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


The status of school openings, both K-12 and higher education, has tremendous influence on the economy in the region, impacting student learning and training opportunities and affecting employee availability. The GBC has compiled information from the region’s public school systems, community colleges, and public and private higher education institutions regarding their pandemic re-opening plans.

This guide will be updated frequently, so check back for the latest information.

Greater Baltimore Public Schools: K-12

According to state guidelines, each school system has until August 14 to post its plans.

Anne Arundel County Public Schools

  • Instruction for all students is currently occurring online.
  • Some special needs students and students attending career and technology programs at CAT-North are attending class in person for limited periods of time.
  • On October 8, the Board of Education adopted a plan to begin an optional hybrid schedule for elementary students beginning November 16.
  • Teachers will be required to return to the classroom on November 2.
  • Plans are still being developed to bring middle school and high school students back to the school building.
  • See the up-to-date plans here.

Baltimore City Public Schools

  • The system will begin the school year virtually, and delay the start of in-person teaching until later in the fall.
  • At the beginning of the 2nd marking period in November, pre-kindergarten, kindergarten and special education students will return.
  • The district also plans to welcome back students who are experiencing homelessness and students who have missed at least 20% of their online lessons.
  • The school system is also asking sixth and ninth graders — students transitioning to new middle and high schools — to return, in addition to students in career technology studies.
  • See the up-to-date plans here.

Baltimore County Public Schools

  • Instruction for all students is currently occurring online.
  • Four schools for children with disabilities are scheduled to open for students on November 16.
  • Teachers will return to the schools on November 2.
  • BCPS is still considering a timetable for the return of students in pre-kindergarten and kindergarten.

Carroll County Public Schools

  • Instruction for all students is currently occurring using the Enhanced Virtual Learning Mode.
  • The Board of Education voted on September 23 to move forward with a hybrid model, bringing teachers back on October 5 and students on October 19.
  • See the up-to-date plans here.

Harford County Public Schools

  • Harford County Public Schools has released a plan to bring back limited small groups to school beginning October 19. All students would return to school for one day a week by November 16. Plans would gradually expand to two days a week for all students.
  • The school system will provide Chromebook computers to kindergartners through eighth graders and Windows laptops to ninth through 12th graders who are learning from home.
  • Windows laptops also will be provided to teachers.
  • See the up-to-date plans here.

Howard County Public Schools

  • School will start two weeks later, on September 8, instead of August 25.
  • All public school students will take all of their classes online through at least through the end of January.
  • See the up-to-date plans here.

Other Maryland County Schools: K-12 

Montgomery County Public Schools

  • Montgomery County Public Schools has updated its plan and now intends to remain in a virtual-only instructional model through the first semester — January 29, 2021.
  • See the up-to-date plans here.

Prince George’s County Public Schools

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Higher Education

Community Colleges

Anne Arundel Community College

  • Remote for 1st semester
  • See the complete, up-to-date plans here.

Baltimore City Community College 

  • All classes and student support services will be held remotely through end of the fall semester.
  • Access to all campus buildings is restricted.
  • See the up-to-date plans here.

Community College of Baltimore County

  • Beginning August 1 – Face-to-face classes will be offered, but with the appropriate social distancing restrictions. Most on-campus services will be available.
  • See the up-to-date plans here.

Carroll Community College

  • Hybrid model for fall, with in-person classes for courses such as Allied Health and Technology
  • See the complete, up-to-date plans here.

Harford Community College

  • Remote for 1st semester, with the exception of some courses with a clinical, lab or hands-on learning component
  • See the complete, up-to-date plans  here.

Howard Community College

A blended learning model will include:

  • Hybrid (learn both in person and online)
  • Scheduled remote (meet at designated times in an online classroom)
  • Flexible online (study on your own time)
  • See the complete, up-to-date plans here.

Higher Education: Public 4-Year Colleges and Universities

University of Baltimore

  • UB will run predominantly online for the fall semester, with some classes conducted in a hybrid fashion in order to ensure a quality experience for our students.
  • Issues relating to compliance with ABA standards in the School of Law and their impact on the UB plan remain under discussion.
  • See the up-to-date plans here.

