School systems throughout Maryland, Virginia and the nation’s capital adopted online learning in spring of 2020. Fairfax County Public Schools will no longer offer its virtual program after the end of this school year. Prince William County will offer only 1,000 seats in an online learning program for K-8 students next year. Arlington Public Schools, with about 27,000 students, also decided to end its virtual offerings after this year. The school systems in Alexandria and Loudoun, however, both plan to continue offering online learning next year, but both will be capped at low numbers. A recent McKinsey and Company study found children, on average, fell behind four months in both mathematics and reading during remote schooling during remote schools. In-person instruction should return to pre-pandemic criteria
Prince George’s County Public Schools will offer a full-time online academy for seventh to 12th-graders next year. D.C. public school system offers a virtual academy for students who meet certain medical requirements.