SPECIAL NOTICE: Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, the March 24, 2020 meeting of the State Board of Education will be conducted entirely via teleconference and there will be no public access to the Nancy S. Grasmick State Education Building, 200 West Baltimore Street, Baltimore, MD 21201.

State Board members and presenters will participate via conference call. Members of the public will be able to hear the audio of the meeting in real time via live stream and access the meeting materials at:

http://marylandpublicschools.org/stateboard/Pages/meeting-agendas/2020/2020-03-24.aspx

Agenda items have been condensed to include only those items that require State Board action at this time. The public comment portion of the meeting will not take place. However, the State Board encourages the public to submit their comments in writing to stateboard.msde@maryland.gov and this information will be distributed to State Board members.

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I would pay close attention to what comes from this meeting. After the Governor announced “the closure of all non-essential businesses effective at 5pm on March 23rd” and this just happened in Virginia “Virginia Schools to Close Through Academic Year“.

Not sure what “close schools down for the academic year” fully means yet but I will continue to research. This is what was reported in Virginia:

The two-week-long school closures that Northam announced March 13 were set to expire this Friday, March 27.

School leaders will get guidance Tuesday on four different options for how students can do their work and try to complete courses.

I will have a report on the blog after the teleconference tomorrow (scheduled to begin at 11:00am per the agenda) in case anything significant is announced.

Scott E