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GCPS Provides Adjustments and Clarification on Reopening Plans

Last Updated on Sep 22, 2020 at 10:17am | Public Information Office

Dear Families,
The GCPS staff and administration are continuing to work to bring students back to in person learning. Our teachers deserve the highest praise as they work to become experts of a new learning platform while striving to provide the best possible instruction to all students. The reopening plan continues to go through revisions as we work with stakeholders and the Garrett County Health Department to ensure we are mitigating the risk to the greatest extent possible. Important – This plan has been amended. Please read carefully.
As of today, September 22, the following plans are in effect:
September 28
  • Students in grades PK, K & 1 will return to in-person learning in a hybrid “yellow” model. Principals are currently working to identify cohorts of students and will be reaching out to those families to provide further information.
  • An additional 10-15% of students in grades 2-12 have been invited to come back for in-person learning. Principals have identified these students and information has been provided to those families.
  • Students who are attending in person will continue to be dismissed 3 hours early.
The following plan is tentative and based on available health metrics as we move forward. All students attending in-person will be dismissed three hours early during each of the following phases:
October 12
  • Students in grades 2 & 3, 6, 9, & 12 will return in cohorts under the hybrid model outlined in the GCPS Reopening Plan.
October 26
  • Students in grades 4 & 5 and 7 & 10 will return in cohorts under the hybrid model outlined in the GCPS Reopening Plan.
November 9
  • Any students not in the previous cohorts or those who wish to move to in-person learning.
Please note:
All students may take advantage of at-home virtual learning for the entire school year. Teachers and various school staff will be polling parents to determine who would like to remain on this “blue model” schedule.
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