Safeguarding Virtual Education for Students and Educators

“Protecting the quality and access to public education is essential no matter how a child receives their lessons. While we believe in-person learning is essential for relationship-building, community-building, and the social-emotional growth of students, there may be cases where virtual learning is necessary,” says Cheryl Bost, MSEA president. “In these cases, it is paramount that documented guardrails are in place to maintain the stable and equitable teaching and learning that students, families, communities, and educators deserve.”

It’s clear that as students and educators return to fuller in-person instruction we must ensure equity and opportunity for all students and educators and protect quality and connectedness with local systems. These guardrails should include ensuring that virtual learning educators are employees of local school systems and oversight, operations, and curriculum are driven by local school boards. As MSEA works on virtual learning legislation with members of the General Assembly, the highlights thus far center around safeguarding issues of certification, access, opportunity, and more. At press time, this list of priorities includes:

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