In a statement from Baltimore County Public Schools (BCPS), Superintendent Dr. Darryl Williams announced that while they will continue to move forward with a virtual reopening, BCPS will start to implement a phased-in approach for students to return to in-person learning.
This announcement comes after Governor Larry Hogan and State Superintendent held a press conference encouraging local school systems to develop plans for reopening in-person learning for the fall. According to BCPS’s website, beginning October 19, all teachers and remaining school staff will return to work in-person at their school buildings and “small groups of identified students will return to school buildings for in-person instruction” by November 13.
From BCPS press release:
“Since the pandemic began, we have had two primary concerns – the health and wellbeing of our students, staff, and community and continuing to support our students’ academic progress,” said Williams. “As I announced on August 27, we have been considering guidance from Governor Hogan and State Superintendent Dr. Karen Salmon about a phased-in process for bringing small groups of students back to school buildings for in-person instruction. We have been particularly concerned about students who might benefit most from in-person instruction – students with disabilities and our youngest learners. Our new timeline for staff and student reentry focuses on providing in-person services to those two groups of students. More details will be forthcoming, but we are pleased to announce our first steps back toward in-person instruction for all students.”