By: Suzanne Copeland, Staff Writer

Leonardtown, MD(Virtual)- On Wednesday, June 24, 2020, at 4 p.m., the St. Mary’s County Public School Board of Education held the county’s first virtual town hall meeting to inform the public of the county’s educational plan to ensure a safe return for students and staff in the fall.

According to the county superintendent, Dr. Scott Smith, all school systems must post a recovery plan to their local website by, August 14, 2020. There are 13 requirements that must be met in order to open the schools during Phase 2 and Phase 3 of Maryland’s Roadmap to Recovery. Schools were closed throughout the state on March 15, 2020, after the highly contagious outbreak of the Novel Coronavirus, or COVID19. During the current phase of the Roadmap to Recovery, schools may have some in-person school activities that are in accordance with the Governor’s gating and social distancing measures. The state of Maryland entered Phase 2 in the earlier part of June.

Smith also stated that these plans need to ensure that each and every child has access to high-speed internet and devices to access the new learning platform “Schoology” purchased by the Board of Education earlier this month. Additionally, they must also figure out a way to transport students safely to and from school that also aligns with the Governors requirements of the Maryland Roadmap to Recovery.

Due to the extensive measures that must be taken to ensure the safe return of all students and staff, the Southern Maryland Chronicle will be bringing you all of the information from the town hall meeting over the next several days, including the thirteen requirements that must be met in order to reopen and the school systems plan to form stakeholder groups.

Suzanne Copeland

I am a former breaking news reporter and journalist from, where I served 5 years covering all of Southern Maryland's breaking news. I did all of this while raising a family consisting of...