Charles County expands mobile meal bus service for students

Charles County, Maryland, has expanded its mobile meal bus service for students to more locations. Starting Wednesday, school buses will deliver meals to additional locations Monday through Friday. And more sites may be added as they are finalized, a Charles County Public Schools news release said. The mobile meal bags are free for all children ages 2 to 18, and they include heat-and-serve food items. (WTOP)

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Parent groups in six counties ask Maryland leaders to prioritize reopening public schools

Parents from six public school districts in central Maryland are calling on Gov. Larry Hogan and state education and health officials to give families the option of attending in-person classes. The organization, which claims to represent 10,000 parents from Baltimore, Harford, Howard, Charles, Frederick and Montgomery counties, wrote to state leaders Tuesday morning, saying that parents are concerned about the “detrimental impact of prolonged school closure on children.” (Balt Sun)

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Local school districts are still deciding whether to return to in-person learning

Local boards of education, back from the holiday break, are picking up the conversation on whether to continue virtual learning or allow students to return to in-person learning. Baltimore County's Board of Education is meeting Tuesday night while others districts are set meet to decide what education will look like in this new year. Baltimore County is picking up where it left off, and so far with no firm decision on when students will be allowed back into school buildings. In the meantime, parent patience appears to be running thin. (WBAL)

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Johns Hopkins University Wins $400K Grant To Help Black Cancer Patients

A grant totaling $399,924 will help Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore fund improved cancer treatment options for Black patients in the area. Researchers say they will use the money on a two-year project focused on Black women with Gynecologic Cancer. This expands on a similar project in 2017, which was aimed at addressing disproportionate challenges to Black communities like access to housing, transportation and food. (WJZ-TV)

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Cecil County Schools To Bring Back Some Students For In-Person Learning

A small number of Cecil County Public schools students will return to the classroom next week. The school system said they are confident they can “serve a small number of students safely by maintaining our safety protocols.” They will return on January 11 and get face-to-face instruction on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. (WJZ-TV)

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No change in plans regarding return to in-person learning in Harford County, schools spokesperson says

A Harford County Public Schools spokesperson says there has been no change in plans to bring local students learning virtually back for in-person instruction, even as a group of parents statewide called on kids to return to classrooms and one central Maryland school district voted to bring students back for hybrid learning this week. Parents from six public school districts in central Maryland, including Harford, are calling on Gov. Larry Hogan and state education and health officials to give families the option of attending in-person classes. (Aegis)

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Anne Arundel County Public Schools survey respondents split on when to start school year

The parents, teachers and students who responded to a survey about the 2021-2022 school year calendar were evenly split on whether to start on Aug. 30 or Sept. 8. The Board of Education of Anne Arundel County will adopt a calendar for next school year this Wednesday evening, informed by the results of a survey that more than 15,000 people responded to between Dec. 8 and Dec. 18. The survey was available in English and Spanish, and the results have been posted online at www.aacps.org/calendar. (Capital)

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FCPS: Rising metrics forced hand in return to virtual learning

The decision to suspend small group instruction and winter sports practices and return Frederick County Public Schools to an entirely virtual mode was made quickly after the New Year following spikes in county health metrics. Frederick County Public Schools Superintendent Terry Alban said in an email Monday to the News-Post that the surge of cases seen after Thanksgiving combined with concerns over the growing number of hospitalizations in the county prompted the decision, which was announced to the public on Sunday. (News-Post)

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