Coronavirus Information (COVID-19)
AA Dept of Health
COVID-19 Health Line
410-222-7256Mon – Thurs 7:30 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Fri 7:30 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Sat – Sun 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
As of April 4, 2020, there have been 3,125 confirmed cases of Coronavirus in Maryland. There are 289 confirmed cases in Anne Arundel County.
Where can I get more local information about COVID-19?
Please peruse the links to the left for information we have provided for you from the CDC and the World Health Organization (WHO)
Call 211 to be connected to the Maryland Department of Health or visit www.aahealth.org
What can I do to help prevent the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19)?
- STAY HOME!!!, except when it's absolutely necessary to go out
- Practice social distancing - maintain at least six feet of space between you and other individuals
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
- Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol if soap and water are not available
- Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue, your sleeve or your elbow
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using standard cleaning practices
- Avoid close contact with people
What should I do if I think I am sick with Coronavirus?
If you have recently traveled internationally or were in contact with someone with Coronavirus, and you have a fever, cough or difficulty breathing, seek medical care right away. Follow these steps:
- Call your doctor or emergency room before you go.
- Tell them about your recent travel and close contacts (such as people in your household).
- Wear a mask if one is available. An ear loop mask or simple surgical mask would be appropriate
(Information from the Anne Arundel County Department of Health)
Have any special cleaning procedures been recommended for AACPS?
Not at this time. Cleaning products currently being used by AACPS Operations staff meet the criteria set forth by health officials. Operations staff have been briefed on this issue and reminded of the need to ensure that all frequently touched surfaces are cleaned daily and meet all prescribed protocols. Staff have also been reminded to ensure that school bathrooms are well-stocked with soap and paper towels to allow for more frequent hand washing by students and employees.
How can I get tested for Coronavirus?
There is no Coronavirus (COVID-19) test kit on the market for sale. UPDATE: Some locations in MD currently have drive through testing available. Currently, people that suspect they have COVID-19 due to symptoms and to travel in areas with COVID-19 should call their health care provider, who will consult with the local and state health departments. In Maryland, COVID-19 testing is being conducted only through labs qualified by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) with prior authorization from MD Dept of Health physician–epidemiologists. (Information from the Anne Arundel County Department of Health)
How long will AACPS schools be closed?
On March 12, 2020, State School Superintendent Dr. Karen B. Salmon ordered all Maryland schools to be closed for students from Monday, March 16, through Friday, March 27, in order to help mitigate concerns associated with COVID-19.
On March 25, 2020, Dr. Salmon extended the closure of all public schools through April 24, 2020, as a necessary step in light of the ongoing battle against the coronavirus pandemic. The health and safety of our students, teachers, staff, and families is paramount. This is a rapidly evolving situation and other decisions regarding schools and education will be coming periodicallly.
HOW DO I keep my child learning DURING THE TIME SCHOOL IS CLOSED?
Go to the AACPS eLearning page to view more information about AACPS Learning Experiences.
There are currently no large-scale provisions from the Maryland State Department of Education to allow school systems to engage in widespread online instruction and still meet mandatory attendance requirements. As we worked through issues associated with H1N1 (swine flu) in 2009, our school system began to build a framework through which it would be possible to offer online instruction to students. Since that time, technology enhancements have brought about free Microsoft One Drive accounts for all students, the use of Google Classroom at the secondary levels, and the ability to access instructional documents from home.
Does AACPS offer online instruction? (Elearning)
AACPS is providing an eLearning experience to keep students engaged during the state-mandated closing of schools. This experience also offers lessons in math and reading/language arts for Kindergarten through grade 8 on AACPS-TV according to this broadcast schedule. Go to www.aacps.org/elearning to find out more.
What is the status of spring break? (April 9, 10, 13)
When schools initially closed, AACPS was planning to hold classes on April 9, 10, and 13 When State Superintendent Dr. Karen Salmon extended the closure of schools through April 24, 2020, she left it to local school systems to decide how to handle the days around Easter.
Superintendent George Arlotto has decided to leave the Board-approved calendar intact, and AACPS will be closed as scheduled on April 9, 10, and 13.
What is the status of high school graduations and proms?
Superintendent George Arlotto has been clear he will not cancel proms and graduations except as a last resort. At this time, there has been no decision on those events. However, Governor Larry Hogan’s order to allow no more than 10 people in a single gather, were it to remain in place, would prevent either of those events from happening.
Has the last day of school changed?
The last day of schools is still June 16th, however some adjustments to the calendar may be coming.