The Baltimore County School Board will hold a virtual meeting tonight, Tuesday, March 24 at 6:30 pm.
Viewers may access the public meeting via live stream — link found here — or on Comcast Xfinity channel 73 or Verizon FiOS channel 34 where board members will participate via audio from their homes.
On the agenda, the board is set to discuss student conduct, cyber-bullying, gang activity and student use of alcohol, drugs and tobacco products. The board will also vote on contracts for air conditioning for Bedford Elementary and Dulaney and Lansdowne high schools as well as hear information on a one-year financial report.
School system staff will join the call to answer board member questions. But because the board is meeting remotely, only written public comments can be accepted which can be e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
During its last meeting on March 10, the board voted for the ability to hold its public meetings online due to the anticipated interruption or school system shutdown due to COVID-19, a novel strain of the coronavirus.
All Maryland schools shuttered on March 16 as part of the state’s effort to stem the spread of the virus. The shutdown was scheduled to end on March 27, but has not yet been amended as of Tuesday morning.
The idea is to “flatten the curve” of COVID-19 cases by limiting exposure and eliminating large crowds and the assembly of students and teachers.
Up-to-date information on student and parent resources during the shutdown, as well as location information on meals available to students, can be found on the district’s website here. Baltimore County school students may pick up breakfast, lunch, and dinner (three meals in one bag) at 48 locations throughout the county.
Due to the closure of schools, learning resources – which can be accessed here – are being provided for students on the district’s website for additional practice during students’ time off.
The assignments are not graded but can be submitted to teachers upon schools re-opening.
Tuesday’s school board agenda does not address the district’s plan for students’ academics during the school system closure since the Maryland State Department of Education will discuss the state’s plans earlier on Tuesday.
Maryland State Schools Superintendent Karen Salmon will make an announcement this week on the department’s plan for schools during the closure.
The next Baltimore County School Board Meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, April 14.