Before Baltimore County teachers return to classes, they want to see reopening plan

Baltimore County teachers, concerned about when they’ll return to the classroom, say they’re waiting to see a back to school plan from the district.|| Coronavirus updates | Maryland’s latest numbers | Where to get tested ||Baltimore County teachers will hold a news conference Tuesday evening. Once it’s over, teachers plan to drive over to school board headquarters to send a message to the board that they want answers.“We want a safe and sustained reopening for schools,” Baltimore County Teachers Association President Cindy Sexton said.The teacher’s union said those are two concerns that must be addressed before educators head back to the classroom. That could end up being sometime after the first of the year.“The hope is when it’s safe, if it’s safe before that, we’ll certainly welcome the conversation. If we are still in the throes of this pandemic, then we’re not going to agree that would safe either,” Sexton said.The board of education may allow students who attend the county’s four special needs schools to return in mid-November, but only if parents are on board. Meantime, some parents with students who attend other county schools are anxious to share their concerns with board members.“We could learn a few things from this whole experience,” Baltimore County parent Dayana Bergman said.The mother of three says she’s leaning toward remaining virtual for the time being.“My plan is to talk to the board and give them some feedback on certain tips that have helped to improve the virtual experience,” Bergman said.But other parents say they’re frustrated that the board of education can’t make up its mind on when teachers and students should resume in-person learning.“It’s hard to know how to make plans for the future and how long to hang in there and keep encouraging your kids we need strong leadership and we need clear plans, we need strong leadership and we need clear plans and dates and we need them to stick to those plans and dates,” Baltimore County parent Amy Adams said.Baltimore County Superintendent Darryl Williams has already scrapped a reopening plan that would have forced schools to reopen this month.

Baltimore County teachers, concerned about when they’ll return to the classroom, say they’re waiting to see a back to school plan from the district.

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Baltimore County teachers will hold a news conference Tuesday evening. Once it’s over, teachers plan to drive over to school board headquarters to send a message to the board that they want answers.

“We want a safe and sustained reopening for schools,” Baltimore County Teachers Association President Cindy Sexton said.

The teacher’s union said those are two concerns that must be addressed before educators head back to the classroom. That could end up being sometime after the first of the year.

“The hope is when it’s safe, if it’s safe before that, we’ll certainly welcome the conversation. If we are still in the throes of this pandemic, then we’re not going to agree that would safe either,” Sexton said.

The board of education may allow students who attend the county’s four special needs schools to return in mid-November, but only if parents are on board. Meantime, some parents with students who attend other county schools are anxious to share their concerns with board members.

“We could learn a few things from this whole experience,” Baltimore County parent Dayana Bergman said.

The mother of three says she’s leaning toward remaining virtual for the time being.

“My plan is to talk to the board and give them some feedback on certain tips that have helped to improve the virtual experience,” Bergman said.

But other parents say they’re frustrated that the board of education can’t make up its mind on when teachers and students should resume in-person learning.

“It’s hard to know how to make plans for the future and how long to hang in there and keep encouraging your kids we need strong leadership and we need clear plans, we need strong leadership and we need clear plans and dates and we need them to stick to those plans and dates,” Baltimore County parent Amy Adams said.

Baltimore County Superintendent Darryl Williams has already scrapped a reopening plan that would have forced schools to reopen this month.

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