Tuesday, November 10, 2020
Tyler Waldman, WBAL NewsRadio 1090 and FM 101.5
Baltimore City school officials are scaling back plans to reopen dozens of schools.
At Tuesday afternoon’s school board meeting, CEO Sonja Santelises announced the district will reopen 25 schools instead of the 44 initially approved by the board, WBAL-TV 11 reports.
The district will also begin conducting on-site coronavirus testing at schools and launched a web-based dashboard for school-based cases.
On Monday, the district reopened four day schools for students with disabilities.
“At the end of the day, we know it’s still not safe,” said Joe Kane, chairman of the Baltimore City Parent Community Advisory Board. “When we think about what next steps to take, it should be made with the mindset of letting the data inform our decisions, and right now, the data is indicating that we should not be entering those spaces.”
From the start, the Baltimore City Teachers Union has called on the district to halt school reopening plans while coronavirus rates continued to climb.
“The city school system has not taken the precautions we see in other districts to make schools as safe as possible for students, and we have no faith that current BCPSS plans are in the best interest of our students,” union President Diamont’e Brown said in a statement.