Across the Baltimore region local public school systems will be starting school on Sept. 8 teaching all their students in online classes. Most school systems are offering some arts and physical education as well as the core academic courses, but there is wide variation in how much time students are expected to show up to school with live online instruction in front of a teacher.
Here’s what the schedules look like:
Baltimore City is holding online classes five days a week during normal school hours.
Kindergarten will be 1 hour and 40 minutes per day of live instruction with additional independent work, breaks and lunch that adds up to a regular school day of 6 hours and 15 minutes.
Students in grades 1-5 will have just under 4 hours of live online instruction while middle and high school students have between 5 and 5 ½ hours of live classes in a school day of about 7 hours.
In Baltimore County will have a typical school day four days a week. The fifth day of the week - Wednesdays - will be a day when students can work in small groups, contact teachers or do independent work.
Grades kindergarten through three will have 3 ½ hours of live instruction and 3 hours of independent work. Grades four and five will have 3 ½ hours of live instruction and 2 hours that can be either working offline independently or with a teacher.
Middle and high schoolers will have 3 hours of live instruction and 2 ½ hours of independent work.
Anne Arundel County
In Anne Arundel County students will have a traditional school schedule four days a week on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. They will have live instruction with a teacher online on Wednesday morning, but the afternoon will have a variety of learning options.
For the primary grades students will have 4 hours of live instruction online with their teachers, but the subject changes will include music and movement built into the transitions between classes.
In grades three through five, students will be with the teachers 4 ½ hours a day with some time for what is being called “Friends and Fun Time” where students have the option of social time with friends. During transitions in classes students will have the ability to move around and make music.
Middle and high school is 4 and a half hours with additional time for independent work.
Carroll County County
In Carroll County students will go to school five days a week on a normal schedule that will give them 2 ½ hours of teaching, with 75 minutes of it live. Middle school students would have 4 hours of instruction, 2 hours of which will be live online. High school students will be doing a little over 5 hours, nearly three of it live with teachers in an online class.
In Harford County, students will go to school Monday through Thursday. The primary grades will have 3 hours and 15 minutes of live instruction and 90 minutes of independent work.
Middle and high school schedules have not yet been posted.
Howard County schools will have a normal schedule for classes Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday with Wednesdays available for students to work in small groups, call their teachers for help or for teachers to get some additional time to work on lessons together and get in touch with families. Teachers will have the option of teaching live lessons from their classrooms to students at home.
Elementary students will have 2 ½ to 3 hours of live online instruction. Students will spend the remainder of the time on working by themselves on assignments. Middle and high school students will have 3 hours of live instruction, and the remainder will be independent study. Each week students will have about 3 to 4 hours of independent work for each course to complete and turn in.