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Back to (virtual) school

An instructor teaches her virtual classroom.
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An instructor teaches her virtual classroom.

On Monday about one third of Baltimore City Public Schools switched to virtual learning due to spikes in positive covid tests -- to the surprise of many parents across the city.

Dr. Sonja Santelises, CEO of the Schools District, walks us through what factored into the last-minute decision … and where things are headed.

And Baltimore Teachers Union president Diamonté Brown tells us what her constituents have been experiencing this week … and her hope for working more collaboratively with leaders of the schools district as the pandemic stretches on.

“The shift was very abrupt and communicated late and people would like to see transition plans built in for the future so that doesn’t happen again.” 

Links: Thurs Jan. 13 6:30pm Covid-19 response virtual meeting with school parents and community advisory board, agendafor that virtual meeting, Baltimore Teachers Union mask drive.

Sheilah Kast is the host of On The Record, Monday-Friday, 9:30-10:00 am.
Melissa Gerr is a Senior Producer for On the Record. She started in public media at Twin Cities Public Television in St. Paul, Minn., where she is from, and then worked as a field producer for Oregon Public Broadcasting in Portland. She made the jump to audio-lover in Baltimore as a digital media editor at Mid-Atlantic Media and Laureate Education, Inc. and as a field producer for "Out of the Blocks." Her beat is typically the off-beat with an emphasis on science, culture and things that make you say, 'Wait, what?'