On March 25, during Gov. Larry Hogan’s coronavirus update, State School Superintendent Karen Salmon announced that schools will be closed at least through April 24, switching to distance and digital learning modes.
Baltimore County elementary school teacher and Maryland State Education Association (MSEA) President Cheryl Bost released the following statement:
“This is a tough decision, but the right call for the safety of our students, educators, and state. The months ahead will be challenging, and we will work to make the best of them. It’s heartbreaking to know that so many children will miss out on field trips, art projects, athletics, performances, and the everyday enjoyment of being with friends and learning new things together. We know that virtual learning is less beneficial for students than in-person learning, and we need to do all we can to address equity issues for students without access to technology and for students entitled to special education services. We must make sure that food insecure children receive meals and that all school employees, including hourly employees, continue to receive their pay so that they can support their families. Educators have stepped up since the first day schools were closed and will continue to do all we can to support our students as we work together to overcome this crisis.”