Somerset Co. Public Schools extend closure due to COVID-19 rates
WESTOVER, Md. – Somerset County Public Schools officials announced on Tuesday that schools will now remain closed for in-person learning until Monday, February 8th.
We’re told this is due to local COVID-19 health metrics remaining above the state recommended benchmarks for safe in-person learning.
As of Tuesday, Somerset County’s 7-day positivity rate is 10.12% and the case rate per 100,000 is 48.52.
Officials say if local health metrics fall below the state recommended benchmarks of 5% positivity rate and new case rate of 15 per 100,000 for 7 consecutive days, SCPS will reopen for in-person learning for all students who have opted to return at the start of the second semester on February 8th. If local health metrics remain above these benchmarks, schools will reopen for small, priority groups of students for in-person learning on February 8th.