Schools lay out plans to re-open to adhere to Governor Hogan’s order

MARYLAND – After speaking with two superintendents, both say they’re ready to return to school amid Governor Larry Hogan’s order. They say they have been making preparations to do so, but COVID case numbers are still a huge factor for them. However, they both agree that faculty and students are ready to get the ball rolling.

“I’m not really surprised what person in the state of Maryland doesn’t want kids back in school,” says superintendent of Dorchester County Public Schools, W. David Bromwell.

After Governor Larry Hogan’s recent announcement stating children should return to hybrid learning by March 1st, some schools are scrambling to make plans to create a safe and healthy return for students.

“We’ve had numbers that are the worst we’ve had since the pandemic began and now all of the sudden, the Governor and Dr. Chan said we all need to get kids back in,” states Bromwell.

Bromwell says they already had plans to re-open before March 1st but 41 students in Dorchester County have tested positive just this week making the idea of re-opening a concerning one. Despite that, he says they will push forward with plans.

Bromwell adds “I think we’re going to do our best to get our students in and keep everyone safe I think we have a really good reopening plan.” Meanwhile in Wicomico County , superintendent Dr. Donna Hanlin says they’ve already had plans in place.

“I saw the writing on the wall and what I’ve been trying to do this whole time for months is to prepare for every situation,” says Dr. Hanlin.

Although superintendents say there seems to be a large amount of parents and teachers that are excited to return to in-person learning, some still questions if now is truly the best time. Both Hanlin and Bromwell say they are preparing their schools in the safest and healthiest way possible.

“It’s kind of like riding a bicycle, unless you go out and continue to try it you’ll never learn how to ride it,” says Bromwell.

Bromwell also tells 47 abc, the lack of supply for vaccines for teachers and faculty is also causing issues. He says, if there aren’t enough healthy faculty members he won’t have the staff to send kids back to school.

State health officials say they’re providing counties with additional protocols and educational recommendations and if you want to learn more about those guidelines you can visit here.

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