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State approval not needed for Carroll County Public Schools to implement reopening plan

Carroll County Public Schools doesn’t need Maryland State Department of Education approval of its latest reopening plan, clearing the way for students to return to classrooms four days a week later this month.

Carroll’s Board of Education voted to send students back to the classroom full-time Feb. 10, and crafted a more detailed plan Feb. 24. Board members noted at the time the plan needed MSDE approval.

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But the school system posted on its website Wednesday that “our revised plan does not need to be submitted for approval and that revision and implementation of the plan is a local Board of Education decision. Therefore, we are moving forward to prepare schools for four-day per week in-person learning.” Superintendent Steve Lockard said they received the response from MSDE on Monday.

The information was sent to parents as well as a request for them to decide whether they will allow their students to attend in-person learning or to remain virtual.

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Carroll had been in hybrid mode since Jan. 7, meaning students had the option of learning in-person twice a week, either Monday and Tuesday or Thursday and Friday.

The new CCPS plan will allow students to attend four days per week, with Wednesday remaining virtual for most. With the numbers of students in many classrooms doubling, social distancing and staffing remain a concern.

Elementary school students would be able to return four days per week on March 15, and middle and high school students on March 22. Students in special education programs have already phased into the classrooms and full virtual learning will remain an option. Students will have two asynchronous learning days before they return to give time for classrooms to be adjusted. Elementary school students, including Carroll Springs School, will have theirs March 11 and 12. Middle school and high school students will have theirs on March 18 and 19, not including Gateway and Crossroads students.

The message also said the data dashboard of COVID-19 cases and COVID-like illnesses will continue to be updated weekly.

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This week’s case numbers, updated Wednesday, stayed the same with 48 people within CCPS testing positive both this week and last, but the number of people with COVID-19 symptoms jumped from 51 to 92. As of Wednesday, 17 staff and 31 students tested positive for the virus. And of the 92 with symptoms, 17 are staff and 75 are students.

Four people tested positive for the virus at Mechanicsville, the most of the elementary schools, and three at Oklahoma Road, the most on the middle school level. Westminster and Century high schools each had seven people test positive, and five people have the virus at the Plant Maintenance building.

Four people at Friendship Valley have symptoms, the most on the elementary level, and six people have symptoms at Mount Airy Middle, the most on the middle school level. Century High School has 10 people who have symptoms and both central office and plant maintenance each have one person with symptoms.

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