The Montgomery County School Board, in Maryland, has voted to delay the return of small groups of students to campus until March 15, the school district announced Tuesday.
Originally, some students were scheduled to return to school on February 1. But according to education officials, who run the state’s largest school district, health indicators have not reached the point where they are needed to ensure a safe return to staff and students.
“We understand that many MCPS families will be disappointed that we will not be able to resume face-to-face instruction on February 1,” the school district said in a letter to parents and guardians. “The safety of our students and our staff has been, and continues to be, our guide in returning to face-to-face learning.”
The board will meet again on February 23 to discuss whether a return to the classroom on March 15 is feasible.
Montgomery County has been one of the hardest hit in Maryland since the start of the coronavirus pandemic. It has reported a total of 52,015 infections and 1,146 deaths from the virus.