A message from Superintendent Mohammed Choudhury:

Welcome back to school Maryland students, families, staff and community stakeholders.

As the 2021-2022 school year begins, I want to emphasize that the Maryland State Department of Education recognizes the value of fulltime in-person learning and how critical it is to ensure equity and excellence for all students, especially those who have been historically underserved. Our goal at MSDE is to keep schools safe and open. We are counting on your partnership to ensure we can. MSDE together with the Maryland Department of Health has published the school and child care COVID-19 guidance with the focus on layered public health strategies in alignment with the CDC. By providing this guidance, we are urging local school systems to do everything they can to keep our schools safe for every student and staff member.

This school year, we’re looking forward to a more normal school experience.  But note, I say “more,” because we know that normal was not good enough.  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. And we will get it right, whatever it takes.

Thank you for your commitment to Maryland education. We will return – stronger, and better together.

Have a wonderful, safe and happy school year.

Best regards,

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  Aug.13, 2021) 

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)

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