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A message from Superintendent Mohammed Choudhury:

Welcome to the Maryland State Department of Education, where we are leading the implementation of The Blueprint for Maryland’s Future to offer the full promise of an excellent and equitable education for every Maryland child, especially those who have been historically underserved. As we emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic and implement the Blueprint for Maryland’s Future, we have a once-in-a-generation opportunity to bring real, meaningful change – and truly reimagine the education experience. 

Learn more about the active, exciting work underway that is bringing the Blueprint to life in school systems and classrooms across the State. From the English Learner Workgroup to Expert Review Teams, and from redefining meaningful indicators of poverty to expanding community school services, the Blueprint is delivering the resources needed to ensure a bright future for every child.

New! MSDE has published these Blueprint for Maryland’s Future legislatively required reports this fall: 

Mohammed Choudhury

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Welcome Back to School     Students, Families and Staff!

At the Maryland State Department of Education, we are focused on the opening of Maryland Schools for full-time, in-person instruction this fall. Our work at MSDE will continue to support local school systems as they bring students back to the classroom for a safe and successful school year. We value our students, teachers and staff and look forward to working together to make this the best school year yet!

For more information on a local school system's scheduled return date and their policies, please visit our school system directory page.


Update on Face Coverings in School Facilities

On August 26, 2021, the State Board passed a proposed emergency regulation to require masks inside all public schools in order to keep children safe and in classrooms rather than quarantine. The emergency regulation was approved on September 14, 2021.

For the approved regulation, please visit:

Covid-19 Guidance, Resources and Updates for Maryland Schools and Communitites

The Maryland State Department of Education and multiple State agencies are collaborating on and are committed to the health and safety of students and staff in the school setting. Maryland Together: Maryland's Recovery Plan for Education sets the framework to safely return schools to in-person instruction, along with guidance from the Maryland Department of Health and other partners. Schools across the State have been opening safely and effectively; all local school systems have been directed to open for in-person instruction by March 1, 2021.

Maryland School and Child Care COVID-19 Guidance (Revised October 27, 2021)PDF document Maryland School and Child Care COVID-19 Guidance

Response to a Confirmed case of COVID-19 and Persons with COVID-19 Symptoms in Schools (Revised July 23, 2021)

School Health Services Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)PDF document link to School Health Services Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Maryland Department of Health School Resources

2021 Early Fall Assessments

ARP ESSER State Plan

News Releases

Maryland State Department of Education Takes Active Measures to Prevent Illegal and Discriminatory Use of Restraint and Seclusion in Schools

Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) Announces Second Round of Child Care Stabilization Grant Applications

MSDE Conducts Search for Education Professionals to Launch School Expert Review Team- A Blueprint for Maryland’s Future Initiative

MSDE Releases Statement Addressing Local School Closures

Maryland Partners with USDA’s Direct Certification With Medicaid Pilot Project

Maryland Early Fall Assessment Data and Kindergarten Readiness Results Reflect National Trends on Learning Loss

UPDATED: Maryland State Board of Education Hosts Meeting Tuesday, December 7

Maryland State Board of Education and Maryland State Department of Education Review School Mask Regulation in Special Virtual Meeting Wednesday, December 1, 2021

Maryland State Board of Education and Maryland State Department of Education Review School Masking Requirement in Special Virtual Meeting Tuesday, November 16

Maryland State Board of Education Hosts Meeting Tuesday, October 26

Maryland State Department of Education, Office of School and Community Nutrition Programs Awarded 2021 Team Nutrition Training Grant

Maryland Recognizes National School Bus Safety Week October 18-22, 2021

Maryland State Department of Education’s Plan for ARP Funds to Support K-12 Schools and Students Approved

Baltimore County Middle School Teacher Brianna Ross Named 2021-2022 Maryland Teacher Of The Year

Parents, Families & Communities portal

Current resources, news, an​d links to help parents, families, and caregivers support Maryland’s students in K-12.

Teachers, Principals & Central Office portal

News, information, and links to resources and data to support school administrators throughout Maryland.

Partners & Recognition portal

Learn about our private and public partnerships supporting high-performing teachers, parents, and administrators.

Help Stop Fraud in Maryland State Government

The Maryland General Assembly’s Office of Legislative Audits operates a toll-free fraud hotline to receive allegations of fraud and/or abuse of State government resources. Information reported to the hotline in the past has helped to eliminate certain fraudulent activities and protect State resources.

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National Human Trafficking Hotline -- 24/7 Confidential
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For more information on human trafficking in Maryland click here.