“Those are local school board decisions as to how they open, when they open. It’s up to them to decide how they’re going to do all kinds of things,” he said.
But some school administrators say the open-ended guidance is either too vague or sometimes conflicting.
Montgomery County Commissioner Val Arkoosh noted those school administrators are in a tough spot, not only trying to figure out how to provide education, but also making sure students have access to a nurse, or screening for possible abuse, or making sure vulnerable staff have options to stay safe.
“All of this is coming together in a very, very complicated situation,” she said.
Arkoosh said she and the county’s Office of Public Health have met with many districts and continue to offer their help.