BALTIMORE, Md. (WJZ)– For the first time ever, students in central Maryland are starting the year online.
There will be no bells ringing and no lockers slamming as the new school year begins in Baltimore City as well as Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Carroll, Harford and Howard counties.
— Baltimore City Public Schools (@BaltCitySchools) September 8, 2020
On average, students will get three-and-a-half hours of online learning instruction per-day.
In March, Gov. Larry Hogan issued an executive order, closing schools to in-person learning because of the high numbers of COVID-19 infections.
However, last month, he authorized schools to open in person, citing improving COVID-19 metrics.
As some students logged on Tuesday morning, however, they were met with technical difficulties.
The Schoology platform in Frederick County was giving some students problems, with Frederick County Public Schools working on the issue Tuesday afternoon.
In Howard County, their public school system confirmed while there were no outages, their authentication system did experience heavy load Tuesday morning, causing users to experience slow login times, which may have caused issues for students.
“The HCPSS authentication system experienced heavy load this morning causing users to experience slow login times, which may have caused some access issues for students, however, our technology department has confirmed that there were no system outages. Many families also needed direct support to reset passwords or connect their devices to the internet.
Important to note that students who were unable