The health and safety of our students and staff is our primary focus. We will rely on the guidance provided by the CDC and our local Health Department to make sure students and staff are safe when entering school buildings. 

COVID-19 Data

St. Mary's County Public Schools continues to track state-wide, regional, and school system data related to COVID-19 and the SMCPS Recovery Plan. This page provides data related to confirmed COVID-19 cases.

SMCPS COVID-19 Data Dashboard: State-wide and Regional Data

COVID-19 Process For Student Return

Covid Response Processes

The following documents explain the processes involved in responding to potential or confirmed COVID-19 cases.

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SMCPS COVID 19 Process for Staff & Students

COVID Response for Students

COVID Response Staff

Health and Safety Protocols

When students return to school, protocols for health and safety include:

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Hand Washing

Promoting frequent hand washing throughout the day, especially before and after meals.

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Physical Distancing

Emphasizing increased spacing in the building and in classrooms with fewer students in spaces, and reducing the number of students/staff congregating as appropriate.

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Cleaning and disinfecting facilities, buses, with an emphasis on frequently touched areas.

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Face Coverings

Wearing masks during the school day and on buses.

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Hand Sanitizer

Providing hand sanitizer and hand sanitizing stations, as appropriate, with at building entrances and in classrooms and shared spaces.

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Providing ongoing training on COVID-19 prevention practices, including social distancing and face-covering use. Signage and ongoing communication will supplement and reinforce training.

Collaboration with Health Department

SMCPS will coordinate its response with the local Health Department. Exclusion, quarantine and return to school for a person with confirmed COVID-19 or persons with COVID-19 symptoms is based on CDC and Maryland Department of Health/Maryland State Department of Education guidance and is to be implemented by local school systems in collaboration with the local Health Department.

Additional Resources

COVID-19 Guidance for Maryland Schools May 2021

Response to a Confirmed Case of COVID-19 and Persons with COVID-19 Symptoms in Schools May 2021