As Maryland public schools go online this fall, private and parochial schools are ready to welcome students on campus

As Maryland’s public schools announced their decisions to keep their doors closed at least for the beginning of the school year, private schools have done just the reverse — arguing they have the ability to give families the in-person classes they want while keeping students safe. Because of their small size, some experts say, private and Catholic schools are better able to make quick adjustments to their curriculum and often have more physical space to spread students out. But financial forces and teachers unions are also shaping public and private school decisions. (Balt Sun)

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Frederick High student chosen for State Department language program

Mia Venezia was supposed to spend her summer halfway across the world in Taiwan, improving her Chinese language skills and connecting with Chinese students and academics. But due to COVID-19, she is still at home in Frederick. She is still learning and connecting though. She is constantly on Zoom calls attending classes and conversing with other students through a program called the National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLIY). (News-Post)

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A Baltimore County teacher wouldn’t let the pandemic shut down lessons for her students with disabilities

Teacher Allison Engel and the rest of the staff at Ridge Ruxton School in Towson had just one day to pull off the impossible and figure out how to educate their students with disabilities over a computer screen. On Thursday, March 12, Maryland schools were closed due to the coronavirus pandemic on orders of Gov. Larry Hogan. Instruction, state teachers were told, would have to take place via remote instruction. (Balt Sun)

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Carroll County bus contractor given ‘Top Gun Award’ for 53-year perfect driving record before his death

Jim Rill, a longtime bus driver and contractor, was the smiling face that many Westminster children saw at the start of their school day for 53 years. The Carroll County School Bus Contractors Association and the Carroll County Public Schools Transportation Services Department presented him with the Top Gun Award shortly before he died July 16 after a battle with cancer. (Carr Co Times)

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Maryland mandates coronavirus tests for all students, faculty at state system colleges

Students and staff soon to arrive on the campuses of the state’s public colleges for the coming academic year must be tested in advance for the coronavirus, the University System of Maryland said Thursday. Citing recent spikes in COVID-19 cases across many parts of the country, officials said anyone arriving on the campuses must provide proof of a negative test conducted within 14 days of arrival, officials said. (Balt Sun)

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Student panelists consider countywide initiative to support LGBTQ+ youth in Anne Arundel

As a way to centralize more support for LGBTQ+ youth and allies in Anne Arundel County, student panelists considered creating a county-wide Gay-Straight Alliance from the individual clubs at schools. “You can’t fault a school for having a small GSA or the teacher for not doing enough. If you centralize it, you can do a lot of things there and have a bigger, more collective, voice,” said student board member Drake Smith. (Balt Sun)

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Carroll County Public Schools to start 2020-21 school year virtually

The Carroll County Board of Education voted unanimously Wednesday night, after more than 5½ hours of deliberation, to begin the 2020-21 school year virtually. The school system plans to reevaluate whether to move to another model by the Oct. 14 board meeting. If Carroll County Public Schools leaders decide to move to a hybrid model — with some in-person instruction — at that time, staff believe they could be ready for the start of a new academic quarter in early November. (Carr Co Times)

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Worcester County schools to go online for initial reopening

Students across the Lower Shore can now expect a virtual start to their fall semester. Worcester County schools on Thursday joined Wicomico, Somerset and Dorchester in similar decisions to start their 2020-21 academic years online and out of school buildings. Worcester schools outlined three additional phases. (Delmarva)

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