HOWARD COUNTY — Delegate Mike Griffith and Senate Minority Leader J.B. Jennings sent a letter to the Harford County Superintendent and Board of Education advocating for a hybrid re-opening plan to be implemented.
Cosigned by several Harford County Delegates and Senators, the letter cites the low infection rates in Harford County and advocates for a reasonable approach to the school year that champions choice for both parents and teachers.
The letter states that parents who wish to send their children to school should be able to do so, and teachers who wish to teach in-person should be able to do so.
The letter also calls on State Board of Education to provide more concrete instructions and resources to the counties to facilitate maximum in-school learning opportunities.
“We share the concerns with many parents and families that the current system of exclusively virtual learning will not meet the educational needs of Harford County students”, said Senate Minority Leader Jennings. “The previous semester of online learning has already put our students behind. The school year begins in less than two weeks and there is a shortage of Chromebooks. There is also still parts of the county that lack reliable internet access. This is an untenable situation for our students.”
In addition to Senator Jennings and Delegate Griffith, the letter was signed by House Minority Whip Kathy Szeliga, Senator Bob Cassilly, Senator Jason Gallion, Delegate Lauren Arikan, Delegate Susan McComas, and Delegate Teresa Reilly.
You can read the full letter below.