During a Tuesday morning meeting, the Wicomico County Board of Education voted unanimously to start the 2020-2021 school year completely virtually.
This decision means that the entire first semester will be virtual with some options for small focused groups of students to get limited in-person instruction later this fall. Those groups may include those needing special support services or those engaged in a hands-on CTE program.
Beginning on Wednesday, July 29th, schools will start to contact families to assess technology needs. Officials say CARES funding will allow every single student to receive a laptop. Laptops will be distributed at schools to those needing them between August 31st and September 3rd.
The Wicomico County Board of Education will have a meeting on August 11th where additional details on the plan will be shared. The detailed Recovery Plan will be posted to WCBOE’s website on August 14th.
On August 17th, online tutorials will begin for parents and guardians who would like support in helping students on virtual platforms. Then on August 21st, schools will mail welcome letters with additional information for students and parents. Teachers will return on August 26th to work on engaging in virtual planning and professional development.
The 2020-2021 school year will begin for students on Tuesday, September 8th.
More information will be added to this article as it becomes available.