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Washington County Public Schools will open first all-online school

Washington County Public Schools will open its first online-only school this fall.

The Academy of Blended Learning Education (ABLE) will be based at the former Funkstown Elementary School and is open to all students kindergarten through 12th grade who thrived, enjoyed and did well with online teaching during the COVID-19 pandemic, school system officials said.

Applications from interested families are being accepted through Thursday, June 17.

First-grader Garrett McVay, listening to a Washington County Public Schools virtual learning session while at Ritchey's Totlot Child Care Center in Leitersburg.

“Students will get their education online with live teachers,” said Robert Stike, the principal of the ABLE school. “It will be a mix of live and assigned work. It’s a real benefit for those students who thrived through distance learning, and really enjoyed learning in this manner.

“It’s for those students not ready to go back to live learning in the classroom,” said Stike, the former assistant principal at Smithsburg High School. “More independent students that are maybe more comfortable learning in a home setting. They might have health issues and they feel more comfortable staying home.”