January 27, 2022 - Important Changes to Inclement Weather Distance Learning Plan

January 27, 2022 - Important Changes to Inclement Weather Distance Learning Plan
Posted on 01/27/2022
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Good evening, families,

This is Superintendent of Schools Lou Taylor. I am sending this message tonight to let you know of some very important changes that have been made to our plan for distance learning should our schools close as a result of inclement weather.

As you know, we have already used the three inclement weather days built into our calendar, so now when schools close, we will transition to distance learning. While we had previously announced that these days would be asynchronous instructional activities, we have recently received a set of requirements from the Maryland State Department of Education that require us to make a change to this plan. 

The most impactful change is that, in the event of inclement weather, distance learning will now require a minimum of four hours of live, synchronous instruction. We know that this is very different from what was previously communicated to you, and we apologize for any confusion as a result of this change. 

Lastly, we know connectivity remains a challenge for many of our families, please know that our schools are working collectively on creative solutions in the event of technical difficulties. Additionally, your child will still have five school days from the date we return to in-person learning to complete any assigned schoolwork. 

I want to thank you for your understanding as we navigate meeting these state requirements, and please be on the lookout for communication from your child’s teacher or school on specific expectations for your child in the event of an inclement weather closure. 

Again, thank you, and may God bless you and your family. Have a good evening. Please press the star key to repeat this message.