Baltimore County schools will be closed for two days to give teachers time to prepare for a potential transition to virtual learning amid an increase in coronavirus cases, school system leaders and five unions announcement in a message to the community on Saturday.
Baltimore County Superintendent Darryl L. Williams and senior officials from his five unions said in their post that school buildings will be closed Monday and Tuesday “to give staff time to prepare for lessons in the event of a transition temporary to virtual learning for their specific school.
They noted that âindependent learning activitiesâ were prepared for the students so that their education was not so disrupted.
âWe are now offering this planning time to all teachers to minimize disruption if an individual school were to temporarily transition to virtual education. Currently, schools temporarily transitioning to virtual education begin with two days of asynchronous (independent) learning before live instruction begins on day three, âthe school system and union leaders wrote.
“We want to eliminate this asynchronous period and ensure that students receive live instruction on the first day of the temporary virtual period.”
The school district and union leaders have also recognized that decisions to move students to virtual learning are made as “the absolute last resort”.
The Baltimore Sun reported that some Baltimore County schools have forced some or all of their students to switch to virtual learning as the school system was inundated with COVID-19 cases, quarantine restrictions and staff shortages. Barriers ultimately hampered students’ ability to learn in person after winter break.
Schools are wondering how to handle a wave of COVID-19 cases amid the spread of the highly transmissible variant of omicron.
Friday, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Rochelle WalenskyRochelle WalenskyOvernight Health Care – Presented by AstraZeneca and Friends of Cancer Research – Biden’s vaccine rules fragile SCOTUS land CDC reports record number of hospitalizations of children with COVID-19. announced new guidelines for students, teachers and staff, reducing the isolation of those infected to five days.
“Our updated recommendations for isolation and quarantine, and our previous publications and ongoing evaluation of testing protocols for staying in schools, provide the tools to reopen these schools for in-person learning and keep them open.” for the rest of the school year, âWalensky said.