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Six more Anne Arundel County schools will go at least partially virtual due to COVID outbreaks

Six more Anne Arundel County Public Schools will switch at least partially to virtual learning this week in response to the number of COVID-19 cases reported in their halls in the past 14 days, Superintendent George Arlotto told the Board of Education on Wednesday evening.

Schools are closed when the number of cases in schools is at or near 5% of the school’s population, including students and all employees. The schools will be closed for five calendar days, with most reopening at the start of next week.

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At Windsor Farms Elementary School in Annapolis, there were 29 cases of COVID-19 within 14 days; at Glendale Elementary in Glen Burnie, there were 27 cases; at Crofton Meadows Elementary, 30 cases; at Sunset Elementary in Pasadena, 25 cases; and at Ferndale Early Education Center in Glen Burnie, nine cases.

Monarch Academy Glen Burnie’s middle school students will learn virtually through next Monday after 23 cases were reported in 14 days. Elementary students at the charter school will continue to learn in person.

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Students at Mayo Elementary School did distance learning at the start of the week, after 18 reported cases caused the closure of that school last week. The school was scheduled to reopen Thursday, but all public schools in the district were closed due to inclement weather.

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Arlotto also reviewed the number of coronavirus cases in the district as a whole and discussed an “off-ramp” for lifting the requirement that students and staff wear face masks indoors. As of Thursday 1,501 students were positive for COVID-19, along with 68 staff members.

The school system may lift the mask requirement when at least 80% of the county has been fully vaccinated as reported by the Maryland Department of Health, or when transmission drops to a “low” or “moderate” level as defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Individual schools can lift the mask mandate if 80% of their population is fully vaccinated, though Arlotto said there is currently no method with which to track vaccination among students.

“We’re going to have to create a mechanism to collect that data,” Arlotto said.

Staff have reported their vaccination statuses, Arlotto said, so that information is available.

According to the Maryland Department of Health, 67.5% of Anne Arundel County residents are fully vaccinated, while 74% have received at least one dose or received the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

The CDC currently lists Anne Arundel County with a “high” community transmission rate. It will be considered “moderate” once the percentage of positive COVID-19 tests drops to less than 10%. According to state data, Maryland’s positivity rate was 18% as of Thursday and the county’s rate was 19.86%.


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