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ACPS Chief Academic Officer Discusses Shortcomings of Virtual Learning

January 4th, 2021 by WCBC Radio

In early December, Maryland’s top education leader urged the state’s 24 school systems to consider bringing small groups of students back to campus despite surging coronavirus cases, citing intensive student needs and research that does not show major in-school spread of the virus. On the same day State Superintendent Karen Salmon made that announcement, the Allegany County Board of Education voted to delay any decision on a return to the classrooms until the first meeting of the new year, which is set for January 12th.  On that date, the school board will reevaluate plans, the availability of adequate staffing, and county health metrics.  Virtual, or distance learning, has a growing list of critics with many declaring it total failure. ACPS Chief Academic Officer Kim Kalbaugh acknowledged that some students struggle with motivation in online learning platforms…