Baltimore City Schools plan to expand in-person student learning
Posted by Associated Press on 14th October 2020
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Baltimore City Public Schools announced plans on Wednesday to expand in-person learning opportunities for some students.While most students will continue learning virtually through November, the system is expected to open 25 schools for groups of early or young learners, students with disabilities, English learners, and homeless students.The city has already opened Student Learning Centers for those having trouble with online learning, and were able to pull off in-person learning for about 200 students over the summer.Despite the latest reopening efforts, the system says families will have the choice on whether to send their child to school or continue E-Learning.Principals at the 25 schools will be in contact with families over the phone or email to go over future plans.The system says it’s ultimate goal is to expand in-person learning opportunities at all schools for additional groups of students at the start of the second semester.In a letter sent home to parents, the school system explained their reasoning behind the decision.”At City Schools, our students benefit most when they are in the classroom with teachers who care about them. That is particularly true for high-needs groups like early or young learners, students with disabilities, English learners, homeless students, and students who cannot participate consistently in virtual classes for various reasons. And there are other groups like our CTE students who cannot get the hands-on learning they need outside of the classroom. For these reasons, we will make additional in-person opportunities available to more families who want them.”A survey will be circulated in November for parents to provide feedback. You can also email reopening@bcps.k12.md.us.On Thursday, the system will hold a special town hall at 5:45 p.m. on the district’s social media platforms.

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