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Maryland School Districts Fight COVID-19 Protocol as Infection Rate Soars – CBS Baltimore

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (WJZ) – As a parent at Hilltop Elementary School in Anne Arundel County, Kierra says this new surge in Covid cases is so nerve-wracking, “it makes me a little bit competitive.”

It also leaves school districts across the state making some tough decisions when the Omicron variant goes into effect for Maryland schools.

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In Anne Arundel County on Monday, George Arlotto, Superintendent of Schools, announced a change to their isolation procedures starting in January, saying that “no asymptomatic student will be isolated. ly,” he said during a virtual meeting.

The move is an attempt to keep more students in school, after Board of Education member Melissa Ellis said “hundreds of hundreds of students, healthy students, are out of school” because current protocols.

This change comes even as COVID cases continue to increase in Anne Arundel County. “The situation is getting worse,” said Dr. Nilesh Kalyanaraman, County Health Officer.

And in Baltimore County, their superintendent sent a letter warning staff and students Monday that they should prepare for possible closures, asking them to bring home devices and chargers. during winter break.

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But in Prince George County, all students switched to virtual learning on Mondays. Virtual learning is temporary and scheduled until January 18, 2022.

Dr. Monico Goldson, CEO of Prince George County Public Schools, said in an interview with WJLA: “I had to make a decision with our health department about what was best for the community. our copper.

It was a decision that received opposition from Governor Larry Hogan, who said, “closing the entire school system to children who have struggled with virtual learning for a year is simply outrageous. and mistakes.”

Along with those struggling is second grader, Gavin, whose favorite subject is math because he says he knows addition and subtraction.

Adrian, Gavin’s father, said Gavin and his entire class at Hilltop Elementary are still catching up after a year of virtual learning. “The whole class relies on what they have to know,” says Adrian.

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In a statement from the Maryland Department of Education on Monday, Superintendent Mohammed Choudhury said “there is a strong consensus that schools can and should be open to face-to-face learning and that school leaders must do all everything in their power to keep them open.”

https://baltimore.cbslocal.com/2021/12/20/maryland-school-districts-wrestle-covid-19-protocols-as-infection-rate-soars/ Maryland School Districts Fight COVID-19 Protocol as Infection Rate Soars – CBS Baltimore

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