Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resources

  • AA Dept of Health
    COVID-19 Health Line

    410-222-7256

    Mon – 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 May 29, 2020, there have been 50,988 cases of Coronavirus in Maryland. There are 3,643 confirmed cases in Anne Arundel County.

The most complete, up-to-date information about Coronavirus in Maryland can be found here


  • Dr. Arlotto - 5/29/20 Memo Regarding Masks in AACPS Facilities

    Recommendations for Visitors and Employees

  • Employee Leave during the COVID-19 Shutdown

    View info about PAID SICK LEAVE AND EXPANDED FAMILY AND MEDICAL LEAVE UNDER THE FAMILIES FIRST CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE ACT

  • Employees with COVID Symptoms - Recommendations from the CDC on returning to work

    See below for the current recommendation from the CDC:

    https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/disposition-in-home-patients.html

    Time-since-illness-onset and time-since-recovery strategy (non-test-based strategy) Persons with COVID-19 who have symptoms and were directed to care for themselves at home may discontinue isolation under the following conditions:

    • At least 3 days (72 hours) have passed since recovery defined as resolution of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications and
    • Improvement in respiratory symptoms (e.g., cough, shortness of breath); and,
    • At least 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared.

    AACPS will accept a doctor's note, but the employee must meets the above criteria as well.

  • My doctor believes I have COVID and has decided not to administer the test. What do I need to do?

    1. Stay home

    2. Notify your supervisor if either of the following apply:
    • You are currently required to report to duty at an AACPS work site and/or
    • You have reported to an AACPS location for any reason within the last 14 days
    1. Contact the IDLM office if:
    • your position does not allow you to work from home or
    • you can work from home, but are too ill to do so

    You may be eligible for paid leave under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (“FFCRA”).  Leave specialists are available by phone at 410.222.5090, or you may contact Kristi Ward via e-mail at kmward@aacps.org

    If you are able to telework you should not take leave.

    1. Return to Work
    • In order to return to any AACPS work location, a doctor must clear you to return to duty in writing.

  • I am being tested for COVID. What do I need to do?

    1. Stay home

    2. Notify your supervisor if either of the following apply:
    • You are currently required to report to duty at an AACPS work site and/or
    • You have reported to an AACPS location for any reason within the last 14 days
    1. Contact the IDLM (Integrated Leave and Disability Management) office if:
    • your position does not allow you to work from home or
    • you can work from home, but are too ill to do so

    You may be eligible for paid leave under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (“FFCRA”).  Leave specialists are available by phone at 410.222.5090, or you may contact Kristi Ward via e-mail at kmward@aacps.org

    If you are able to telework you should not take leave.

    1. Return to Work (please also see the recommendations from the CDC above)
    • If your test is negative, provide documentation of your negative result to your supervisor in order to be permitted to return to duty. 
    • If your test is positive, you may not return to work until a doctor has cleared you to return to duty, in writing.

  • I have been quarantined due to contact with a person who tested positive for COVID. I am not currently ill. What do I need to do?

    1. Stay home

    2.  Notify your supervisor if either of the following apply:
    • You are currently required to report to duty at an AACPS work site and/or
    • You have reported to an AACPS location for any reason within the last 14 days
    1. Contact the IDLM office if your position does not allow you to work from home.  You may be eligible for paid leave under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (“FFCRA”).  Leave specialists are available by phone at 410.222.5090, or you may contact Kristi Ward via e-mail at kmward@aacps.org

    If you are able to telework you are not eligible for leave.

    1. Return to Work (please also view the CDC recommendations above)

    Most doctors will inform you of the length of the quarantine period.  If you do not develop symptoms, you may return to work when the quarantine period concludes. 

    However, if you become ill, you must contact the doctor for further instructions.  You will be required to produce a written clearance in order to be able to return any AACPS location. 

  • Where can I get more local information about COVID-19?

    The most complete, up-to-date information about Coronavirus in Maryland can be found here  

    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

    View an additional comprehensive list of Questions and Answers about Coronavirus here

  • 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
    • Face masks are currently required in MD when entering retail businesses.

    More info from the CDC

  • 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?

    Some locations in MD currently have drive through testing available. Currently, people that suspect they have COVID-19 due to symptoms should call their health care provider. 

  • Where can I get updates on Coronavirus (COVID-19)?

    The websites for the, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Maryland Department of Health, and the Anne Arundel County Department of Health offer the latest information and guidance.

  • Updated 5/14/20 - What is the status of high school graduations and proms?

    5/14/20 - Press Release - AACPS MOVES AWAY FROM TRADITIONAL GRADUATIONS TO FOUR-TIERED CELEBRATION OF SENIORS

    View a video message from Superintendent Arlotto to the Graduating Class of 2020

    4/28/20 - Superintendent George Arlotto announced the cancellation of all high school proms.

  • How long will AACPS schools be closed? (updated 5/6/20)

    On May 6, 2020, Dr. Salmon extended the closure of all public schools through the end of the school year. The last day of classes for students is June 18, 2020. (see below)

    On April 17, 2020, Dr. Salmon extended the closure of all public schools through May 15, 2020. This continues to be a rapidly evolving situation and additional decisions regarding schools and education will be coming periodicallly.

    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. 

    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.

  • HOW DO I keep my child learning DURING THE TIME SCHOOL IS CLOSED?

    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 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. 

  • Has the last day of school changed?

    The school closure has impacted the school calendar but AACPS has taken measures to avoid extension of the school year any further than necessary. The original primary election date of April 28 and two unneeded inclement weather days have been converted to instructional days, necessitating the addition of just two days onto the end of the year. The last day of classes for students is now June 18.