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. All students and educators deserve safe, healthy learning and working environments.

MSEA, BTU, Maryland PTA Call for Virtual Learning to Start Year

On July 14, MSEA, the Baltimore Teachers Union, and Maryland PTA called for at least the first semester of the 2020-21 school year to be virtual in order to protect the health and safety of Maryland students, educators, and families. Click here to read the full letter.

MSEA and Local Association Operating Status

MSEA is closed and staff are teleworking. We are continuing to support, help, and empower members as well as we possibly can during these challenging times. 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: Distance learning, data privacy, and contractual issues for educators

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: Special education and guidance for educators of students with IEPs and 504s

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

FAQ: CARES Act student loan provisions (from NEA). NEA has also posted a recording of their April 7 webinar on federal student loan relief, which you can view here.

FAQ: CARES Act one-time payments (from NEA)

FAQ: CARES Act unemployment compensation provisions (from NEA)

Professional Resources

Best practices for teaching with technology during coronavirus closures

NEA Member Benefits discount program on remote teaching and teleworking equipment

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. Click here for more information on food benefits for students who qualify for free and reduced-price meals (click here for a Spanish-language version of the same information).

MSEA’s Learn More at 4

We are holding a frequent updates via Facebook Live, typically 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. 

Join MSEA

Now more than ever, it’s important for educators to stick together. MSEA has your back. If you’re not yet a member, join today for free through our Early Enrollment program. The Early Enrollment Program offers first-time members enrollment for the next (2020-2021) membership year, plus selected benefits of membership, including coverage in the Employment Educators Liability insurance program, starting immediately upon completing the online enrollment procedure. This program is not available to you if you are now or have ever been a NEA member. Click here to join.

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 [email protected]. 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. 

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