Dundalk High School

This article has been updated.

Dundalk High School students are not returning to in-person classes this week because of a risk of high COVID-19 transmission, Baltimore County Public Schools announced Sunday evening.

The school joins 11 other county schools which went to fully virtual instruction for the week after winter break due to COVID-19, as well as several partially closed schools, including Edgemere and Logan elementary schools, where the Pre-K programs also went fully virtual this week.

Sollers Point Technical High School, which shares a building with Dundalk High School, will still be operating for in-person classes this week unless it's later declared to go virtual, county schools spokesperson Charles Herndon said on Monday afternoon.

While the public school system announced last week that students would go back into public schools for in-person classes after winter break ends amid a massive surge of COVID-19 cases driven by the omicron variant of the virus, certain schools will temporarily go virtual if county and state officials determine the risk is too high.

For Dundalk High, that means Tuesday and Wednesday will be teacher planning days, and students will learn on Google Meet on Thursday and Friday. Students who didn't bring their devices home from school before winter break are able to pick them up from the high school from 9 a.m. to noon on Tuesday, Jan. 4.

The school system and health officials are making schools go virtual based on the number of staff and students testing positive or in quarantine, the number of staffing vacancies, special programs and additional information, according to the school system.

Throughout the county, all schools were closed Monday due to snow.

All school sports and other extracurricular activities during the first week back from the winter break are being postponed countywide, Superintendent Darryl L. Williams wrote in his Dec. 30 letter, so schools can ramp up weekly COVID-19 testing for students who are not vaccinated against the virus.

The school system is also attempting to set up school-based vaccination clinics, and getting outfitted with masks and tests for schools with outbreaks from the virus.