It’s cites worsening COVID-19 statistics.
Frederick, Md (KM) The Frederick County Public School System has delayed implementing the hybrid learning model until February. In an announcement on Wednesday, FCPS says teachers will return to the buildings on Wednesday, January 27th, and students will come back to their classrooms on Tuesday, February 16th,. with Wednesday, February 3rd, and Wednesday, February 10th serving as asynchronous days.
“I feel confident about our hybrid model and we are looking forward to welcoming students back to our school buildings, ” said Superintendent Dr. Theresa Alban, in a statement. . “We just need the right health metrics in place to make this happen.”
Under the hybrid model, students would come to schools for in-person learning two days a week, and then take part in virtual learning the remaining three days of the week. An all-virtual instructional model would still be available for families who feel they need it. .
The School System had planned to begin hybrid instruction on Thursday, January 28th, but that was postponed due to the worsening coronavirus statistics.
On Sunday, January 3rd, Frederick County Public Schools suspended small group instruction and winter athletic practices due to worsening COVID-19 numbers and after consultation with the Frederick County Health Department.
FCPS says if it does not see positive trends later this month regarding the coronavirus, the hybrid model will be delayed once again, with teachers returning on Wednesday, February 10th, and students coming back on Monday, March 1st. The asynchronous days will be Wednesday, February 17th, and Wednesday, February 24th.
Next week, the School System says it will release a dashboard that will communicate to families the number of COVID-19 cases in local public schools, and break down the data by schools. That data will provide context for families during the transition to the hybrid model, FCPS says.
By Kevin McManus