Dear Bard students and families,
(Updated February 2021) Baltimore City Public Schools announced plans to expand in-person learning opportunities for students at traditional and transformational schools, beginning March 1 and continuing in April.
As a contract school, Bard Baltimore has the ability to opt into district plans for in-person learning in the second semester or not. I want to let you know that, after a great deal of consideration, our school will not offer in-person learning at this time. All students and staff will continue instruction virtually.
This decision was made after taking many factors into account, including feedback from students and families, staff surveys, facility assessment, curriculum needs, and class observations. Our mission is to provide the best educational experience that we can for each and every student. We believe the best way to do that right now is to stay the course we have established with virtual learning, rather than divide our resources.
We know this will come as a relief to some of our families and a disappointment to others. We also know that virtual learning has both advantages and disadvantages for us to work through together — including coming up with ways to celebrate the Class of 2021. Please see our Student and Parent Guides to Remote Learning for more information and advice. We also hold virtual community meetings every Monday at 7 p.m.
During this time, any visitors to the building must wear a mask and will be asked COVID-related health screening questions prior to entry.
For the latest reopening details from City Schools, stay up to date at this webpage:https://www.baltimorecityschools.org/reopening. For additional Bard Baltimore updates you can also follow us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/BardBaltimore/.
Thank you and stay safe,
Francesca Gamber, Ph.D.