Pr. George’s school system previews its online learning plan

When the new school year opens in Prince George’s County, teachers are expected to give live lessons online daily. Attendance will be taken. And school will be a fuller experience than when the pandemic shuttered campuses across the nation in the spring. The first look at the path ahead in Prince George’s comes in a 152-page reopening draft report put forward by Maryland’s second-largest school system, ahead of a school board discussion Thursday about the return to virtual instruction as classes resume on Aug. 31. (Wash Post)

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NJAC suspends fall sports, including Salisbury football

The New Jersey Athletic Conference announced Tuesday fall sports and league championships are suspended for 2020, which ends football season for Salisbury University in Maryland before it begins. “The NJAC will pursue every avenue within the NCAA governance structure to explore the provision of a competitive season for the fall sport student-athletes during the spring 2021 semester and allow them to engage in practice and training opportunities during the fall 2020 semester,” the Division III conference said in a statement. (WTOP)

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Frederick County school board to discuss reopening plan Wednesday

The Frederick County, Maryland, Board of Education will meet Wednesday to decide how it will reopen schools for the 2020-2021 academic year. At a meeting before the Maryland State Board of Education, Frederick County School Superintendent Dr. Theresa Alban said a recent survey of teachers and parents revealed there was “an incredible amount of fear” about bringing students back into the classroom. (WTOP)

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Relations between teachers union, MCPS come full circle over three decades

From contentious contract talks to pointed disagreements on coping with COVID-19, there’s ample evidence of “growing tension” between the local teachers union and Montgomery County Public Schools, as union President Chris Lloyd described it. But if the current strain is a marked departure from the norms of recent years, it underscores that labor-management relations have come full circle the past three decades. (Bethsda)

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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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