Amid increase in coronavirus cases, Johns Hopkins, Loyola opt for online-only classes this fall

Citing the rise in coronavirus cases both in Baltimore and nationwide, Johns Hopkins University and Loyola University Maryland became the latest colleges to announce that they would offer only online classes to undergraduates this fall. Hopkins officials said Thursday that the increased prevalence of infections among younger people, plus the fact that many of its students come from states considered COVID-19 hot spots, led them to reverse earlier plans to resume at least some instruction and activities on its Homewood campus in North Baltimore. (Balt Sun)

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Maryland health secretary warns counties against blanket closures of private schools

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan’s administration on Thursday renewed its attempt to prevent counties from banning in-person classes at private schools during the coronavirus pandemic, sending a memo to health officers saying that blanket school closures are contrary to state policy. The memo comes as Hogan has disagreed with Montgomery County’s decision to order private and religious school buildings to remain closed through Oct. 1 due to the coronavirus pandemic. (Balt Sun)

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Harford school families holding protest Thursday evening, calling for reopening of HCPS, no virtual classes next year

A Harford County Public Schools parent plans to hold a protest Thursday evening in Bel Air, urging school officials to allow part-time, in-person instruction during the 2020-2021 school year. The protest is scheduled to start at 6:30 p.m. along Courtland Place, between the A.A. Roberty Building — the school system headquarters — and the town parking garage at South Hickory Avenue and Courtland Place. Karen Schandelmeier, who is organizing the protest, said it will be held pending the evening’s weather. (Balt Sun)

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University System Of Maryland Chancellor Says Schools Won’t Hesitate To Shut Down If COVID-19 Cases Spike

Less than 30 days from the start of the fall semester, the usual excitement on college campuses has given way to uncertainty amid the coronavirus pandemic. Thursday, the Chancellor of the University System of Maryland described what the new school year will look like. From Western Maryland, to the Eastern Shore and in between, the 12 institutions in the University System Of Maryland will have to juggle plans on how to educate students this fall. (WJZ)

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Howard County school board approves fall reopening plan, will send to state Department of Education for review

The Howard County Board of Education on Thursday evening approved the school system’s reopening plan for the first semester of the 2020-21 academic year. The approval comes three weeks after the school board voted for a learning model of 100% online instruction through at least January due to the coronavirus pandemic. The school system can now submit the document to the Maryland State Department of Education ahead of the Aug. 14 deadline. Maryland’s Recovery Plan for Education, as laid out by the state, has 13 requirements for school districts, which the school system and board discussed at the meeting Thursday. (Balt Sun)

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WCPS offers details on 'Return to Learn' plan

During Tuesday's teleconference business meeting, the Washington County Board of Education got its first look at the district's "Return to Learn" plan, explaining how school officials will conduct the upcoming school year, which begins Aug. 31. The board unanimously voted July 14 begin the 2020-21 school year with virtual distance-learning. (Herald-Mail)

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Md. law deans endorse bar admission without exam

mid the pandemic, Maryland should permit bar applicants to forgo this fall’s online exam and be admitted if they have graduated from an American Bar Association accredited law school, pass the state’s existing tests of professional responsibility and Maryland law, and complete a character evaluation, the deans of both Maryland law schools stated Wednesday. In a joint letter to Maryland’s top judge, the deans said the state’s COVID-19-compelled administration of an abbreviated online exam in early October would be unfair to bar applicants who lack the financial or at-home resources to take the test remotely during the “unprecedented obstacles” of the public health emergency. (Daily Record)

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Loyola University Maryland To Offer Online-Only Instruction For Fall Semester

Loyola University Maryland announced Thursday they will offer online-only instruction to its undergraduate students for the fall semester. Graduate programs, which are mainly part-time programs for adult learners, will also be offered primarily online. (WJZ)

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