On Tuesday, July 28, during its virtual meeting, the Baltimore City Board of School Commissioners (the Board) approved the district’s proposed changes to the 2020-21 school calendar.
Here’s what this means:
As you know, City Schools will open the school year with virtual learning. The district will continue to prepare a hybrid option and provide you with an update by October 16. The calendar changes are part of Closing the Distance, the district’s plan for reopening schools. The draft plan was presented to the Board during the meeting.
As we consider the continuing impact of COVID-19 we took into consideration what’s best for our students, staff, and families – while making the best use of instructional time for students and optimizing professional development for staff.
Community feedback on the plan may be given at the virtual Reopening Town Halls every Thursday evening at 6 p.m. The events are streamed live on the district Facebook, Twitter and YouTube platforms.
City Schools is changing how students and families will get devices and wifi hotspots.
Devices and hotspots will not be distributed during the next two weeks as we transition distribution to schools. We will share specifics no later than Monday, August 17. You'll get this information via robocall, email, on Facebook and Twitter, and via the City Schools website.
Providing these important items at school, we can reduce the large crowds and serve you better while also taking time to prepare our schools and staff for the transition.
If you have questions or need to let us know about your device needs, please contact our Summer Learning hotline at 443-984-2001 Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. You may also email firstname.lastname@example.org with your student's name, school, and device needed.
Due to an error with our vendor, the first Q4 report cards were mailed on July 23 and July 24. Report cards for seniors have not yet been mailed. We are working with ITD on a resolution to that issue.
If you have an immediate need for a student’s information please sign into Campus Portal.
We sincerely apologize for this delay. Rest assured, the lessons learned from our Q3 and especially Q4 mailing process will be applied to Q1 next school year.
The UMBC Classic Upward Bound Program is seeking high school students (rising 9th - 11th graders) who attend Baltimore City Public Schools.
The program provides:
To be eligible, students must be either low income (reduced lunch eligible) or first generation to go to college in their primary household.
All schools in the district will open the 2020-21 school year virtually, delaying the start of the hybrid in-person option until later this fall.
Please read the full letter to families at https://baltimorecityschools.org/reopening-plan-letter
P-EBT Card Update:
Beginning Wednesday, July 15, P-EBT cards for students experiencing homelessness will be available for pick up at City Schools Headquarters, 200 E. North Avenue. Pick-up times are Mondays and Wednesdays from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Re-Engagement Center. Government identification is required, and all cards will need to be signed for by a parent or guardian. Contact
Malkia Pipkin at 443-635- 9487 or MPipkin@bcps.k12.md.us for more information.
To receive P-EBT card benefits, families must have an updated mailing address. Please update your address with both the Department of Human Services and Baltimore City Public Schools.
How do I update my address?
Documents that will be accepted as proof of residency include:
How do I activate the card?
Call the phone number on the back of the card. You will need the 16 digit EBT card number on the front of the card, your zip code, and the date of birth of the eligible child listed on the card. When prompted to enter the last four digits of your Social Security Number, enter 0000. You will then need to set a four-digit pin number
The Maryland Department of Human Services (MD DHS) has established a P-EBT Customer Inquiry Form for households to submit questions regarding P-EBT. Please share the following link for the new P-EBT Customer Inquiry Form with schools, families, and parents: P-EBT Customer Inquiry Form
As a reminder, the Maryland P-EBT website includes Frequently Asked Questions. The MD DHS hotline is 1-800-332-6347.
Find out information and frequently asked questions about P-EBT on the new Maryland P-EBT website.
All students enrolled in Baltimore City Public Schools are eligible for the Pandemic-EBT (P-EBT) Program. Households will receive approximately $114/month in benefits for each school-aged child in your household. P-EBT cards will allow families to purchase food directly from approved grocery stores and other outlets that accept Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), EBT, or the Independence Card.
If your household currently receives SNAP benefits, the P-EBT payments are automatically added to your SNAP card. If you think you may be eligible for SNAP, we encourage you to apply. View SNAP eligibility criteria and apply online at mydhrbenefits.dhr.state.md.us by clicking “create account.” You can also call the MD Department of Human Services (DHS) at 1-800-332-6347 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday-Friday. If you have trouble or need help applying for SNAP, call Maryland Hunger Solutions at 1-866-821-5552.
