Maryland educators calling to make fall semester entirely virtual

MARYLAND – Some Maryland education representatives are calling to make the fall school semester entirely virtual.

The Maryland State Education Association, Maryland PTA and the Baltimore Teachers Union made the announcement on Tuesday. They say there are too many variables for schools to consider right now. They believe it would be best to chose the safest plan for the fall so schools can focus on one plan.

They’re asking Governor Larry Hogan and State School Superintendent Karen Salmon to support this plan of action.

“When districts can have a laser focus on one model, they can better concentrate their resources and work with educators and stakeholders to be successful with virtual learning for all students. This reopening model would allow districts to resolve the inequities of the digital divide that were laid bare this spring,” says Cheryl Bost, the president of the Maryland State Education Association.

According to the release, “Exceptions to this should be possible only in districts with the very lowest levels of infection and community spread, and with the strong educator and family support necessary in those jurisdictions. Provided they are able to do so at the highest levels of safety, districts should explore whether a limited hybrid model with very small groups of students is feasible with limited student populations for whom equity concerns around extended virtual learning are greatest. Educators who feel comfortable working with these students or working in school buildings should be able to do so.”

47 ABC reached out to Governor Larry Hogan’s office for comment on this and were referred to an interview the Governor did on Monday where he says, “We’re not going to be rushed into this. We’re going to come up with a plan that is probably going to be a hybrid.”

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