TCPS is planning for our August 24th school re-opening! This past spring when schools were closed, our Continuity of Learning model provided limited instruction on key standards of core content without a set schedule. In the Fall, we will move to a complete “synchronous learning” model using several possible formats: totally virtual; totally physical; or a combination of both virtual and physical. Each offering will include a set schedule and complete accountability for both students and staff.
Synchronous learning is remote learning that happens in real-time with the interaction between the teacher and students that occurs in a face to face environment or in a virtual classroom setting, ie. access from home via web conferencing.
With the understanding that no one knows what the status of the pandemic will be in the Fall, we must consider the following three possible scenarios in our planning:
Remote Synchronous Learning (Stage 1 and 2) – ALL students would be learning from home or other remote locations with learning materials that reflect comprehensive grade and subject level expectations, with a required daily class schedule and accountability.
Blended Synchronous Learning (Stage 2 and 3)– A hybrid delivery of instruction with a combination of remote synchronous learning and on-campus school with a modified number of students in school buildings (A/B Day or A/B Week) to adhere to social distancing recommendations.
In-Person Synchronous Learning (Stage 3) – Students attend school buildings each day with State recommended safety measures in place.
It is important to note that all of these scenarios will involve adherence to clearly defined safety protocols for collection of materials, the cleaning of schools, transportation equipment and other facilities, and nutrition as established by MSDE in collaboration with the MD Department of Health and the CDC Guidance.
Recovery Plan Stakeholder Group
TCPS has convened a Recovery Plan Stakeholder group comprised of Teachers, Support Staff, Parents, Students, Administrators, County Government, County Board and various Community Partners. This group is reviewing survey results and other data to inform and help to refine planning for a safe return of both students and staff to schools in the fall. The workgroups will draft the recovery plan to include MSDE requirements, as well as clarify all stages for re-opening for parents, staff, students and the community.
MSDE Recovery Plan
COVID-19 Response and the Path Forward
"Now is the time to plan for and address the eventual reopening of schools, with an understanding that the health, safety, and wellness of students, families, educators, and staff must be a priority. The Maryland Together: Recovery Plan for Education contains a wealth of information that can be used as a point of reference by school leaders, students, and school communities. Through the collective endeavors of educational leaders and stakeholders throughout the state, the future educational needs of students will be fully addressed. The most important step will be for leadership to base important decisions on data, the uniqueness of individual school systems, financial capabilities, technological capabilities, and student needs. Prior planning will set the stage for accomplishments that will be achieved throughout the school year.”
Karen B. Salmon, Ph.D., Maryland State Superintendent of Schools