On May 6, during Governor Hogan’s coronavirus update, State School Superintendent Karen Salmon announced that schools will be closed for the remainder of the year.
Baltimore County elementary school teacher and Maryland State Education Association (MSEA) President Cheryl Bost released the following statement: “Although this is the right decision for the safety and health of our students, educators, and state, today is a sad day. Educators miss our students. We wish we could see them, talk with them, laugh with them, and teach them in person. We wish we could say goodbye to them before the school year ends. Instead, educators, families, and students will continue to do our best during this period of crisis distance learning, while knowing that we have a great deal of work to do now and moving forward. We must address the inequities within our community—whether of technology access for educators and students, food security, trauma care, or otherwise—that have been magnified by this crisis. We look forward to the day that we can return to our schools and the everyday joys, challenges, and work of educating our students.”