Baltimore City Schools Host District State Address to Help Prepare for Next School Year – CBS Baltimore
BALTIMORE (WJZ) – Baltimore City Public Schools hosted a district state address this morning to help prepare for the upcoming school year. District leaders said the pandemic had not only highlighted some of the challenges, but also its strengths.
This year, district leaders said the city’s schools will invest in student recovery and growth.
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“This year was unprecedented. It was incredibly demanding, ”said Dr Sonja Santelises, CEO of Baltimore City Public Schools.
After more than a year of pivoting and adapting to virtual and hybrid learning, students, parents and educators are ready to resume the next school year 2021-2022 in the classrooms.
“It’s been a little crazy coming and going,” said Jeremy Thatcher, Parent.
“I didn’t like being on zoom because I couldn’t really play with my friends,” said Aislinn Thatcher, fifth grader.
“I miss my friends and teachers,” said second-grader Maeve Thatcher.
During Tuesday’s district state address for Baltimore City Public Schools, leaders reflected on the past year, celebrated progress, and detailed existing challenges to overcome.
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“The school system still faces decades of chronic underfunding, lower engagement and frankly low academic expectations and we cannot blame Covid for that alone,” Santelises said.
In preparation for the return to in-person learning, the CEO of Baltimore City Public Schools highlighted the district’s “reconnect, restore and reimagine” effort that is being implemented.
“Teachers will develop individualized learning plans for students by the end of the first term to provide counseling for families and to address any unfinished learning caused by the pandemic,” Santelesis said.
Parents like Jeremy Thatcher said it was reassuring to hear that principals are focused on rebuilding the many setbacks students have suffered over the past year.
“It makes me feel good. I mean they’re trying to catch up and look to the mistakes that were made by playing just to catch up, ”Thatcher said.
“We have a lot of work to do, but the message is that we are headed in the right direction. We have momentum and we have the strength to continue, ”said Santelesis.
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In addition, Baltimore City schools will also have additional social workers to provide support to students and families upon their return.