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Anne Arundel Board of Education to hear update on reopening plans

The Anne Arundel Board of Education will receive an update on reopening plans, including results of a school-based community survey, at the Wednesday morning meeting.

On a county press call, school spokesperson Bob Mosier said a final decision regarding fall reopen plans will be announced no later than late July.

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So far, Superintendent George Arlotto presented three possible options to the school board for the start of the school year — reopening schools for students, offering remote learning only or a combination of in-person and online learning.

Reopening plans still requires direction from the state superintendent because schools were forced to close in March to help combat the spread of coronavirus, Mosier said on Tuesday morning.

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“It really is a complicated process to manage the expectations of parents, employees and the public and to juggle the constraints that exist in buildings and transportation and the varying sets of guidelines,” Mosier said in reference to differing standards set by the American Association of Pediatrics and the CDC.

The school system sent out a survey to families and will present the findings at the school board meeting. Another survey will also be sent out for input from school system employees. As a way to address the various needs, the school system also created 14 committees to cover issues like childcare, academics, equity, transportation and student services.

The school system created a web page titled, “Fall 2020 Future Planning,” to provide further information on reopening.

School board members will also receive an update from Arlotto’s administration on summer learning plans.

In previous meetings, school officials presented plans for summer learning ranging from summer school to targeted programming.

Some of the programs will be offered to elementary aged students, students who live in poverty, special education students, students who speak other languages and need help with literacy, students transitioning to middle school and those going to high school.

The school system sent out invitations to identified students and families for summer participation, according to officials in June.

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