Baltimore County Public Schools To Bring Back School-Based Staff, Small Groups Of Students This November

The decision to reopen schools for in-person learning has been a tough one across Maryland with many remaining virtual. On Thursday, Baltimore County Public Schools announced plans to bring some students back into the classroom in November. “This is a big thing, and we know there’s going to be a lot of anxiety,” said Baltimore County Schools spokesman Brandon Orland. (WJZ)

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Two Archbishop Spalding High students test positive for coronavirus; private school pivots to online learning through Friday

Two Archbishop Spalding High School students tested positive for the coronavirus a weekend after students had an “off-campus social gathering,” according to a letter sent to families of the private school in Severn on Wednesday. The school will pivot to online learning for Thursday through Friday to do contact tracing after receiving guidance from the Archdiocese of Baltimore. The school also reached out to the county health department for follow-up guidance and procedures, the letter signed by President Kathleen Mahar reads. (Balt Sun)

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After photo of teacher giving finger to Trump sticker goes viral, John Carroll School dismisses her, changes social media policies

A recently hired John Carroll history teacher became the subject of a social media firestorm last week after a two-year old photo of her surfaced making an obscene gesture toward a bumper sticker supporting President Donald Trump. Now, the teacher has been fired from the Bel Air Catholic school, and John Carroll administration overhauled its presence on social media, removing a public Facebook page and setting up private pages for current students, parents and alumni. (Balt Sun)

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Salisbury University president: 'We intend to remain open'

Salisbury University currently has no plans to close campus operations, according to president Charles Wight. In a Thursday briefing, Wight reported SU has passed 400 positive COVID-19 cases and tallied a 4.3% overall positivity rate; 372 of those cases were reported in the past seven days as Salisbury concluded its mandatory testing period for students, faculty and staff. However, the university president was adamant the campus will stay open despite an increase in cases. SU's weekly positivity rate, which currently sits at 6.2%, still trails Wicomico County and the state of Maryland. (Delmarva)

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Infection rates soar in college towns as students return

Just two weeks after students started returning to Ball State University last month, the surrounding county had become Indiana’s coronavirus epicenter. Out of nearly 600 students tested for the virus, more than half have been positive. Dozens of infections have been blamed on off-campus parties, prompting university officials to admonish students. (AP)

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Schools reopening: Here’s how Maryland jurisdictions are handling the academic school year amid the coronavirus pandemic

Maryland’s state schools superintendent announced July 22 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. (Balt Sun)

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Howard County To Hold Focus Groups, Town Hall On School Resource Officers Following Vote To Keep Program

Students, parents and community members will be able to take part in a number of focus groups and a town hall meeting to discuss the future of the school resource officer program within the Howard County Public School System. The school system will hold a number of focus groups in October and the town hall in November. Further details were not immediately available. (WJZ)

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Anne Arundel County school officials test new online system for second semester

At least 80 Anne Arundel County school officials, administrators and teachers were able to experiment with the new online learning management system for two weeks. During the Anne Arundel Board of Education meeting on Tuesday, school officials provided updates on what the online learning management system will look like for schools. They also decided to resume in-person board meetings for the board members starting Oct. 7, although the public will still have to watch online. (Balt Sun)

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