Governor Larry Hogan held a press conference Thursday afternoon to address the upcoming school year.
"I am announcing that as a result of our improved health metrics, every single county school system in the state of Maryland is now fully authorized to begin safely reopening," Hogan said. "There is broad and overwhelming agreement ... that finding a way to begin safely returning children to classrooms must be a priority ... There is no substitute for in-person instruction."
"In order for us to keep moving forward and to keep making progress, it is absolutely critical that we begin the process of getting our children safely and gradually back into the classroom," Hogan said.
State school Superintendent Dr. Karen Salmon said she strongly encourages local school systems to reevaluate their mode of instruction at the end of the first quarter.