Maryland’s Frederick County schools to have all-virtual start

The Frederick County, Maryland, school board decided Wednesday on an all-virtual first semester for the upcoming school year, which starts Aug. 31.

Frederick County Public Schools said after feedback from students, parents and staff, it would offer a number of improvements for the fall, including more real-time interactions between teachers and students, continued efforts to make sure each student is connected digitally and more support for teachers in the all-virtual environment.

The school system also said it would offer “online learning mentors” with designated office hours.

The full grading system will be in effect, which differs from the pass/incomplete grading that happened last spring, the school system said.

A county school board member tweeted that the vote for an all-virtual start was unanimous and that extracurricular activities would also be postponed.

More details will be coming Aug. 5, said school board member Karen Yoho.

Earlier, the school system had plans for both hybrid learning, allowing for some in-person instruction, and all-virtual learning.


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