Questions linger over plans to go back into Montgomery County school buildings

As school districts across the D.C. region make plans for the start of the school year, the president of the Montgomery County Education Association in Maryland said teachers would prefer to be back with their students. “Gosh, teachers really want to get back and work with kids in the classroom. There’s no substitute for that,” Christopher Lloyd said. (WTOP)

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Howard County schools will be fully online through at least January due to the coronavirus pandemic

The Howard County Public School System will start the 2020-21 academic year with 100% virtual instruction through at least January due to the coronavirus pandemic. The Board of Education approved the plan during its Thursday meeting to have online learning for the first and second quarters of the school year, which end Jan. 28. (Balt Sun)

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Harford schools will have virtual learning through late January, with limited space open for internet access, staff support

Harford County Public Schools’ students will be taught virtually for the first half of the 2020-2021 school year. However, the school system will offer “Learning Support Centers” at schools where a limited number of students will have internet access and supervision by an HCPS employee. A town hall meeting on plans for next year is scheduled for 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. tonight. The meeting can be viewed online via Microsoft Teams, with a link available on the school system’s website. (Balt Sun)

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Wicomico Schools Present Three Options For Return

School officials in Wicomico County are asking parents to provide feedback as they finalize plans for academic instruction this fall. On July 28, the Wicomico County Board of Education will hold a special meeting to vote on a final plan for the start of the 2020-2021 academic year. (Dispatch)

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School districts in Central Maryland start to provide clarity about what the fall school year will look like amid the coronavirus

School districts across Central Maryland and the Baltimore region are finally beginning to provide clarity about what schools will look like for the 2020-2021 academic school year as the region continues to grapple with the coronavirus. Both Harford and Howard counties announced decisions Thursday to teach students virtually through late January. The decision follows what some other school systems in the area are choosing. (Balt Sun)

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USM chancellor hails retraction of 'capricious, misguided' student visa rule change

Federal government officials agreed to rescind the Department of Homeland Security and Immigration and Customs Enforcement's new rules for international students that roiled colleges and universities this week. Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology earlier this month filed a lawsuit seeking to stop the rules. Hundreds of higher education institutions and associations across the U.S. joined them in opposing the new policies, including several in Greater Washington providing legal assistance. And attorneys general from D.C., Maryland and Virginia this week joined 15 other states in a separate lawsuit against the policy. (Wash Bus Journal)

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Prince George’s County schools to continue with distance learning through at least February

Prince George’s County schools will ask students to learn from home through at least February to protect the health of the community during the coronavirus pandemic. Public Schools CEO Monica Goldson said her administration will reevaluate conditions in December. If it is safe to do so in February, students will have the option of returning part-time and the district will start a staggered schedule where students learn in-person two days and from a distance the other three. (Balt Sun)

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Montgomery County schools mull ‘not great’ return options, address sex assault claims

The exact plan for the 2020-21 school year in Montgomery County, Maryland, remains in question, but the school board set a date for when more details will become available. In a Wednesday media briefing, Montgomery County Public Schools Superintendent Jack Smith said “there are not great options” for a return to school buildings in the fall. (Balt Sun)

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