Accomack County Public Schools shares hybrid plan for fall 2020 instruction

Accomack County public schools has concluded the best scenario for its school system this fall would be a hybrid learning plan with the option of total virtual instruction. Following the work of a task force 21-strong, with 39 different subcommittee members, a "Return-to-Learn" plan for its third phase of reopening was compiled to be shared at a school board meeting Tuesday night. (Delmarva)

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‘I needed to do something more': Baltimore teacher delivers for her school families

Sarita Sullivan quit her job in Washington, D.C., five years ago and moved to Baltimore to make a difference in the aftermath of Freddie Gray’s death. “I felt like I needed to do something more,” she said. She quickly fell in love with the city, living in Mount Vernon and Charles Village before moving to her current neighborhood, Midtown. She became a teacher in the hope of making a difference in the lives of the next generation. (Balt Sun)

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Harford schools seeking to hire consultant to look at redistricting, evaluate capital projects

Harford County Public Schools are looking for a consultant to help them rebalance school enrollment, evaluating whether districts need to be redrawn in the most crowded areas of the county and examine the school system’s planned capital improvements. According to a request for qualification, the school system is searching for a consultant that could study and recommend a course of action to balance enrollment over the whole school system, which has seen growth after years of flat enrollment. It will also evaluate the proposed replacement and renovation of Homestead-Wakefield Elementary School and other capital projects. (Balt Sun)

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Montgomery County Public Schools to start year virtual-only

Montgomery County Public Schools will start the school year with virtual-only learning for the first semester, the superintendent announced Tuesday. The first semester is through Jan. 29, 2021; the school system will reassess the plan in November for the second semester, starting Feb. 1, 2021. This means all fall and winter sports will be canceled, said Superintendent Jack Smith in a message to the community. (Balt Sun)

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As More Maryland Schools Plan Virtual Beginnings To School Year Amid Pandemic, Parents Wonder About Education Quality

Baltimore City and Anne Arundel County have joined other local school systems in starting the next school year online only, sending parents into planning mode to make sure their kids are learning this fall. In Baltimore, schools CEO Sonja Santelises also wants to push back the start until after Labor Day. Still, she is hopeful for a hybrid of online and in-person classes at some point. (WJZ)

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On some college campuses, a new fall rite: coronavirus testing

Before it reopens next month, Colby College will require all students coming to its campus in Maine to be tested for the novel coronavirus. But that’s just the beginning of its pandemic safety plan. The private liberal arts school will require everyone on campus, from nearly 2,000 students to the college president, to swab their lower nasal cavities three times a week at the start of the semester. Then they’ll do it twice weekly until the term ends. A laboratory in Massachusetts will deliver results within 24 hours to the school in the riverfront town of Waterville. (Wash Post)

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Howard County high school students worry about what’s lost in online schooling

When Doniele Cooper, a rising senior at Wilde Lake High School, heard last week that Howard schools will start the new school year online, he was stunned. “Oh my god, are you kidding me?” he asked. “I can’t believe this.” The Howard County Board of Education approved a plan on Thursday, July 16 to teach students solely via online instruction until at least Jan. 28, answering the much-anticipated question: Would students be headed back to the classroom anytime soon amid the coronavirus pandemic? (Balt Sun)

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Baltimore City schools delay return to in-person classes until later in the fall

Baltimore City public school leaders announced on Monday that they will delay the start of in-person teaching until later this fall, saying they were trying to balance health concerns during the pandemic with the need to get the most vulnerable students back to learning. Schools CEO Sonja Santelises said the decision was made after consultation with families and staff. A majority of parents want a return to some type of in-person school, but Baltimore’s teacher union did not support a return. (Balt Sun)

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