16-Year-Old Pilot Flies Medical Supplies to Rural Hospitals

TJ Kim can’t play lacrosse -- COVID-19 took the sport away. And at age 16, he can’t drive alone. But Kim can fly. And he’s turned his flying lessons into missions of mercy, bringing desperately needed supplies to rural hospitals in need. Each week, he carries gloves, masks, gowns and other equipment to small hospitals. When he made his first delivery, on March 27 to a 25-bed hospital in Luray, he was taken aback by the reception. (AP)

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UMD Carey Law School creates student COVID-19 emergency fund

The University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law has created an emergency fund to help students in need during the COVID-19 crisis with help from Maryland Carey Law alumni, the UMB Foundation, and AccessLex. Law school Dean Donald B. Tobin said the university is committed to helping its students, many who are facing loss of income, food and housing insecurities, mental health concerns and complicated family situations. (Daily Record)

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Is ‘distance learning’ secure? Montgomery Co. leaders say yes

Maryland’s largest school system is in the middle of its second week of a distance learning program that has students at home trying to adjust to a new way of life during the coronavirus pandemic. All things considered, Montgomery County leaders say the program has gotten off to a smooth start — but there is a lot more work to be done. “This is a gradual ramping up,” said Chris Lloyd, president of the county teachers’ union. “We’ve tried to work to establish a schedule that folks can see their teachers on and that we can get going on some instruction.” (WTOP)

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Schools CEO says grades may not count against students

Baltimore Schools CEO Sonja Santelises is hinting that students whose grades have dropped since the start of distance learning may not be penalized. The lack of tech access, together with physical, mental and economic stresses, could make grading unfair for some students during the current pandemic. “We don’t want their grades hurt because of something that is way beyond their control,” she told the City Council at a virtual meeting last night. (Brew)

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An Arundel Middle student missed his school resource officer. So the officer brought a dance party to his house to beat the coronavirus closure.

Turning on “Good Morning Baltimore” from the musical “Hairspray” on her loudspeaker, a school resource officer is seen walking out of her patrol car to start dancing in a video posted on Facebook. Earlier in the day, Cpl. Ashley Carpenter received a message from an Arundel Middle parent to see if she could talk to Andrew Ladd, a 13-year-old student from Crofton. “I told her I would but I responded — I’d love to do something even better if she didn’t mind. I asked her if I could come to her house and have a little dance party with him,” Carpenter said. (Capital)

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A Maryland Spanish teacher becomes her school’s second victim of the coronavirus

Nearly everyone who crossed paths with Spanish teacher Annis Creese — students, colleagues, her nieces and nephews, even the man who drove the bus she took to work — could feel her warmth, which she projected so strongly that some of the kids she taught called her “Mom.” But not everyone knew her story: the incredible odds she beat to get from St. Vincent and Grenadines, where she was born to a domestic worker, to a classroom in Hyattsville, Md. (Wash Post)

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Baltimore City, County Schools Start Online Classes This Week

Maryland school buildings are still closed, but the learning is back on! Baltimore County and City Schools start their online classes Monday. Students will continue their lessons remotely to ensure that even through this tough time, they can still keep up with their studies. City schools has partnered with “Knowledge on the Go” to give video lessons from “Great Minds” a public benefit corporation that provides curricula to students nationwide. They are also using a new set of distance learning packets each week for students to download on their distance learning webpage. (WJZ)

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MCPS food distribution workers in Wheaton area test positive for coronavirus

Two Montgomery County Public Schools staff members who helped distribute free meals to students tested positive for the coronavirus, the school district announced Monday night. The two staff members worked at the Glen Haven Elementary School site in Wheaton. (Bethesda Beat)

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