Board of Ed election: Joanna Bache Tobin leads District 6, Corine Frank leads District 3; top two from districts move on to general election

Joanna Bache Tobin leads in the Anne Arundel Board of Education District 6 election while Corine Frank leads in District 3 following the release of initial mail-in ballots and in-person vote counts. The historic primary took place largely via mail due to the coronavirus pandemic, but more than 42,000 residents across the state chose to vote in person. The result was long, socially distanced lines at a reduced number of polling centers. And a late night of processing results. The top two vote-getters in the primary will move onto the general election. (Balt Sun)

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UM School of Medicine’s Institute of Human Virology awarded $4M in COVID-19 grants

The Center for International Health, Education and Biosecurity (Ciheb) at the University of Maryland School of Medicine’s Institute of Human Virology Wednesday was awarded $4 million from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to support coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) response activities in Botswana, Nigeria, Malawi, and Mozambique. In Nigeria, the award of $2.1 million will support a population-based epidemiological study to estimate COVID-19 prevalence in communities, household transmission, the proportion of subclinical infections, and risk factors for infection, using methods similar to the WHO Unity Studies to ensure comparability across countries. (Daily Record)

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Virtual ceremonies to kick off after coronavirus pandemic pushes Howard County’s graduations online

Pre-recorded virtual graduations for the Howard County Public School System’s 12 county high schools and Cedar Lane School will begin streaming online Thursday through Tuesday on a staggered schedule. The traditional, in-person ceremonies were canceled back in April because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, which also closed schools in the county and state through this academic year. Each school will hold in-person celebrations “when health guidelines allow for closer contact,” according to the school system website. (Balt Sun)

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Baltimore City Schools To Hold Virtual, District-Wide Graduation Ceremony For Class Of 2020

With graduation ceremonies canceled nationwide due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Baltimore City Schools are getting creative to honor the Class of 2020. City Schools will hold a virtual, district-wide graduation ceremony next Tuesday night at 6 p.m. on the City Schools’ Facebook and YouTube pages. (WJZ)

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Unsure of coronavirus impact, Anne Arundel schools plan to fully reopen, continue online learning or something in between

With uncertainty surrounding the future of the coronavirus pandemic, Anne Arundel County Public Schools are preparing for multiple scenarios for the next school year. At Wednesday’s livestreamed school board meeting, Superintendent George Arlotto spoke about three options schools face for the fall: reopening schools for all students, keeping buildings closed and resuming online learning, and a combination of the two where students come back to the building part time and spend the rest of the time in online learning. (Balt Sun)

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Institute Of Notre Dame Alums Hope To Save School From Shutting Its Doors For Good

The Institute of Notre Dame is set to close June 30, but there’s a local group who is determined to save it. They’re called “Saving IND” and they’re trying to preserve over 170 years of history and education. Nearly a month after the prestigious Institute of Notre Dame announced they’d be closing their doors for good after years of financial trouble along with a worldwide health pandemic, the sense of denial was evident for those who call it home. (WJZ-TV)

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Frederick County Board of Education primary results still not called

The official results for the Frederick County Board of Education primary race are unlikely to be called for at least another week. Frederick County Election Director Stuart Harvey said canvassing of ballots would continue through June 12. Because thousands of ballots still need to be counted and recorded, it's likely county voters won't know until the final day which Board of Education candidate has been eliminated from the general election race this fall. (News-Post)

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Maryland Universities Plan In-Person Learning For Fall Semester After Moving Online Due To Coronavirus

With COVID-19 forcing most schools to finish out the year remotely, some local colleges and universities are now saying they plan to reopen their campuses for the fall semester. Loyola University, Morgan State University, Coppin State University, Towson University and the University of Maryland all plan to open this fall. (WJZ-TV)

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