Baltimore City Schools to expand in-person learning options
(BALTIMORE, MD) Baltimore City Public Schools will expand in-person learning options starting February 16.
Dr. Sonja Santelises, the CEO of Baltimore City Public Schools made the announcement Thursday.
Officials have seen a drastic increase in the number of students receiving failing grades.
“For the second semester, City Schools will expand optional learning to traditional and transformation school students in kindergarten through 5th grade as well as 9th-grade students and high school seniors. The program will be open to all traditional K-5 students who attend an elementary/middle school or all 9th and 12th-grade students who attend traditional and transformation high schools.
School officials are giving families the option to participate in in-person learning or remain in virtual learning.
The effort will take place in three phases:
- Kindergarten through grade 2 begins Tuesday, February 16.
- Grades 3-5 begin Monday, March 1
- 9th grade and 12th-grade start Monday, March 1
A virtual town hall about second semester in-person learning is scheduled for Thursday, January 21 at 5:30 pm.
Families will be able to join the discussion on Facebook and Twitter (@baltcityschools).
"We’ve taken a cautious, phased-in approach based on our health experts’ advice, and more than 2,000 students have benefitted with instruction that fits their needs. Since in-person learning opened on September 28, there have been no transmission cases at our in-person learning sites and one case of transmission at a meal site," says BCPS officials.
Baltimore Teachers Union released a statement in response to the reopening plan.