Harford

HCPS Virtual Learning Plan Approved By Harford County Board Of Ed

HARFORD COUNTY, MD — The Harford County Board of Education approved the administration’s proposal at its meeting Monday night to hold the fall 2020–2021 semester online.

“Core elements” of the plan are fully virtual instructiond with the option of learning centers for in-person support, Harford County Public Schools Superintendent Sean Bulson said.

His plan was approved, 8-1, and the dissenting vote was cast by Tamera Rush, who represents the northern part of Harford County.

The vote on Bulson’s plan for virtual learning followed hours of school administrators fielding questions about logistics..

While a hybrid model with in-person and virtual instruction had been considered, Bulson said it would not be feasible to educate the over 37,000 Harford County students in that format.

“We were not going to be able to deliver logistically to provide a good instructional program” and deliver on safety, Bulson said.

Coronavirus data in recent months also showed

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Protesters Call For Harford County Public Schools To Open: Report

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

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