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Baltimore County education unions call for virtual learning

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Posted at 6:41 PM, Jul 20, 2020

BALTIMORE COUNTY, Md. — Baltimore County education unions are calling for a virtual start to the school year.

They held a virtual press conference Monday to release a shared statement.

Members said until medical experts recognized by the unions confirm that it is safe to do so, they cannot return to our school buildings.

In response to the proposed hybrid models educators said, one day in the school building is not meaningfully different in impact from five days in the school building.

They also acknowledge that learning will inevitably be lost, but learning can be made up and lives lost cannot be reclaimed.

One of the most important questions is what about the students that can't learn virtually?

"It’s my understanding at this point that there will be internet and devices for all students. And if that’s not the case, then we'll work with BCPS for the best ways to teach those students."

The Board of Education is expected to discuss plans for next year at a meeting Tuesday night.