Governor Hogan Prohibits Blanket School Closures Due to COVID-19

Maryland Governor Larry Hogan has issued an amended emergency order that ensures that local schools and school systems “retain the primary authority to initially determine when to safely reopen their facilities for in-person instruction based on public health guidance.”

In a statement, the Governor said “The recovery plan for Maryland public schools stresses local flexibility within the parameters set by state officials. Over the last several weeks, school boards and superintendents made their own decisions about how and when to reopen public schools, after consultation with state and local health officials.

The Governor continued “Private and parochial schools deserve the same opportunity and flexibility to make reopening decisions based on public health guidelines.”