• April 3, 2020

    Schools closed until at least April 24.

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    State Superintendent Karen Salmon announced on March 25, 2020, that the shutdown for all public schools in Maryland would be extended through April 24, 2020. When we receive updates regarding any further details regarding this decision, we will communicate it to AACPS families, students and employees as quickly as possible.


    During this time away, our hope is for you to remain safe and healthy. We have developed some instructional offerings for students who are able to use them during these next two weeks. AACPS eLearning educational resources 

    View the AACPS-TV schedule if you prefer to take part in these learning experiences on AACPS-TV



    Anne Arundel County Public Schools will serve free meals to children ages 2 to 18 at 60 sites across the county from Monday through Friday between now and April 24. Children will receive breakfast, lunch, and dinner in a single pickup. Adults may not pick up meals for children.  View a complete list of sites


    All AACPS schools and offices are closed to the public through Friday, April 24, 2020. Limited and essential personnel will be working from central and satellite offices during that time. The AACPS telephone switchboard will not be operational. If you have a question or concern that needs to be addressed, please feel free to send an email to comments@aacps.org

THE HUB - Feature Article

  • Open or Closed, Our Commitment to Children Doesn’t Change

    Posted by Dr. George Arlotto on 3/19/2020

    In the six years I have had the privilege to serve as Superintendent of Anne Arundel County Public Schools, no single topic has generated as much discussion, adjustment, or public concern as the current coronavirus, or COVID-19, issue.

    As our schools operated in recent months amid daily news of new positive test results around the world and then in the United States, the parents, guardians, and families of the 85,000 children we serve every day were, quite naturally, concerned about their welfare. The 12,000-plus employees who are part of our awesome team were understandably anxious about their own families while simultaneously helping the children in their charge and continuing to deliver amazing instruction and support every day.

    The last seven days have brought a sea change to the landscape of Anne Arundel County. Early last week, following advice from our incredible partners at the Anne Arundel County Department of Health, we curtailed field trips and staff travel, then imposed other restrictions on athletics and large group events. In the wake of Maryland’s first case of community transmission of the disease, schools are now closed for two weeks, library and senior center doors are locked, and restrictions on events imposed by Gov. Larry Hogan are in place.

    Here is what has not changed, though: our unwavering commitment to our children.

    Through the 10 school days our students will miss, our incredible team in Food and Nutrition Services will be preparing hot meals and snacks for curbside delivery at 31 schools and mobile meal stops at 21 more sites. We estimate that we will provide healthy and nutritious meals for as many as 13,000 children ages 2 to 18 in the county each day – 130,000 total meals –
    but are prepared to adjust and prepare more meals if the need exists.

    We fully recognize that a significant number of children depend on our schools for their meals, and we are not about to let them down. Our team was planning for this long before Thursday’s closure announcement and is modeling the program after the highly successful summer meals program we have run for many years.

    Likewise, our teams in Academics and Design & Print Services began to create instructional resource materials some time ago. Those are up and available on our website, www.aacps.org. For students without internet access, the materials are being broadcast on AACPS-TV, which can be found on Channel 96 on Comcast and Broadstripe and Channel 36 on

    The material is not intended to replicate classroom lessons and it will not be graded. It will, however, allow children to stay engaged academically for a few hours each day and to continue to refine and enhance their skills and knowledge. Schools at all levels made books from their media centers available to all students on Friday for exactly the same reason.

    While our buildings are closed, our dedicated Operations team will be cleaning more than 13 million square feet of real estate in more than 120 locations. They will go classroom by classroom to help ensure that whenever it is that our schools reopen, they are clean and ready for students and employees.

    We are as equally committed to our employees as we are to our children. We have taken steps to ensure that paychecks for our employees continue to be delivered on time, and most of our 12-month employees will work from outside our central and satellite offices over the next two weeks to ensure that the work of the system continues to get done.

    History is a great teacher, and recent history tells us that the conditions that exist today are almost certain to change in the near future. The road ahead is likely to be rocky and full of uncertainty, but everyone can be sure of this: We will remain steadfastly committed to the wellbeing of our children.

    The writer is Superintendent of Anne Arundel County Public Schools. He can be reached at

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Notable Dates


    March 16-April 24 -- Schools closed for all students

    April 28 -- Primary elections; All Schools & Central Offices closed 

    May 25 -- Memorial Day; All Schools & Central Offices closed