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Back To School Amidst COVID Concern

 An instructor teaches her virtual classroom.
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A teacher prepares her classroom for students' return during the pandemic.

The new school year is about to begin, and challenges lie ahead. Concerns about surging COVID infections are mixed with questions about how greatly the pandemic disrupted learning.

Cheryl Bost, president of the Maryland State Education Association, the statewide union, says the first place to focus is pupils’ mental health.

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And Baltimore City principals Najib Jammal of Lakeland Elementary Middle School and Melody Locke of Westport Academy talk about a new partnership to support teachers’ professional development.

Maureen Harvie is Senior Supervising Producer for On the Record. She is a graduate of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, and joined WYPR in 2014 as an intern for the newsroom. Whether coordinating live election night coverage, capturing the sounds of a roller derby scrimmage, interviewing veterans, or booking local authors, she is always on the lookout for the next story.
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