Coronavirus Updates and Resources from MSEA

In the middle of these challenging and rapidly evolving times, MSEA, NEA, and all of our local offices are here to support you and the students we serve. We will work to update you on resources and information from MSEA on a variety of fronts.

MSEA and Local Association Operating Status

MSEA is closed and staff are teleworking. We plan to continue to support, help, and empower members as well as we possibly can during the coming weeks. We encourage members to reach out to their local association presidents and staff with local-specific questions while schools remain closed. You can find contact information for your local by clicking here. Due to local office closures, email is likely a better mode of communication than phone.

Frequently Asked Questions

FAQ: Pay and work requirements during coronavirus-related school closures

FAQ: Taking sick and personal leave during coronavirus-related school closures

FAQ: How school closures will affect annual mandatory standardized and other tests

FAQ: How will the work of education support professionals be impacted by school closures and executive orders from the governor?

FAQ: Will there be changes to the current requirements for certification, evaluations, National Board Certification, or tenure?

FAQ: The impact of coronavirus on your pension and the Maryland State Retirement and Pension System

FAQ: How the federal coronavirus stimulus package will impact Maryland educators

FAQ: How the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) impacts educators

Professional Resources

Best practices for teaching with technology during coronavirus closures

NEA Member Benefits discount program on remote teaching and teleworking equipment

Recording of MSEA's Teletown Hall

Click here to listen to a recording of our all-member teletown hall on March 26 on coronavirus and its impact on students, educators, and our schools.

Meals for Students

With schools closed for weeks, food insecurity among our impoverished students is a real concern. Thankfully, school systems are stepping up to provide meals for students who need them. Click here for links by jurisdiction of where and when meals are available.

MSEA's Learn More at 4

We are holding a weekly update via Facebook Live on Wednesdays at 4 p.m. featuring MSEA President Cheryl Bost and MSEA General Counsel Kristy Anderson, called “Learn More at 4.” You don’t need a Facebook account to watch; just click here to head over to the MSEA Facebook page and watch online. This is your time to get answers, ask questions, and bring up your concerns. We’re going to cover what we know about the top questions we’re getting from members and will do our best to answer as many questions as we can. 

Regulatory Questions

We’ve heard a number of member questions regarding the impact of school closures on meals and services for our students in poverty, testing windows, the school calendar, special education service compliance, and more. Some of these questions will be determined locally; for federally-dictated policies, please read this update from NEA on IDEA, testing, and accountability. As we get answers or more information, we will share them via email, our website, or on our social media pages.

Upcoming MSEA Events

Here is the current status for MSEA’s upcoming spring events:

• MSEA Retired Workshop on April 23 has been postponed

• MSEA ESP/IPD Conference on May 2 has been canceled 

• MSEA Spring RA on May 16 has been canceled. MSEA's next two-year budget will be considered at the 2020 Fall RA in Ocean City. 

Maryland’s Primary Election

Remember: any registered voter can already skip the polls and vote by mail by signing up for an absentee ballot. Click here to learn more and register for an absentee ballot. Note that Maryland's primary election has been rescheduled to June out of public health concerns.

Moving Forward

Please know that we’re here if you need us. We will remain focused on helping members, on doing what we can to ensure that children have their basic needs taken care of, and supporting all educators, particularly those who are hourly workers and should be paid even if they are prevented from coming to school due to closures. Please check our social media pages on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram for additional updates.

We Are Here to Answer Your Questions

Do you have a question that wasn't addressed on this page? Send it to feedback@mseanea.org. If your question is local-specific, we suggest that you reach out to your local association or Uniserv director directly. You can find the local association contact info and directory here. 

Other Helpful Links

MSEA Convention

Click on the links below to learn more. 

Frequently Asked Questions
What is an RA?
Hotels in Ocean City

2019 MSEA NEW BUSINESS ITEMS: FIRST QUARTER REPORT

Click here for the first quarter status report of the 2019 MSEA new business items passed at the 2019 MSEA RA.