University of Maryland Baltimore

  • Planning to deliver lectures across all schools and programs virtually for the fall semester.
  • Interactive learning may be via remote instruction or, in some cases, where there has been prior approval and review of COVID-19 safety protocols, in-person.
  • The types of in-person interactive classes vary by school but may include non-lecture classes associated with experiential learning, simulations, practice classes, seminars or discussion sections with sensitive topics that may be difficult to hold online, Socratic classes in the law school, and select others.
  • See the up-to-date plans  here.


  • Most courses will continue to meet fully online during the fall semester.
  • Following the Thanksgiving break, all classes will continue online only and residence halls will be closed.
  • Approximately 10 percent of courses will meet either in person on campus or in a hybrid format consisting of a combination of some in-person meetings and online delivery.
  • Reduced residential capacity
  • See the up-to-date plans  here.

Coppin State University

  • Most courses offered through virtual modality — online synchronous and asynchronous (this means many courses will be available on line and in-person at the same time).
  • Most laboratory courses and demonstration courses offered through face-to-face modality on campus.
  • To support incoming students and to position them for success, select general education courses through face-to-face modality on campus will also be offered.
  • Reduce by 50% the number of students accommodated in the residence halls
  • See the up-to-date plans  here.

Morgan State University

  • Fall semester courses will be online only.
  • The campus will remain open with limited operations, and some campus housing will be made available to select students of predetermined priority groups and/or those facing extenuating circumstances.
  • See the up-to-date plans here.

Towson University

  • Fall semester will be conducted online, with minimal exceptions to allow continued face-to-face instruction and research in the College of Health Professions, Fisher College of Science & Mathematics and the College of Fine Arts and Communication as well as some graduate programs.
  • Residential students will be moved out of residence halls and continue their classes remotely. Refunds will be promptly issued to residential students who have already paid for housing and dining plans for the fall term.
  • Residence hall housing will be provided for a limited number of international students and others with significant hardships and circumstances.
  • See the up-to-date plans here.

Higher Education: Private 4-Year Colleges and Universities

Goucher College

  • Compressed fall schedule – semester ends by Thanksgiving
  • Goucher will conduct all undergraduate and graduate classes online for the Fall 2020 semester.
  • Students will not be returning to campus for the Fall 2020 semester.
  • See the complete, up-to-date plans here.

Johns Hopkins University

  • All courses will be conducted virtually and online. Only research that can be conducted online will continue.
  • Students are discouraged from returning to campus, but limited dormitory space will be available.
  • See the complete, up-to-date plans here.

Loyola University Maryland

  • Fall 2020 courses will be online only for undergraduates and for many graduate programs.
  • Reduced capacity for residential dorm assignments and refunds will be provided for students who choose to move home within the first three weeks of the semester.
  • See the complete, up-to-date plans here.


  • Fall 2020 semester will be delivered in online mode and the physical campus will remain closed.
  • Students who have a significant housing-related hardship can request permission to stay on-campus this fall in limited numbers. Such residential students will also attend courses online.
  • See the complete, up-to-date plans here.

McDaniel College

  • Graduate instruction will be online only.
  • Undergraduate – compressed schedule – fall semester will end by Thanksgiving.
  • Blended model – in-person, hybrid and fully online courses
  • Reduced capacity in dorms, no triples or quads
  • January Term courses will be offered online only.
  • New Spring semester dates: February 1 through May 15 with spring break eliminated.
  • Spring courses will continue to be offered in a blended model – in-person, hybrid and fully online courses.
  • See the complete, up-to-date plans here.

Notre Dame Maryland University

  • Fall Semester will be conducted virtually.
  • Residence halls will not be open. Refunds will be provided automatically to those who have already paid.
  • See the complete, up-to-date plans here.

St. John’s College

  • Fall Semester will be conducted fully online.
  • Students will not return to campus. Exceptions will be made for new international students.
  • See the complete, up-to-date plans here.

Stevenson University

  • Classes and co-curricular activities will be online for at least the first two weeks of the semester.
  • Move-in to the Residence Halls will stop as of 6 p.m. Aug. 27.
  • Students who are currently in the Residence Halls will be asked to return to their homes if feasible, and the Office of Student Affairs will be in touch with students regarding the move out process. An exception process is being established for students who need to remain in the Residence Halls for academic or hardship reasons.
  • 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