Spring 2021 Planning & Implementation
Anne Arundel County Public Schools formed Fall 2020 Future Planning Committees (FPCs) composed of school district personnel, community leaders, students, teachers, families, employee bargaining unit members, and stakeholders from across the county that came together to plan for Fall 2020 schooling options. Our FPCs focused on the needs of Anne Arundel County students and families as they reviewed information from national and international schools and organizations and guidance from the Anne Arundel County Department of Health, our County Executive, Maryland’s State School Superintendent, and Governor Larry Hogan. Maryland Together - Maryland’s Recovery Plan for Education was also used to guide FPCs’ efforts. Based on the COVID case rate, the work of the committees, stakeholder feedback, Superintendent input, and the Board of Education vote, the decision was made to have students remain in virtual learning through the Fall 2020 semester. The work of these committees has continued with their current work focused mainly on the Spring 2021 semester. The FPCs continue to work on models to be used to bring back students to hybrid (in-person & virtual) learning when it is deemed safe to do so. Committees have worked to produce viable options for reopening school for the Spring 2021 semester.
Through the collective endeavors of educational leaders and stakeholders throughout the state, the future educational needs of students will be fully addressed. The most important step will be for leadership to base important decisions on data, the uniqueness of individual school systems, financial capabilities, technological capabilities, and student needs. Prior planning will set the stage for accomplishments that will be achieved throughout the school year.”
Karen B. Salmon, Ph.D., Maryland State Superintendent of Schools
Maryland Together – Maryland’s Recovery Plan for Education
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SPRING 2021 FAMILY SURVEYS
As noted many times during the fall of 2020, we anticipate bringing students back to schools for in-person learning some time during the Spring 2021 semester. We will need to know if families wish to have their student(s) remain learning virtually or opt for in-person learning. Thus, in January 2021, all AACPS families will be sent a family survey to indicate their choice of learning model for their student(s) when hybrid learning becomes an option.
NOTE: When we do return to hybrid learning by level, the school start times for hybrid and virtual learning for students at that level will return to original school start and dismissal times.