If your household does not currently receive SNAP benefits, you are eligible to receive a new P-EBT card from the Maryland Department of Human Services (DHS). To help ensure access to these benefits, households should update their current contact information in their City Schools’ profile by emailing updated address documentation to the enrollment official at their student’s school. Providing updated address information ensures that City Schools can share the most accurate and up-to-date information with the responsible state agencies. It also should reduce wait times to be contacted by the Maryland Department of Human Services. Inaccurate addresses or telephone numbers in your City Schools’ profile could delay the Maryland Department of Human Services’ distribution of a P-EBT benefit card to your family.
Things you should know:
For more food options, visit: https://coronavirus.baltimorecity.gov/food-distribution-sites.
City Schools will provide internet access hotspots to students participating in summer programs starting July 7. This includes students that are participating in summer extended-learning programs, homeless and foster youth. and Youthworks summer employment. Only students that lack in-home internet access are eligible.
Starting July 7, families with students that need internet access may pick up hotspots between 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. each Tuesday and Thursday at City Schools Headquarters, located at 200 E. North Avenue in Baltimore. Please go to the Re-Engagement center - enter on the Guildford Street side of the building.
All individuals picking up a hotspot must wear a face mask. For students under age 18, only parents or guardians may pick up a hotspot with a valid student and government ID. Students over age 18 will need to bring their student or government ID.
If you have questions about the distribution, including if you are eligible, call our Summer Learning Hotline at 443-984-2001. The hotline is open from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday to Thursday.
Please note: Charter school students are not eligible for a hotspot. Families should contact their charter school to learn if they are offering summer learning opportunities and if any educational supplies come with those offerings.
Report cards will be available to family members in the following forums:
Retention letters have also been sent to the vendor via mailing and will also be on the report card if you school has identified a student for retention by June 30th, 2020.
Grade K-8 Retention letters were sent if the following were true by close of business June 26th, 2020:
Grade 9-11 Retention letters were sent if the student was marked on retained on the Infinite Campus enrollment tab by close of business June 26th, 2020:
If your school team believes a student should attend summer school and you have not reached out to them, please reach out immediately and support them in their registration process at https://www.baltimorecityschools.org/summerlearning. Summer school registration ends July 6.
Families can appeal their retention by July 17 at this site. A review of the retention will be complete on August 7. We encourage students of families who are appealing a retention to enter their appeals online: https://baltimore.saasit.com/Default.aspx?AnonymousRequest=yes
The paper form has also been attached.
To start the documentation of the appeals process, please fill out the HEAT Form entitled, “Appeal of Student Promotion/Retention Decision” which can be found in the Academic Achievement section of the HEAT Service Catalog. Should you receive a formal appeals request, you are required to complete the HEAT form within five days of receiving a request.
There are two ways to acquire the parent justification to input the form:
Once you complete the “Appeal of Student Promotion/Retention Decision,” it will be sent to your ILED for a final decision within 10 business days.
Thank you for your support in this process. Please reach out to Cyrene Gilbert with questions prior to July 7 and Danny Heller with questions after July 7.
All City Schools summer meal site locations will be closed on Fridays in July. For a list of alternative meal resources, please visit https://www.bmorechildren.com/freemeals.
We will resume normal operating hours in August. For information on hours and locations of our meal sites visit https://www.baltimorecityschools.org/meal-sites.
The Parent and Community Advisory Board (PCAB) is currently recruiting new members to fill several vacant positions on their board. The PCAB is looking for parents of City Schools' students and community members who are eager to have a voice in shaping future policies for City Schools. The primary role of the PCAB is to advise the CEO and the Board of School Commissioners on issues that impact policies that govern City Schools. To apply, please submit a resume and short bio to email@example.com. The deadline is July 10. Additional information is available in this flyer.
Facebook Round Up Responses – Updated June 3, 2020
Note: Questions were taken verbatim from Facebook
Please note – City Schools is reviewing all the areas listed in this section. More information is forthcoming.