Carroll County school board tentatively picks Jan. 7 for return to hybrid learning; winter sports practice to start Dec. 14

Carroll County public school students could be back in buildings for hybrid learning on Jan. 7 and winter high school sports practice will begin Dec. 14. Carroll County Board of Education members voted unanimously during Wednesday’s meeting to set Jan. 7 as the tentative date to return to hybrid, assuming key metrics are back within Maryland State Department of Education guidelines. The school board will meet Jan. 4, discuss the county’s coronavirus case numbers and determine whether to send students back to in-person classes. (Carr Co Times)

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Baltimore County Public Schools Students Return For Virtual Learning After Ransomware Cyber Attack Forced Classes To Pause

Thousands of Baltimore County Public Schools students returned to their virtual classrooms on Wednesday after a ransomware cyber attack. The cyber attack took down the county’s website on Thanksgiving week, and it forced the third-largest school district in Maryland to cancel classes for three days. The district’s information technology department was able to find a work-around that allowed teachers to resume online instructions with all students, approximately 115,000 pupils. (WJZ)

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Anne Arundel opportunity gap report looks at requiring equity analyses, changes to discipline procedures

Closing the opportunity gap will be an all-hands-on-deck effort in Anne Arundel County. Members of Anne Arundel County Public Schools met with County Executive Steuart Pittman via a livestreamed Zoom call Monday night to talk about the joint effort to address persistent disparities in academic performance between white students and Black students. (Balt Sun)

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Private schools seeing few COVID-19 cases despite spike in Carroll County

John Polasko, president of Gerstell Academy in Finksburg, said the school has been lucky to have had few COVID-19 cases during a time when cases have been on the rise in Carroll County and throughout Maryland. Private schools, which have seen an increase in enrollment largely attributed to offering more in-person learning than public school, have seen relatively few outbreaks this school year at least in part as a result of small class sizes, resources and protocols. (Carr CO Times)

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A new era: County Board of Education swears in three members, chooses new leadership

A fresh Frederick County Board of Education took over Wednesday with three new members, a new president and a new vice president. Sue Johnson, Jason “Mr. J” Johnson and David Bass were sworn in as new members following their wins in the recent Board of Education election. Board members Jay Mason and Karen Yoho were elected as the new president and vice president, respectively. (News-Post)

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Towson University gets $5.3M gift from alumnus

A Towson University alum has given a $5.3 million donation to the school, the largest single donation from an alum in the institution’s 154 years, school officials said. The gift is from Fran Soistman Jr., a 1979 graduate who went on to found Healthcare Management & Transformation Advisory Services and to serve in several other health care leadership roles, The Baltimore Sun reported. (Daily Record)

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Howard County Autism Society donates communication boards for nonverbal students to eight elementary schools

Before the coronavirus pandemic, Katie Gandy would watch her 8-year-old son play on the playground and wish it could be more inclusive for him. It was nice to see him play with his friends, she said, but as a child who is nonverbal and has autism, he had to carry around his iPad to utilize the assistive technology to communicate with his peers. (Balt Sun)

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Anne Arundel County Schools Athletics Season To Begin Virtually Monday

Anne Arundel County Public Schools’ student-athletes who are participating in winter athletics will begin meeting with coaches virtually on Monday. The Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletics Association (MPSSAA) decided this fall that a competitive winter athletics season could begin on December 7. The current case rate in Anne Arundel County exceeds metrics where it is advisable to conduct in-person practices to begin to prepare for competition, the school system said. (WJZ)

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