State Announces Recovery Plan for Schools

Baltimore County Public Schools announced last week that all classes will operate remotely until Jan. 29.

There is still uncertainty on how this school year will be conducted but Maryland State Superintendent Dr. Karen Salmon provided some clarity at Tuesday’s state of Maryland Board of Education meeting.
Salmon announced the Recovery Plan Stakeholder Committee’s guiding principles for reopening plan.

Some of those guidelines include requiring attendance in all classes and assigning grades to students.

All BCPS grades were pass/fail in the third and fourth quarters and there were reports that some online classes did not take attendance. Here is a full list of the state’s guidelines:

• Equity is the underlying basic principle.
• Ensure safe learning and working environments for students and staff.
• Consider family choice in student learning format.
• Ensure that all students receive instruction that meets state standards and has the
necessary supports for success including:
o Access to technology and connectivity.
o Socio-emotional wellness and health supports.
o Additional supports to meet needs of special populations.
• All school operating scenarios will ensure consistent implementation of instructional schedules that provide significantly more synchronous student-teacher interactions via a
reliable, safe, and secure virtual learning platform.
• Provide training, time, support, and flexibility necessary for staff to prepare for a successful school year.
• Provide proactive, clear communication to all families, staff, and stakeholders.
• Attendance will be required in all school operating scenarios.
• Grading will be required in all school operating scenarios