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Many Maryland students are still attending school virtually

January 4, 2021 GMT

Students in central Maryland will continue to attend school virtually while about half of the students in the nation will be able to go back to their school buildings.

The Baltimore Sun reported Monday that there is no clear idea of when those Maryland students might get back to in-person classes.

Few students in suburban Maryland counties have been back inside a school during the pandemic. Experts say the reasons why include politics, union opposition and the failure of federal and state leaders to set clear guidelines as the pandemic began.

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Meanwhile, a contingent of some parents are furious that schools aren’t open. And they say they’ve sent emails and letters, and held protests with no success.

Maryland’s governor and state superintendent have advocated for schools to reopen. But they have stopped short of ordering schools to open because they say that it is up to local school boards and superintendents.