Annapolis, MD ( Arundel.news & AAFA) - Anne Arundel County Public Schools could soon see a new plan for bringing more students back into school buildings this spring. The Board Of Education will hold a special session to discuss newly issued CDC distancing guidelines, reducing the physical distance students should maintain. Previous guidance from the CDC advised schools to keep students 6 feet apart. Last week the CDC relaxed that distance rule to 3 feet, as long as everyone wears masks. Two exceptions to the 3 feet rules apply when students eat lunch and when they interact with adults. According to AACPS, students would be required to stay 6 feet apart when eating and to maintain the same distance from adults at all times. Additional guidelines were given for middle and high schoolers in high transmission areas:
"middle and high school students to be at least 3 feet apart in classrooms where everyone is masked and where transmission is low, moderate, or substantial, but at least 6 feet apart in classrooms where everyone is masked and where transmission is high if cohorting is not possible. The CDC defines cohorting as “when groups of students are kept together with the same peers and staff throughout the school day to reduce the risk for spread throughout the school.”
The release issued by AACPS on 3/26 says increased bus capacity was not included in the new CDC rules, therefore more riders will not be added to current bus routes.
Board members will discuss these issues during their special session on March 30th at 4 P.M. That meeting can be viewed on the AACPS YouTube channel. While they will not hear live testimony from the public, board members will accept written statements of 250 words or less prior to the meeting. Those statements can be submitted by following this link. Submissions will only be accepted until noon on Monday March 29th. Comments can also be dropped off in writing at the Parham Building, located at 2644 Riva Road in Annapolis, before noon on March 29th.