3 University Of Maryland Student-Athletes, Staff Test Positive For COVID-19; Voluntary Football Workouts Resume

The University of Maryland’s most recent screening of student-athletes and athletics staff found three people tested positive for COVID-19. The three student-athletes and athletics staff have been notified and are currently in self-isolation, monitored by health officials, the University said. (WJZ)

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Somerset schools to begin fall virtually, move start date after Labor Day

The Somerset County Board of Education has unanimously voted to begin the school year virtually amid the COVID-19 pandemic. It was one of two major pieces of news that came out of the board's Tuesday meeting — the other being the shift of the school year's start date to after Labor Day. Superintendent John Gaddis explained in a subsequent Facebook video that 60% of parents told the school system they were concerned and would not be sending their children back to school, and 70% of teachers said they were concerned about returning to in-person instruction as well. (Delmarva)

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Maryland schools superintendent stresses ‘local flexibility’ for fall reopening, doesn’t mandate virtual start

Maryland’s state schools superintendent announced Wednesday that schools should set a goal of returning students to classrooms by the end of the year, but allowed districts to make their own decision on virtual versus in-person instruction when fall classes begin. School systems can choose to implement a more restrictive recovery plan than the state’s, but the driving goal should be returning students to in-person instruction, Superintendent of Schools Karen Salmon said. She spoke at a news conference with Republican Gov. Larry Hogan at the State House in Annapolis. (Balt Sun)

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Baltimore County schools to reopen virtually for fall semester, postpone fall and winter sports

When Baltimore County students return to school in September, they will do so from behind a computer screen for the duration of the fall semester.The athletic season also will be canceled during virtual instruction or until the school system determines it’s safe for organized sports teams to gather, per Baltimore County Public Schools’ draft reopening plan. (Balt Sun)

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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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