Baltimore County Public Schools Free Meal Sites Altering Schedule For Thanksgiving Week

The free meals distribution program will have some changes next week as Thanksgiving will disrupt some scheduling. On Monday, November 23, three days’ worth of free meals will be distributed to students at more than 300 sites around the county. They will not distribute meals on Wednesday, November 25. Regular service will start back up on Monday, November 30. Meals are usually served on Monday and Wednesday. (WJZ)

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‘We can do this': How an East Baltimore school is protecting students and staff from the coronavirus

There’s no lively chatter among students, no laughter coming down the halls and no screeching of desk chairs across the floor at Henderson-Hopkins School in East Baltimore. Instead, students are seated facing forward, masks on, headsets plugged in and staring at their computer screens. Henderson-Hopkins, which normally serves students in prekindergarten through eighth grade, has been open since September offering more than 100 students a day — in two separate programs — a place to learn online. (Balt Sun)

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Two Montgomery lawmakers propose bill to remove police from schools

Two Montgomery County lawmakers are again pushing to remove police officers from public high schools, marking the latest chapter in the suburb’s debate over racial equity and school safety. Council members Will Jawando (D-At Large) and Hans Riemer (D-At Large) introduced a bill Tuesday that would prohibit the county police chief from implementing the school resource officer (SRO) program, which places armed officers in most public high schools and some middle schools in the county of 1 million people. (Wash Post)

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Students Must Adjust As Universities, Colleges Pivot Back To Virtual Learning Due To Surging COVID-19 Cases

Many of the colleges and universities in Maryland are pivoting back to virtual learning, ramping up testing or sending students home until the surge in COVID-19 cases is under control. Gov. Larry Hogan gave college students a warning as the holiday season approaches, to get tested especially if you have been living away from your family.  (WJZ-TV)

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Anne Arundel health department recommends private schools go online as coronavirus case rate rises

Anne Arundel County Health Officer Nilesh Kalyanaraman sent a letter to private schools in the county last week recommending they return to online learning, as the case rate is higher than ever and increasing daily. He said the department does not recommend in-person instruction when the case rate exceeds 15 new cases a day per 100,000 people. The county’s case rate exceeded that threshold Nov. 5, and the Board of Education postponed the planned hybrid reopening of public schools. (Capital)

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You Can Take A Break From Virtual Learning With Baltimore County Schools’ Virtual Calming Room

It’s safe to say many people have been feeling stressed, and if you need a break from the virtual classrooms and meetings, the Baltimore County Public School system is here to help. They have launched a virtual calming room. There you can escape underwater to watch the jellyfish, or virtually visit places such as Africa and more through several live cameras. (WJZ-TV)

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Howard County school board rejects hybrid model, votes to stay with virtual learning through mid-April

In a work session to discuss the school system’s proposed hybrid reopening plan Monday, the Howard County Board of Education rejected the partially in-person model and voted instead to keep students in virtual learning through at least mid-April. The board was expected to vote on whether to approve the hybrid reopening plan for the second semester — as long as the coronavirus metrics in the county allow it — at its meeting Thursday. Instead, the motion to remain in a virtual learning model through the end of the third quarter was approved, 5-2, with members Christina Delmont-Small and Chao Wu as the two dissenting votes; Vice Chairperson Vicky Cutroneo was not present for the vote due to technical difficulties. (Balt Sun)

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Educating Carroll County’s special education students a challenge amid coronavirus pandemic

Melissa McClellan, of Taneytown, moved to Carroll County from Baltimore County in search of a better school for her daughter, who has autism. She says she now she regrets her decision. McClellan said children with special needs and individualized education plans (IEPs), “need to be in schools.” Many parents of students who require special education have said their children are not adapting well to schooling during the coronavirus pandemic. (Carr Co Times)

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