GLEN BURNIE, Md. (WJZ) — Parents of Anne Arundel County Public Schools students held a rally Tuesday, calling for schools in the area to reopen.

Anne Arundel County Schools Superintendent George Arlotto said that students will begin the school year virtually, and that the current COVID-19 metrics do not put them in a position to consider full in-person instruction right now.

The school system will move forward with plans to hold small in-person instruction for some students with special needs, and students at the Centers of Applied Technology.

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Adam Wyndham is a parent of a daughter with special needs. He said he would like to have definitive return dates from Anne Arundel County Schools so that his daughter can get all of the in-person help and support that she needs.

“My suggestion would be to provide meaningful, in-person support and educational services for special needs students,” he said. “And by that I mean more than two hours at more than three schools which has been the response so far.”

Anne Arundel County Schools said in a statement that Superintendent Arlotto remains committed to bring students back as soon as health officials believe it’s safe.

“Superintendent George Arlotto has been and remains committed to bringing students and staff back into school buildings as soon as local health officials agree that it is safe and prudent to do so. Our team continues to move forward aggressively and prudently and continues to collaborate with our county Department of Health as we put plans in place to accomplish exactly that as soon as we can.”

The school system also said it has plans for a safe hybrid learning model, but that this will not happen overnight.

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Rachel Menitoff

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  1. chrissfarmer says:

    There is no way to establish “definitive return dates” when we have no vaccine for COVID nor do we know how it will behave in the future… or if we will ever have it. There are many diseases fro which they have never developed a vaccine. Nobody knows when COVID will be over. Trump told us it would go away in warm weather, we could inject disinfectants or use light to cure it and that anti malarial drugs would cure it, apparently none of that was not true. Considering all the medical training Trump has had, that surer is surprising! What we do know is what has happened in many locations already. They open schools, the virus spikes and they close the schools. AA Co has already said distance learning until after the first of the year, so live with it. If a safe vaccine is discovered and properly tested before then, they can always change it. It may take years or perhaps never to develop a vaccine; at this point nobody knows.

    These parents also need to realize that they cannot have in person school when a good portion of teachers, bus drivers and staff (some of whom are in high risk groups) refuse to show up because of COVID.

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