MD Board of Education puts new virtual learning requirement in place
MARYLAND – The Maryland State Education Association is responding to the state Board of Education’s new requirement that all schools must have three and half hours of real time virtual learning each day. The requirement was voted on Tuesday – less than a week before some school districts begin school, and well after many have submitted their plans for the calendar year.
President of MSEA – Cheryl Bost says that making changes like this now could impact how schools can organize this learning time. “Any requirements that are being introduced now become chaotic for our educators. The state superintendent had all summer to put some of these requirements in place. In fact, local superintendents asked for requirements on health metrics – anything that could help them get their schedule started,” said Bost.
Bost also adds that the issue could possibly get more tricky as hybrid and in person learning starts up. “They have time now to transition into that requirement before the end of the calendar year. So I think it’s going to go rub up against when we go into hybrid and in person because it doesn’t address that,” said Bost.
Schools have until the end of 2020 to make sure they’re meeting this requirement. The board says that schools choosing to remain online should re-evaluate their plans after the nine weeks of school. Revised plans will have to be resubmitted to the Maryland State Department of Education for approval.