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

School reopening

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: Sept. 14, 2021


Greater Baltimore Public Schools: K-12

On September 14, the Maryland State Board of Education passed a mask mandate requiring all Maryland public school students and staff to wear masks in school buildings.

Anne Arundel County Public Schools

  • Except for students enrolled in Virtual Academy, instruction will be held face-to-face five days per week in classrooms.
  • 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.
  • 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

  • Full in-person learning has resumed for fall 2021.
  • Due to low interest, no virtual option is available.
  • See the up-to-date plans here.

Harford County Public Schools

  • Full in-person learning has resumed for fall 2021.
  • See the up-to-date plans here.

Howard County Public Schools

  • Full in-person learning has resumed for fall 2021.
  • All employees in the system must provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination before the start of the fall semester or submit to weekly testing.
  • See the up-to-date plans here.

Other Maryland County Schools: K-12 

Montgomery County Public Schools

  • Full-time, in-person learning has resumed for fall 2021.
  • 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 resumes for fall 2021.
  • 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.
  • Masks will be required indoors at all AACC facilities regardless of vaccination status.
  • All AACC students will be required to attest to being fully vaccinated or tested weekly for COVID-19 if they are taking in-person classes or using in-person services.
  • All AACC employees will be required to be fully vaccinated or tested weekly for COVID-19 prior to reporting to work on campus.
  • 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

  • All people over the age of 2, regardless of vaccination status, are required to wear a mask indoors and in crowded outdoor settings.
  • See the complete, up-to-date plans here.

Harford Community College

  • An appropriate face covering must be worn while indoors.
  • Everyone must maintain 3-foot social distancing.
  • 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 and Morgan State University will require vaccination for the fall semester.

Coppin State University

  • Vaccine confirmation must be submitted no later than August 13, 2021.
  • Masks are required indoors.
  • 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

  • Masks will be required in all buildings, except when alone in private spaces or while eating or drinking.
  • 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

  • Campus is fully reopened as of August 2, 2021.
  • 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 all indoor spaces on campus.
  • See the up-to-date plans here.

UMBC

  • Masks are required in all indoor spaces.
  • 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.
  • Wearing a mask indoors is required for everyone, regardless of vaccination status.
  • 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.
  • JHU has reinstated its mandate that all individuals, regardless of vaccination status, wear masks indoors, effective August 5.
  • Unvaccinated campus guests will be required to wear face-coverings while on the property.
  • 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

  • All students attending classes in-person, as well as all faculty and staff will be required to get vaccinated for COVID-19.
  • Indoor masking remains mandatory.
  • 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.
  • In alignment with Baltimore City mandate, masks are required in all indoor spaces.
  • 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

  • Fall 2021 brings a full return to campus life.
  • Face coverings to be worn at all times indoors on campus, except when alone in a room or office, and outdoors on campus at all times when within 6 feet of other individuals.
  • All new and returning students are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 before returning to campus for the 2021-2022 academic year.
  • 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