Starting Monday, all instruction from Frederick County Public Schools will be virtual.
The announcement this weekend brings to an end all small group instruction and winter sports practices due to COVID-19 metrics, according to a news release from FCPS.
“Teachers may still use their classrooms to provide instruction,” according to the release. “Staff may access buildings as needed. Telework is encouraged if possible. Students who need the internet to access remote classes will still be permitted in school buildings.”
COVID-19 numbers have increased in both the county and state over the last week. In Frederick County, the positivity rate is over 11 percent and more than 200 additional cases of COVID-19 were reported between Saturday and Sunday.
The metrics will also impact the implementation of the FCPS hybrid model. Updates on the model are expected later in the week.
FCPS started the first semester of the school year in full virtual mode on Aug. 31 and there has been much back and forth about how and when to send students back to school safely over the past several months.
The hybrid model, which would entail groups of students attending school in-person on different days, was set to begin at the start of the second semester on Jan. 28.
On Dec. 23, FCPS pushed the scheduled start of its winter sports season from Jan. 4 to Jan. 19, if health metrics allowed.
FCPS spokespeople were unavailable for further comment on Sunday.