EDUCATION & YOUTH
BCPS RE-OPENING PLAN
The Baltimore City Board of School Commissioners met on July 28 and heard the reopening plan for City Schools. I am attaching a copy of the plan for you, but you can also hear the oral presentation by linking to the board meeting. Minutes of past meetings are available on BoardDocs.
Meetings are held at the district administrative office (200 E. North Avenue) and are broadcast live on Education Channel 77 and online, unless otherwise noted. Minutes of past meetings are available on BoardDocs. The public is invited to attend meetings, with the exception of closed sessions. See the meeting calendar. The Board reserves the right to reschedule meetings as needed.
Proposed changes to the 2020-2021 academic calendar: Click here
Proposed Reopening Plan: Click here
BCPS COMPREHENSIVE MAINTENANCE PLAN
The Baltimore City Board of School Commissioners met on August 25 to create a comprehensive plan for building maintenance, maintenance interruptions due to Covid-19 and the budget for school repairs throughout the school year.
These meetings of the full Board usually occur on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month; in months when there are school holiday breaks, only one meeting is scheduled. The closed executive session typically begins at 3:00 p.m., and the public business meeting starts at 5:00 p.m. The meeting agenda is posted to BoardDocs.
Complete Comprehensive Plan: Click Here
Baltimore City Public School System (BCPSS)
Governor Hogan announced that all Maryland schools will be closed for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year.
Public Schools Meal Sites
Baltimore City Public School System operating 17 food distribution sites, where students can receive breakfast and lunch between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. A list of the 18 sites can be found at https://www.baltimorecityschools.org/health-updates
Educational Learning Packets & Distance Learning
The district has developed downloadable learning packets by grade level that students may complete while schools are closed. Each grade level packet is broken into five days, with extension opportunities to cover additional learning time. Learning packets may be found online at https://www.baltimorecityschools.org/learning-packets
NEW distance learning Webpage available Monday, April 6
Distance Learning in City Schools starts on Monday, April 6. The hub for this initiative is www.baltimorecityschools.org/distance-learning. Beginning that day, students and families will have access to learning experiences in the following ways:
Lessons on Television
Students will be able to access daily reading, math, science, and art lessons on City Schools TV (Comcast 77) and the city’s CharmTV (Comcast 25 and 1025). Additionally, CharmTV will offer lessons via streaming video at http://www.charmtvbaltimore.com. A schedule of lessons will be available on the district’s Distance Learning webpage.
Distance Learning Packets
Each week, a new set of distance learning packets will be available with lessons for students via download from the Distance Learning Webpage. Additionally, every Monday during the closure
period, students will be able to pick up work packets at the district’s 18 meal sites.
Two ways teachers will work with students are via Blackboard Collaborate and Google Classroom. Blackboard Collaborate will be used to give live instruction, and Google Classroom will host class
assignments and resources. Teachers will send a link to students to invite them to Blackboard Collaborate.
For help with homework and class assignments and questions about online learning, please call City Schools’ Homework and Technology Help Desk at 443-984-2001. The hours are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday to Friday.
To learn more about this strategy, please view our Distance Learning flyer
The district is operating a COVID-19 hotline to answer questions from students, families, and staff. Community members with City Schools-related questions are encouraged to call our hotline between 9 a.m and 4 p.m. at 443-984-2000. Select “2” to reach a customer service agent.
March 26 Press Conference with City Schools CEO, Dr. Sonja Santelises
Closure of Daycare for Non-Essential Employees Children
Maryland schools Superintendent Karen Salmon has ordered most child care centers to close at the end of business Friday, March 27, the latest attempt to slow the spread of coronavirus. The order essentially prohibits nonessential workers from having their children in a day care center or program. Day care that is provided by friends, family and neighbors is still allowed if there are fewer than five children.
Programs that are Eligible to Care for the Children of Essential Workers at www.earlychildhood.marylandpublicschools.org
1-877-261-0060 between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m.
Childcare Facilities for Emergency Personnel
Additional Childcare Grants
City School Survey to Assess Food & Technology Needs
City Schools released its online family survey to identify students and families without adequate access to the internet or devices to accommodate new distance-based learning methods.
Baltimore City Food Distribution Sites MAP (Abbreviated)
THIRD QUARTER GRADING
Third quarter grades for students will not be negatively impacted by the closure period. However, students have until Friday, April 10 to complete any make-up work or missing assignments from before March 12
Enoch Pratt Free Library
22 locations will be closed to the public until further notice. The Pratt Library will continue to provide online resources to the public throughout this time. Telephone reference services will continue to be available Monday through Friday, from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm.
Email us anytime. Pratt staff are available to respond during work hours.
Call us at 410-396-5430 and leave a voice message with your question. A librarian will call you back.
All renewals are waived and card will remain active. If customers have library books , they do not need to return them until the Pratt returns to normal business hours.
ONLINE LEARNING & ENRICHMENT
Spring Reading challenge through April 30th
Science lessons and videos
Tips for parents & teachers
Books, games, etc
Learn a language
free for limited time - learn to code
Math practice & test prep
Color by number
Space telescope education program
Worksheets games lesson plans
Math games pk-7th grades
Smithsonian for kids