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Carroll schools’ return plan suggests academic intervention for struggling students, asynchronous learning for the quarantined

Carroll County Public Schools want to provide supplemental instruction for underperforming students this upcoming school year, and asynchronous learning for students who are quarantined.

It’s all part of the system’s draft recovery plan that it will present during Wednesday’s board of education meeting.

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Staff learned July 8 from Maryland State Department of Education that all school systems need to develop a formal recovery plan for students who fell behind because of online learning caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The draft needs to be approved by the board before its sent to the state agency and posted to its website by Aug. 13.

In the draft, it states all CCPS students will be given assessments when they return to measure their academic level.

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“Students identified as underperforming or not meeting enrolled grade-level standards appropriate at times throughout the year (bench marks) will be provided supplemental instruction through evidence-based and research-based intervention programming three days a week for at least 30 minutes a day,” the draft states.

It also states supplemental instruction may take place during the school day or at an after-school extended learning opportunity session, which will take place at the school and last for one hour. These sessions will be held on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.

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CCPS students will return to its traditional in-person learning five days a week this upcoming school year after a year of learning online and in-person education for two to four days a week due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Sept. 8 is the first day for CCPS students.

Although students will be back full-time, CCPS will continue monitoring COVID-19 trends, the draft states. Staff suggested that students who are quarantined would participate in asynchronous learning. Teachers will regularly use and update a learning management system, or LMS, that aligns with what’s currently being taught.

“When students are quarantined, they will access resources and take part in asynchronous learning through the LMS,” the draft states. “Students will be able to utilize resources, turn in completed work, and communicate with their teacher through the LMS.”

It also states the student services coordinator will link families with teachers if students need additional support.

Also covered in the draft are athletic and extracurricular protocols, like not sharing water bottles, limiting overcrowding in locker rooms and keeping attendance during games, practices and team activities in case contact tracing is necessitated.

Masks will be required on buses due to MSDE enforcement, CCPS will continue providing personal protective equipment and school staff will continue disinfecting high-touch areas in the building regularly.

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As of now, masks are optional for students and staff. Wednesday’s board of education meeting starts at 5 p.m. and can be watched live on CETV Channel 21 and on the school system’s website.


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