• Armistead Gardens School

In-person Learning Update

Hello Families,

Baltimore City Public Schools will delay the launch of the next phase of expanded optional in-person learning in the second semester until the first two weeks of March 2021. This prudent step will allow schools and staff the best opportunity to prepare for in-person learning and connect with families about this opportunity.

The new start dates are as follows:

  • Kindergarten through grade 2 will begin Monday, March 1

  • Grades 3-5 and grade 9 will begin Monday, March 15

  • Grade 12 will begin April 12, 2021, the first day of the Fourth Quarter

NOTE: An update on pre-kindergarten, grades 6-8, and grades 10-11 will be provided in early March, at the latest.

Families may decide whether to participate in in-person learning or remain in virtual learning. The additional time will allow City Schools to support the critical steps needed to prepare for in-person learning.

  • Provide additional time and opportunities for families to understand what in-person learning will look like

  • Provide additional planning time for teachers and school staff to prepare for in-person learning

  • Identify any areas that require additional planning and resources

  • Allow additional time to implement expanded COVID testing opportunities in schools

  • Allow time for more staff to make appointments to get the first dose of the vaccine

We’ve taken a cautious, phased-in approach based on our health experts’ advice with more than 2,000 students already benefitting from in-person instruction that fits their needs in a safe learning environment that meets and exceeds the CDC’s five mitigation strategies. To learn more about our Health and Safety Procedures, including air ventilation efforts, visit the Health and Safety Webpage.

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