• State health and education officials have shared adjusted guidance for school systems, along with additional research indicating that it is possible to have schools safely open for students. Today the Governor urged school systems to make immediate plans to phase in hybrid in-person learning in schools no later than March 1st.

    For a safe and orderly reopening, Wicomico students will return to our schools in stages, starting the week of February 2nd. We will do so with physical distancing, mask wearing and other important health and safety precautions for students and staff.

    Here is our current return schedule:

    • Week of February 2nd: Hybrid in-person instruction resumes for students who were in schools last fall in small groups or in grades Prekindergarten to 2nd Grade. Teachers and other school staff members serving these students will be back in school buildings as of January 25th.
    •  Week of February 8th: Hybrid in-person instruction begins for grades 3-8. Teachers and other school staff members serving these students will be back in school buildings as of February 1st.
    •  Week of February 16th: Hybrid in-person instruction begins for grades 9-12. Teachers and other school staff members serving these students will be back in school buildings as of February 8th.  

    Fully virtual learning will continue to be an option this school year for students in all grade levels, and many of our students and parents have chosen this option. Parents who had previously committed to the virtual option for a student and now wish to change to the hybrid option should communicate with the school. The school will work with the family on the request.

     

    Background on Health Metrics:

    On Nov. 17, the Wicomico County Board of Education approved the recommendation of Superintendent of Schools Dr. Donna Hanlin to return to all virtual learning due to concerning COVID-19 health metrics in Wicomico County.Following guidance from the state Department of Health and Maryland State Department of Education, we continued to monitor these two important community health measures as a guide to when schools could consider safely having in-school instruction eithe rin small groups or in a hybrid model:

    • 7 consecutive days of Wicomico County’s Positivity Rate below 5% AND
    • 7 consecutive days of Wicomico County’s New Case Rate below 15 per 100,000

    Wicomico’s daily statistics on these two measures are charted on this page so our school community can monitor progress on these two measures.

    With the state's revised guidance announced on Jan. 21st, Wicomico now plans to phase in in-person learning in our schools. For a safe and orderly reopening, Wicomico students will return to our schools in stages, starting the week of February 2nd. We will do so with physical distancing, mask wearing and other important health and safety precautions for students and staff. The full schedule is posted above.

Positivity Rate %

New Case Rate per 100,000