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’s Back to School Teletown Hall

On September 3, MSEA held a statewide teletown hall to discuss reopening schools, safety measures, job and privacy concerns, and much more. Click here to listen to a recording of the call.

Frequently Asked Questions

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

FAQ: Distance learning, data privacy, and contractual issues for educators

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

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

FAQ: ADA and whistleblower protections

FAQ: Unemployment

FAQ: ADA and leave options

FAQ: How does the State Board’s September 1 action on school schedules impact you?

Professional Resources

Best practices for teaching with technology during coronavirus closures

NEA Member Benefits discount program on remote teaching and teleworking equipment

MSEA’s Educator Self-Care Toolkit

The Framework for Remote Teaching from The Danielson Group

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.

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 Educate at 8 (formerly Learn More at 4)

We are holding a frequent updates via Facebook Live, typically every other Wednesdays at 8 p.m. featuring MSEA President Cheryl Bost and MSEA General Counsel Kristy Anderson, called “Educate at 8.” 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. 

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.

Join MSEA

Now more than ever, it’s important for educators to stick together. MSEA has your back and will keep fighting for the answers, support, and resources that educators deserve. Click here to join.

FAQs from Spring School Closures

Following are a number of FAQs that we published this past spring when coronavirus forced our schools to physically close. For FAQs specific to the 2020-21 school year, please see the FAQ section above.

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

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

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

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. 

Other Helpful Links

Local School System Reopening Plans for SY 2020-2021

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