Groups Create Mental Health Tool Kits For Baltimore County Public Schools Students

With several districts starting the new school year virtually amid the coronavirus pandemic, groups are creating kits to help students engage. The Education Foundation of Baltimore County Public Schools is working with the United Way of Central Maryland, and the Michael Phelps Foundation to make 2,500 kits. (WJZ-TV)

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Howard County educators react to anti-teacher rhetoric online amid school system’s virtual learning decision

Earlier this month, shortly after the Howard County Board of Education approved online learning for county students through at least January, Jessica Nichols, like many, went to social media to see what people thought. Nichols, a social studies teacher at River Hill High School in Clarksville, visited community groups on Facebook, where she saw a few people criticizing teachers for the decision the school system and the Board of Education made. (Balt Sun)

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Maryland athletics reports zero positive COVID-19 tests in latest screening

Maryland athletics on Tuesday announced zero positive COVID-19 tests in its most recent screening of student-athletes and staff. In a news release, the athletic department said that it tested 192 individuals on July 20, none of which came back positive. In total, the department has administered 737 tests which have returned 12 positive tests, a positivity rate of 1.6%. After nine individuals tested positive for COVID-19 earlier in the month, the department suspended individual, voluntary football workouts. Those workouts resumed last week. (Balt Sun)

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Decision on Carroll County schools’ reopening could come Wednesday, with opposing demonstrations planned

In the next week, the Carroll County Public Schools community will know whether the start of the 2020-21 school year will have students and staff in school buildings part of the time or not at all. The Board of Education will vote on a reopening/recovery plan at one of its meetings, either on July 29 or Aug. 5, though CCPS officials won’t say which of those two dates will see a decision. (Carr Co Times)

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Howard University announces largest single-donor gift, from philanthropist MacKenzie Scott

Author and philanthropist MacKenzie Scott on Tuesday announced $1.7 billion in donations, including $40 million to Howard University — the largest gift from a single donor in the school’s 153-year history. Scott pledged last year to donate the majority of her wealth and said in a Medium post Tuesday that she has given to causes including racial, LGBTQ and gender equity. Scott’s former husband, Amazon founder and chief executive Jeff Bezos, owns The Washington Post. (Wash Post)

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'We want to open': How Salisbury University is preparing for fall

Campus life at Salisbury University came to a grinding halt in mid-March. As students readied for the respite of spring break, a final two days of classes were canceled to give faculty a head start on preparing for an unconventional return to instruction. With COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths mounting across Maryland and the country, the pandemic would force the spectrum of education to scramble for a new normal — remote learning. (Delmarva)

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Mental health matters: Winters Mill High School student recognized for helping peers

When the students of Winters Mill High School were separated by the coronavirus-related school closures, Diana Flores and her peers in the student organization Falcons of Strength used social media to reach out and help them cope with issues like loneliness and anxiety. The rising Winters Mill senior was recognized by the Children’s Mental Health Matters! Campaign as its 2020 Student Champion of the Year. (Balt Sun)

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Johns Hopkins University Creates Program To Teach Kids The Science Behind The Coronavirus

A new online curriculum from Johns Hopkins University aims to teach kids the science and biology of COVID-19 to help them learn how to stop the spread of the virus. Johns Hopkins pulmonary physician Dr. Panagis Galiatsatos developed the curriculum after getting calls from Baltimore teachers who were struggling to help students understand everything that’s going on with the coronavirus. (WJZ)

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