MCPS superintendent, other Maryland school leaders seek more clarity on state COVID-19 guidelines
Weeks after Maryland Governor Larry Hogan said schools can begin to reopen, school leaders are still deciding on when to do just that. Some school officials are asking the state for more guidance and clarity on what to do after they bring kids back into the classrooms, which includes handling of outbreaks, contact tracing and vaccination requirements as they work to expand in-person learning.
“We need to be talking about these things right now in terms of the state’s position on the availability and what the circumstances are,” said Dr. Jack Smith, the superintendent of Montgomery County Public Schools, during a briefing before the Senate Education, Health and Environmental Affairs Committee on Wednesday.
Smith along with Prince George’s County Public Schools CEO Dr. Monica Goldson said they’ve installed new ventilation systems, purchased protective gear and have plans to keep students socially distant. But what Smith and other school leaders are continuing to ask is what is considered a COVID-19 outbreak? And what protocols should be in place, in addition to how to immunize students when a vaccine is ready.
Source: Fox 5 DC