Wednesday, October 14, 2020
Anne Kramer, WBAL NewsRadio 1090 and FM 101.5
The Baltimore County school board met until 1:30 a.m. this morning, attempting to determine when and how to have students return to hybrid and in-person learning.
The school system has three workgroups who are discussing a return to the classroom. Included in those groups are the teachers union, professional staff union, union representing principals, community members, students’ parents and health officials in the county.
The school system says it has received more than 600 emails as of Oct. 11 about reopening schools. The feedback has been mixed according to school officials — many requests to reopen/stay closed, more students/fewer students, many emails from parents of students at separate day schools
Superintendent Darryl Williams says more meetings are to come regarding gradually returning students to the classroom. He also said that later this week some additional information would be released.
Parents and teachers asked that more documents be released around the possible returning scenarios. The design group is broken up into instructional delivery, facilities organization and communication saturation group to better inform the public.
Baltimore County Public Schools is now supporting the proposal from several area school systems to the state superintendent to consider starting competitive athletics in December. The state superintendent and governor allowed high school sports to resume last week, but many did not take advantage of that timeline, citing concerns about safety from spreading the coronavirus. So far, no decision from Superintendent Karen Salmon on the proposal.
I’m reporting live from @BaltCoPS HQ’s in #Towson w/ @C4Show & @BryanNehman on @wbalradio after a marathon virtual school board meeting that lasted into wee hours of the morning after protest by @TABCOEDUCATORS School board did not make any decisions on plans to re-open schools pic.twitter.com/Zma8osaO1i
— Scott Wykoff (@ScottWykoffWBAL) October 14, 2020