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BREAKING: Maryland Educators Call For Virtual Start To 2020-21 Year

July 14th, 2020 by WCBC Radio

Today the Maryland State Education Association, the Baltimore Teachers Union, and the Maryland PTA issued a joint call for the fall semester of the upcoming school year to be virtual. The three groups sent a letter to Gov. Larry Hogan and State School Superintendent Karen Salmon encouraging them to support this course of action to protect the health and safety of Maryland students, educators, and families.

“We must rise above politics and focus on the reality and complexities of safely reopening schools,” the letter reads. “If we open our schools too quickly and without adequate safety precautions, the result will be that some educators, students, and their family members will contract the coronavirus. Some will recover, some will face debilitating health consequences or healthcare bills that they cannot pay, and some will die. These are stubborn facts. And they are costs and consequences that we must refuse to accept. A perfect solution does not exist. A safe one does.”


9 Responses to “BREAKING: Maryland Educators Call For Virtual Start To 2020-21 Year”

  1. July 14, 2020 at 2:42 pm, mac said:

    Finally! A voice of reason with peoples lives placed foremost.
    Now, Maryland educators have to figure out how to get virtual learning to everyone here in Allegany County


    • July 14, 2020 at 3:12 pm, Jay said:

      It’s the only rational choice at this point. As mentioned, a return to the buildings by students would require many, many protocols and modifications to the interior and exterior of the buildings, new platforms for delivery of instruction for subjects such as PE, music, art, and tech ed, and a significant amount of training for the teaching staff as well as bus drivers, custodians, cafeteria staff, and administrative staff. I haven’t seen or heard of anything like that being talked about or planned at 108 Washington Street.


  2. July 14, 2020 at 4:54 pm, dave said:

    For your consideration, use your favorite search engine and look up “German University of Dresden virus study” for other information on the subject of kids, teachers, and school.


    • July 14, 2020 at 6:13 pm, Jeff said:

      > It looks like you have found something important Dave. I doubt if the regulars would like it though. Looks good to me.


      • July 14, 2020 at 7:04 pm, mac said:

        > That was reported on CNBC. If it doesn’t come from Fox News it must be FAKE NEWS!!


        • July 15, 2020 at 8:54 am, Joe said:

          > What is the population of Germany compared to the US? Just wondering.


    • July 15, 2020 at 8:38 am, Peter said:

      > Also Germany:
      New Infections on 7/14/20 = 0
      Total case count = 200456
      Total death = 9079

      Meanwhile in the US:
      Infections on 7/14/20 = 64000
      Total case count = 3,431,574
      Total death = 136,468


      • July 15, 2020 at 9:40 am, Jay said:

        Epic fail. The historians are going to have a field day with the ineptitude of the federal government during this period of time.


  3. July 14, 2020 at 8:06 pm, Joe hanson said:

    As other jobs have taken pay cuts it should be safe to assume teachers are then accepting that their pay will be cut as other state jobs and less work as they have less responsibility based on the teachers who hung out at our business when they were electronicly clocked in supposedly working it was sad to see actually


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