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Baltimore City schools chief indicates in email that city students will be at home for longer

In a letter emailed to parents Tuesday, Baltimore City schools chief Sonja Santelises indicated that schools would remain closed because of the coronavirus pandemic at least through April 5. Students, who have been off since March 16, were originally supposed to return Monday.

“The rapid changes of recent weeks mean we must prepare for a ‘new normal’ where education occurs outside our school buildings," Santelises said. “City Schools is exploring a variety of distance-based learning methods with the goal of providing each student with access to a learning experience, including supporting efforts to keep them connected personally to their school communities.”

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Most parents and educators believe that the state will soon announce how long schools will remain out.

Santelises said that students next week should continue to do material they received online or picked up at school in the days after the March 13 announcement of the closing of schools..

Beginning April 6, she said, students will be provided with schoolwork using a variety of options based on their needs and access to technology. In addition, students can pick up work packets.

The Maryland State School Board met Tuesday and did not discuss the future of teaching during the coronavirus.

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