Baltimore City Council taps youth fund to help kids access distance learning, food during coronavirus pandemic

The City Council voted Monday to use at least $9 million from the Baltimore Children and Youth Fund to buy kids food and laptops and internet for distance learning during the coronavirus pandemic. City Council President Brandon Scott said the withdrawal aligns with the purpose of the fund to address systemic inequalities in Baltimore, which the crisis has only made more clear. About $6 million will go toward boxed meals being distributed at city recreation centers, as well as groceries for families without enough to eat. (Balt Sun)

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University System of Maryland panel to work on timeline for possible fall reopening

University System of Maryland Chancellor Jay Perman announced Monday that he is forming an advisory group to help set a potential date for students to return to campus ― and plan for what steps need to happen before then. On a conference call with other board members, Perman said it’s time to shift planning for the fall semester now that university officials have decided the first summer session will be conducted online during the continuing coronavirus pandemic. His first priority is establishing a date for students to return to campus. (Balt Sun)

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University of Maryland nursing students entering workforce to help deal with the coronavirus

Graduation was less than a month away for Debbie Sahlin, a student at the University of Maryland School of Nursing, when she was presented with a choice she couldn’t have seen coming when the entered the school as a career-changing adult two years ago. She could finish her academic program, graduate May 14, take her licensure exam and apply for jobs as planned. Or she could go straight into the workforce and join an overburdened health care system in its battle against the mysterious coronavirus. (Balt Sun)

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Coronavirus Latest: Maryland Company Offering Online Education Videos For Free

With tens of thousands of children staying at home due to the coronavirus, parents are looking for a way to make their free time fulfilling. A Baltimore County company is offering some of its expertise for free to help those parents. The owners of Celebree Schools realized there’s still a need for preschool instruction no matter where a child is. While they’re still caring for children of essential workers, they also wanted to reach those staying at home. (WJZ-TV)

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Maryland education department to issue grants to child care providers facing financial stress due to coronavirus

The Maryland State Department of Education will offer relief to child care providers serving the children of essential workers in the state in the form of a one-time grant. In a statement, the department said providers will each receive a $2,000 payment by next week. It also pledged to offer “seamless, prompt” reimbursements to providers in coordination with the Maryland comptroller’s General Accounting Division. (Balt Sun)

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Letter grades get erased from school, with little consensus on how to replace them

Not long after the novel coronavirus shut down schools in Maryland and sent them scrambling to set up remote learning, Anand Chitnis turned his focus to grades. A high school junior looking ahead to college applications, he was stressed by the uncertainty. “That was one of the first things I thought about,” the Rockville teenager said. (Wash Post)


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Parents try to save Montgomery County school amid coronavirus uncertainty

While the D.C. region has no shortage of expensive, exclusive private schools, parents say the Seneca Academy in Darnestown, Maryland, isn’t one of them. But they love it, and have a passion for it just the same. “It’s not one of your chic, high-end private schools where everybody drives fancy cars and you have a ton of really wealthy people that send their children there,” said Caraline Hickman, a parent with two kids at the school. (WTOP)

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University Of Maryland School Of Nursing Students Donate Intubation Domes, Face Shields To Area Hospitals

Students from the University of Maryland School of Nursing donated two intubation domes and 10 face shields to healthcare workers battling the COVID-19 pandemic. Students from the Class of 2022 Doctor of Nursing Practice Nurse Anesthesia specialty collected $400 to purchase the equipment. Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury, Maryland, and St. Agnes Hospital in Baltimore, received the equipment. (WJZ-TV)

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