State Board, local school superintendents, and with input from a wide array of stakeholders throughout our State. This document lays the groundwork for the coming months as we maintain and improve upon online learning opportunities and identifies methods for recovering any lost instruction time that has occurred as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.  The plan also establishes the foundation for school systems as they begin to consider how they will bring students and educators back into school buildings once they are able to in a safe way.

I want to emphasize that the recovery plan we are sharing with members of the public and the education community is not prescriptive and nothing included indicates any mandate or requirement that school systems have to follow. However, it outlines a set of options and considerations developed from best practices and available research. Our plan identifies several sample schedules and calendar ideas that could be used, and dovetails into the Governor’s Maryland Strong: Roadmap to Recovery plan. (Read the entire announcement here.)


COVID-19 Response Update:

Maryland public schools are closed for the 2019-2020 school year. Local systems are implementing continuity
of learning plans.

Child Care opened only for essential personnel and employees returning to work under Stage 1 of Recovery, Governor Executive Order Number 20-05-13-01


New! Maryland Together: Maryland’s Recovery Plan for Child Care Outlines Path Forward for Child Care During COVID-19 Pandemic

The Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) developed Maryland Together: Maryland’s Recovery Plan for Child Care, a plan to continue and expand child care during the COVID-19 Pandemic. As the State entered the first recovery stage, MSDE announced the immediate start of a transition phase for child care, expanding access to child care to include families returning to work under Governor Hogan’s latest Executive Order. MSDE established a comprehensive stakeholder task force, including family and center-based providers, child care advocates, as well as Maryland Department of Health representatives, to provide recommendations that helped to inform the recovery plan.

“We extend our heartfelt thanks to Maryland’s child care providers, teachers and staff who have agreed to deliver services for essential persons and first responders, as well as those child care providers who have remained closed for the health and safety of their staff and families,” said Karen B. Salmon, Ph.D., State Superintendent of Schools. “Maryland’s family and center-based child care providers are critical to our recovery efforts – we will move forward together with safety as the priority.”


 
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Three Easy Steps to Finding Child Care

For essential personnel and employees returning to work under Stage 1 of Recovery, Governor Executive Order Number 20-05-13-01:

  1. Click Here to find both School-Age and licenced child care to see if there is a program near your home or work and then contact the provider directly.
  2.  If you don’t see a child care provider that meets your needs, call the trained LOCATE: Child Care Referral Specialists to help you select the best child care option for your family at (Toll-Free) 877-261-0060.
  3. Download these 4 forms, complete and take to the provider of your choice.



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