Somerset Co. Public Schools to remain in-person for winter break return


SOMERSET COUNTY, Md. – Somerset County Public Schools (SCPS) will remain open for in-person learning as they return from winter break. SCPS wrote in a message to the community that they are aware of climbing COVID-19 positivity rates across the state, and Somerset County.

Officials at SCPS say there are no current plans to make any changes to their in-person learning status. Staff and students will return to school on Monday, January 3rd, and must continue to follow the district’s mask requirements. SCPS says they are also maintaining their enhanced sanitization efforts and social distancing protocols.

In the community note, SCPS also noted they are working closely with the Somerset County Health Department. They are collaborating on contact tracing efforts and the exclusion of sick or exposed individuals from school buildings. SCPS says new CDC guidance on quarantine periods is still under review with state and local health officials.
SCPS says as they return from winter break, they are continuously monitoring local infection rates and staffing capacity. The district says shifting to virtual learning would be a last-resort measure, but they cannot remain open if they do not have enough staff to safely operate school buildings.
Until Monday, SCPS is asking the community to continue taking COVID-19 safety precautions. The district is also asking for families to keep students at home if they are symptomatic, or have been recently exposed to someone who is COVID-19 positive. If students are symptomatic or have been exposed, SCPS is asking families to contact the Somerset County Health Department for information about testing and vaccination.
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