ELKTON, Md. (WJZ) — Most public school students in Cecil County will begin the 2020-2021 school year virtually due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Cecil County Public Schools announced on Monday they will begin a “virtual classroom model” for students on September 1. Small groups of students “based on the needs of children” will be able to take part in face-to-face instruction beginning the following week.

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Schools will soon begin to identify which students qualify for in-person learning, officials said.

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“After one month of this face to face service delivery model, the performance of this ‘Small group model’ will help us determine if the model can be expanded incrementally,” the district said in a news release.

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A school reopening survey posted on its website earlier this month showed just under 44 percent of respondents preferred an all in-person reopening for the upcoming school year, while just over a third were in favor of a hybrid model that combined in-person and online learning.

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