Howard County Board of Education Proposes New Hybrid Schooling Plan

On November 6, 2020, the Howard County Board of Education proposed a plan for a partially in-person, partially online model of schooling. If passed, hybrid schooling would begin with the start of second semester in February. 

This proposed model consists of two groups: the A-group and the B-group. The A-group would return to school on Mondays and Tuesdays while the B-group would return on Thursdays and Fridays. Wednesday would continue to act as an asynchronous day, as well as time for the school to receive a deep cleaning. Doing this would prevent the spread of germs between the two groups of students.

High school students would begin class at 7:45am with four, 90 minute periods and a lunch break. Desks and seating at lunch would spread six-feet apart, with masks required at all times when students are not eating. 

Students would have the option to remain fully online if not comfortable returning to the building, as teachers will have access to the technology to teach both in-person and online at once. The Board will vote on this proposed model on Thursday, November 19.