More Baltimore City School students are failing in virtual learning, according to Baltimore City Schools CEO Sonja Santelises.

Santelises shared the new figures with the city school board commissioners during Tuesday night's meeting. She says they looked over the first quarter grades of 2019 and compared them to the first quarter of the new school year and found the numbers went up from 38% to 60% among students in grades six through 12. Ninth graders had the biggest percentage of students failing at least one class, according to Santelises.

"Unfortunately, student grades and our assessments in the first quarter demonstrate that the actual learning loss and its subsequent effects on students' academic achievement was even more dramatic and widespread than we originally feared, " Santelises said.

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About 2,000 students have been taking in-person classes at 40 in-person learning sites for months now. And Santelises says they plan to bring more students back into classrooms in the coming weeks. A comprehensive plan is expected to be released on Thursday, but parts of it were shared Tuesday night. 

The CEO said there will be opportunities for kindergarten through fifth grade students and some high school students to go back to those learning sites. Town Hall meetings are set next week for staff and the public regarding the new plan. Read more at WBAL