COVID-19 Resources: Baltimore Region’s School Opening Plans

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The status of school openings throughout the pandemic, in both K-12 and higher education, has had a tremendous influence on the economy in the Greater Baltimore region, impacting student learning and training opportunities and affecting employee availability.

While most schools have signaled that they will be open for in-person learning this fall, there are varying specifications for mask usage or vaccine requirements. In addition, some K-12 systems have decided to maintain a virtual school option for families who prefer it.

The GBC has compiled information from the region’s public school systems, community colleges, and public and private higher education institutions regarding these details.

This guide will be updated as information becomes available, so please continue to check back.

Updated: July 23, 2021


Greater Baltimore Public Schools: K-12

Anne Arundel County Public Schools

  • Fall information not yet released.
  • See the up-to-date plans here.

Baltimore City Public Schools

  • Schools will be open for all students in fall 2021.
  • See the up-to-date plans here.

Baltimore County Public Schools

  • Full-time, in-person school will resume August 30.
  • All students, staff and visitors in schools will be required to wear face masks for the fall semester.
  • The full-time Virtual Learning Program is still available for all students K-12.
  • See the up-to-date plans here.

Carroll County Public Schools

  • Tentative plans include a hybrid instruction schedule with an estimated 50% of student attendance.
  • Virtual option available for any student that does not wish to attend in-person instruction.
  • Bus transportation plans for one child per seat on the bus without masks.
  • See the up-to-date plans here.

Harford County Public Schools

  • Schools, offices, transportation, and food and nutrition services operational for all.
  • Masks are optional on HCPS property, but required on buses.
  • Fall operational status is still under review.
  • See the up-to-date plans here.

Howard County Public Schools

  • The Superintendent and BOE members have stated their commitment to return to five-day, in-person learning with full-time virtual options for students entering grades K-6.
  • See the up-to-date plans here.

Other Maryland County Schools: K-12 

Montgomery County Public Schools

  • Full-time, in-person learning available to all students.
  • Virtual Academy will be optional for students unable to return.
  • See the up-to-date plans here.

Prince George’s County Public Schools

  • Full-time, in-person learning available to all students (Pre-K-12)
  • Virtual learning available by application, K-6 grade; program will be discontinued once vaccine is available for students in these grade levels.
  • “Online Campus” available for 700 students grades 7-12 with a combination of both asynchronous and synchronous instruction.
  • See the up-to-date plans here.

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Higher Education: Community Colleges

Anne Arundel Community College

  • Hybrid, in-person and virtual courses offered for the fall semester.
  • Indoor face coverings are optional for those fully vaccinated.
  • See the complete, up-to-date plans here.

Baltimore City Community College 

  • All classes and services will continue remotely for the fall semester as of July 6, 2021.
  • See the up-to-date plans here.

Community College of Baltimore County

  • Campus remains open.
  • COVID-19 screening measures in place, face coverings are required for all indoor spaces, but are no longer required outdoors.
  • See the up-to-date plans here.

Carroll Community College

  • Fully vaccinated students, faculty and staff are not required to wear masks or social distance.
  • See the complete, up-to-date plans here.

Harford Community College

  • As of July 1, 2021, COVID-19 distancing and masking policies are discontinued.
  • See the complete, up-to-date plans here.

Howard Community College

  • Transition to fall operations began June 2, 2021.
  • Face coverings are required indoors on campus.
  • See the complete, up-to-date plans here.

Higher Education: Public 4-Year Colleges and Universities

All University System of Maryland schools will require vaccination for the fall semester.

Coppin State University

  • Vaccine confirmation must be submitted no later than August 13, 2021.
  • See the up-to-date plans here.

Morgan State University

  • Students must continue to wear a mask while indoors, and campus visitors must wear a mask at all times.
  • Operations will resume at full capacity in the fall 2021 semester as of July 8, 2021.
  • See the up-to-date plans here.

Towson University

  • Face coverings are not required most places on campus for those fully vaccinated.
  • Campus guests are not required to be vaccinated, but those who are unvaccinated must wear a mask.
  • See the up-to-date plans here.

University of Baltimore

  • Staged reopening will begin late July/early August.
  • Community members must show proof of vaccination prior to arrival on campus or receive exemption.
  • See the up-to-date plans here.

University of Maryland Baltimore

  • Students, faculty and staff are expected to be fully vaccinated effective August 16, 2021.
  • Face coverings are required in clinical areas on campus.
  • See the up-to-date plans here.

UMBC

  • UMBC fully expects to continue mask-wearing, symptom-tracking and testing.
  • Significant increases to in-person instruction with online options provided as appropriate.
  • See the up-to-date plans here.

University of Maryland, College Park

  • University operations will resume full operations for the fall 2021 semester.
  • Capacity limits and physical distancing restrictions have been lifted, except for campus healthcare facilities.
  • Students, faculty and staff must be fully vaccinated by August 2, 2021.
  • No mask requirement for those who are fully vaccinated.
  • See the up-to-date plans here.

Higher Education: Private 4-Year Colleges and Universities

Goucher College

  • All students will be welcomed back to campus in the fall.
  • Vaccination requirement in place for all eligible students — proof of immunization required.
  • On campus, face coverings will be required.
  • See the complete, up-to-date plans here.

Johns Hopkins University

  • Vaccination required for all eligible faculty, staff, postdoc students, undergraduate and graduate students with proof of vaccination submission required.
  • Once-weekly testing for residential undergrads.
  • Classes and indoor events with fewer than 50 people permitted; guests are allowed on campus.
  • See the complete, up-to-date plans here.

Loyola University Maryland

  • Outdoor mask requirement has been lifted and full vaccination is required by August 1, 2021.
  • See the complete, up-to-date plans here.

MICA

  • Spring 2021 continues in an online remote form while allowing in-person field-based activities.
  • A limited number of residence hall spaces are available.
  • The school is looking toward spring 2022 for a full reopening.
  • See the complete, up-to-date plans here.

McDaniel College

  • Full vaccination is required.
  • See the complete, up-to-date plans here.

Notre Dame Maryland University

  • Vaccination requirement for all eligible students announced, including an influenza vaccination by November 1, 2021.
  • See the complete, up-to-date plans here.

St. John’s College

  • Students have been welcomed back for the fall semester.
  • Indoor face coverings are required in all common areas; physical distancing requirements still in place.
  • See the complete, up-to-date plans here.

Stevenson University

  • A full return to campus life is planned for fall 2021.
  • See the complete, up-to-date plans here.

Also see:


COVID-19: GBC Coverage and Response

Special Update on State and Federal Legislation Related to COVID-19

Coverage of GBC Member companies’ philanthropic responses to COVID-19

News Coverage of GBC COVID-19 Events