Protesters Call For Harford County Public Schools To Open: Report

HARFORD COUNTY, MD — Both parents and children are reportedly marching around South Hickory Avenue

HARFORD COUNTY, MD — Both parents and children are reportedly marching around South Hickory Avenue Thursday night calling for Harford County Public Schools to reopen.

Protesters held signs outside the Harford County Public Schools headquarters that said things like “School Is Essential” and “Virtual Learning Fails Our Kids,” according to WMAR.

The demonstration came three weeks after Harford County Public Schools Superintendent Sean Bulson announced the school system would be conducting its first semester entirely online.

“There is general agreement that safe, in-person learning would be the first preference, but the current conditions make it impossible for large groups of students to be in school at one time,” Bulson wrote in a letter announcing the decision in mid-July.

Karen Schandelmeier, a parent of rising 9th- and 6th-grade students, reportedly organized the protest due to what she called a “complete debacle” during the spring semester, when she said most students learned nothing as classes went virtual. The state ordered all public schools to close in mid-March due to the coronavirus pandemic.

“Even if it’s part-time,” Schandelmeier told The Aegis, “they would benefit from being in school.”

The Harford County Board of Education is slated to meet at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 10.

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