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In-person learning plans for second semester delayed in Baltimore

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Baltimore City Public Schools will delay the launch of expanded in-person learning options for some students in the second semester.

Last month, the district's CEO, Sonja Santelises, laid out more specifics about who would be returning for in-person learning and when.

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On Wednesday, the district announced it will delay the launch of the next phase of expanded optional in-person learning in the second semester until the first two weeks of March.

The new start dates are as follows:

  • Kindergarten through grade 2 will begin Monday, March 1
  • Grades 3-5 and grade 9 will begin Monday, March 15
  • Grade 12 will begin April 12, the first day of the Fourth Quarter
  • Note: An update on pre-kindergarten, grades 6-8, and grades 10-11 will be provided in early March, at the latest

Families may decide whether to participate in in-person learning or remain in virtual learning.

For charter and contract schools, go to the district's charter schools website to see which schools will be opting into each phase of in-person learning, and visit your school's website to review specific in-person learning plans.

The district said the additional time will allow it to support critical steps needed to prepare for in-person learning, including:

  • Provide additional time and opportunities for families to understand what in-person learning will look like
  • Provide additional planning time for teachers and school staff to prepare for in-person learning
  • Identify any areas that require additional planning and resources
  • Allow additional time to implement expanded COVID testing opportunities in schools
  • Allow time for more staff to make appointments to get the first dose of the vaccine

Families should directly contact their schools to learn more or express interest in participating in in-person learning.

For general questions about optional in-person learning opportunities for the second semester, the district has a FAQ page.

Video: Maryland schools directed to return to hybrid learning by March

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