Cecil County Schools Will Begin Fall Semester Online; Some Small Groups Of Students Will Get Face-To-Face Learning

Most public school students in Cecil County will begin the 2020-2021 school year virtually due to the coronavirus pandemic. Cecil County Public Schools announced on Monday they will begin a “virtual classroom model” for students on September 1. Small groups of students “based on the needs of children” will be able to take part in face-to-face instruction beginning the following week. (WJZ)

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This Maryland college could 'perish' due to Covid-19, one analysis says

Universities and colleges across the U.S. have faced an onslaught of costly challenges since March due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Mass campus shutdowns, fee refunds and transitions to online learning, in addition to expenses from bringing students back to campuses in the fall, have caused billions of dollars in revenue losses for institutions. The unprecedented circumstances have led industry experts to speculate about how many schools will not be able to weather the storm. One recent analysis suggests at least one Maryland institution — St. John's College — may not make it out alive. (Balt Bus Journal)

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Maryland college students share $46k in scholarships after creating opioid-awareness videos

Twenty-five students from four Maryland colleges will share in $46,000 in scholarship funds after creating opioid-awareness videos this spring. Maryland’s Higher Education Commission created a contest for students interested in helping to combat opioid abuse among their college peers. The commission asked students to learn about opioid abuse by attending in-person or virtual retreats. (WTOP)

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Parent urges Anne Arundel County schools to resume in-person learning for students with disabilities

Anne Arundel County schools have transitioned to online learning and will continue virtual classes in the fall, but some parents whose children have disabilities say it’s time for face-to-face instruction to resume. Adam Wyndham is the parents of a little girl with Rett Syndrome and he has started an online petition demanding Anne Arundel County schools begin in person instruction to better support her, and other students with disabilities. (WTOP)

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‘I feel like it’s the best decision’: Montgomery County student leader on all-virtual start

Just weeks ago, 17-year-old Nick Asante had posed next to the sign with his name on it in the Montgomery County School Board of Education parking lot. Now, Asante, the recently elected student member of the school board, has learned that the first semester of his senior year at Richard Montgomery High School will be spent distance learning. (WTOP)

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Institute Of Notre Dame Class Of 2020 Gathers For One Last Commencement Ceremony As School Closes

It wasn’t the senior year the students at the Institute of Notre Dame imagined, but in the end, they were able to come together and collect the diplomas they worked so hard to receive. The 156th Institute of Notre Dame commencement ceremony was held Sunday morning, after the school announced in May it is closing its doors for good. (WJZ-TV)

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Wicomico teachers union speaks out against in-person start to the school year

Superintendent of Maryland schools Karen Salmon said Wednesday the state will allow flexibility to local school systems to make decisions on reopening. These final plans are expected by mid-August. Wicomico County public schools set a target date of Aug. 1, in a press conference July 14, to deliver a final decision on the upcoming structure. Roughly nine jurisdictions across Maryland — and most recently Somerset County — have indicated to the State Department of Education they plan to start the fall completely online. (Delmarva)

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Education advocates warn thousands of Maryland children will fall behind academically without in-person schooling

While the decision to keep central Maryland school buildings closed through January may protect students and staff from the coronavirus, education advocates say the choice also means thousands of children will likely suffer lifelong academic consequences. The historic gaps in achievement between low-income students of color and middle-class students will grow deeper, they say, even as protesters across the nation call for a reckoning on racial inequities. (Balt Sun)

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