Montgomery County schools food distribution staffer tests positive for COVID-19

A food and nutrition services staff member in Montgomery County, Maryland, reported a positive COVID-19 test Friday, according to a news release. Montgomery County Public Schools said the employee last worked on Oct. 14 at Glen Haven Elementary in Wheaton. The staff member was wearing a mask and gloves while working at the school’s distribution site. According to the release, discussions with the Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services have determined that students and families’ risk level is low.  (WTOP)

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School board candidates weigh in on schools opening, online learning

Candidates in school board races in Maryland are grappling with questions faced by school systems nationally about when and whether to open schools amid the pandemic and if online learning is sufficient. In suburban Montgomery County, three seats are contested on an eight-member school board that makes policy decisions for Maryland’s largest school system, which has more than 161,000 students and 24,000 employees. (Wash Post)

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Anne Arundel elementary schools look for volunteers for hybrid learning as parents ask how to help

Anne Arundel County schools are looking for volunteers to help when elementary school students return to buildings in November, as some parents look to support schools and others were skeptical of volunteer involvement during the coronavirus pandemic. A flyer being distributed details what volunteers would do: help for two hours for lunch, recess and quiet time. It states that a volunteer can sign up for two days a week or all four days and stay with the same group of students of no more than 12. (Capital)

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Maryland virtual learning strike set to take place October 19th – 25th to get all kids back in school

A group in Maryland, Return2Learn MD Schools, is participating in a multi-state protest Called “Zoom Out 2020 Kids on Strike.” This is a campaign where parents and students will refuse to log in to remote learning during the week of October 19th to the 25th. “We really want to shut down the virtual learning that’s not really learning and a good replacement for it. We also want our voices to be heard,” says Trish Stone, the co-founder of Return2Learn MD Schools. (ABC)

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Caroline County School Closes For 2 Weeks After 8 Staff Members Test Positive For COVID-19

A school in Caroline County will close for two weeks after eight staff members tested positive for COVID-19. During the week ending October 14, Greensboro Elementary School had two staff members test positive for the virus. Over the weekend, six more staff members tested positive as well. (WJZ-TV)

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Prince George’s County Council votes to move forward with public-private partnership to build schools

The Prince George’s County Council voted Thursday to advance a plan to build six schools using a public-private partnership, a first-of-its kind initiative that council members said will improve the quality of schools for thousands of children. The vote on the resolution, which outlined the governance structure for the partnership, was postponed by the council Tuesday following criticism by advocates, including on whether there was sufficient involvement of minority-owned businesses. (Wash Post)

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First-year college enrollment plummets 16% for the fall as coronavirus pandemic wears on: Survey

First-year enrollment for college students dropped precipitously over fall 2020 amid the coronavirus pandemic, a national survey found. First-year college enrollment dropped by 16.1%, a major reduction when compared to fall 2019, which saw only a 0.4% decrease in enrollment, the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center found in a report released Thursday. Overall undergraduate enrollment at colleges saw a 4% drop, while graduate enrollment increased this fall by 2.7%. (Wash Examiner)

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Baltimore Teachers Union Blasts City Schools’ Decision To Bring Some Students Back For In-Person Learning

Less than a day after Baltimore City School leaders announced some students will be back in the classroom in November, the Teachers’ Union has a stern response. When the news broke Wednesday, the union said they were left in the dark. “That’s the most disrespectful thing our school district could have ever done,” Diamonte Brown, President of Baltimore Teachers’ Union, said. (WJZ)

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