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Delayed in-person reopening after Thanksgiving

Dear City Schools community, 

Thank you for supporting student learning, both virtually and at more than 40 sites across Baltimore City. It has been wonderful to see students’ joyful return to school and hear from families and staff how important in-person learning is to so many students.

As we all look forward to the Thanksgiving holiday, we know that, for some, the holiday may include travel for family and social gatherings.  These gatherings pose transmission risks for students, families, and staff.

Because of that risk, City Schools will briefly pause all in-person student learning programs and meal sites the week after Thanksgiving - Monday, November 30 through Friday, December 4. During that time, all students will participate in virtual learning. The district office will remain open. However, the Multilingual Enrollment and Support Center and Enrollment, Choice, and Transfer offices will only be supporting families virtually. 

In-person learning and meal sites will reopen on Monday, December 7.

This step is safe, responsible, and prudent given the circumstances regarding COVID-19 and gatherings that may occur during Thanksgiving weekend. Caution is required, and this brief pause in in-person learning reflects the recommendations of health officials. 

We know the holidays are typically a time to gather with family and friends, but we encourage you to follow the recommendations of public health experts for this Thanksgiving holiday. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Maryland State Department of Health have provided guidelines for celebrating the holidays safely. 

Again, all students will participate in virtual learning ONLY during the week of November 30. We look forward to resuming all in-person learning and meal sites on Monday, December 7. 

Please visit the City Schools website and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram (@baltcityschools) for updates. 

Please be safe and take care.