BALTIMORE (WJZ) — School leaders and health experts say a long-term shutdown of school systems seems increasingly likely, perhaps even through the end of the school year, amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Some teachers are creating virtual classrooms and sending out video lessons in the event that schools are closed through the rest of the academic year.
Things are different for sixth-grade teacher Kyair Butts, or Mr. K, teaching anthropology from home.
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“I’m grateful we have someone like Mr. K,” Dulcinae Brown, a parent, said.
Teachers, however, are still experiencing a few technical difficulties as they transition to online classes amid the coronavirus pandemic.
“Oh my gosh, the teacher internet went out again, and he’s not here anymore, but they were patient and we were able to get rolling again,” Butts said.
Baltimore City literacy teacher Sarah Pasko is sending out daily video lessons to her third-grade students.
She is making students and parents aware this is a learning process for teachers, too.
“This is a new time, and we’re not used to having this happen, so there might be a learning curve for all of us, myself included,” she said.
There are over 80,000 children in Baltimore City who are home right now.
“I think it’s stressful because sometimes I look forward to going to school,” a Baltimore City Schools student told WJZ.
The City of Baltimore initially said it would only be two weeks and sent students home with learning packets.
“A packet can’t push and challenge a student in the same way a teacher can,” Butts said.
Now, officials are singling school closures may be for much longer.
Butts said that about half of his students are able to take advantage of his virtual classrooms, but as for his students who might not have access to the internet, he’s concerned about how the timing is affecting them as schools remain closed.