Salisbury University students escape from Peru amid coronavirus shutdown

They knew the risks, but a spring break trip to Peru was too tempting to pass up. A group of Salisbury University students had planned since September to head to South America during the weeklong vacation colleges provide mid-semester. Eleven girls from the SU rugby team set out looking to enjoy the Peruvian beaches, shops and culture. Many of the athletes were set to graduate in the spring, using the trip as a final team-bonding experience. (Delmarva)

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No state mandated testing for Maryland students

Students in Maryland will be social distanced from mandated tests this year. United States Department of Education issued guidance that Maryland would not need to administer statewide assessments this year to comply with the Every Student Succeeds Act due to COVID-19. "The lack of test administration in Maryland will not affect annual accountability determinations, be used to identify schools for support and improvement or to provide data on Maryland's and local report cards for assessment and accountability information for the 2019-20 school year,” according to a note from Frederick County Public Schools. (News-Post)

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Sylvan Learning to defer $2.5M in royalties, fees

A Baltimore provider of learning services has plans to defer royalties and fees in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Sylvan Learning Inc. announced on Wednesday that its new $2.5 million royalty and fee deferral program would ensure that franchise owners have the support they need to continue providing solutions to families in need of educational help. John McAuliffe, CEO of Sylvan Learning, said in a news release that the company’s franchise owners have risen to the occasion by quickly pivoting to online delivery and providing support to families and their fellow franchisees. (Daily Record)

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Second Baltimore City schools staff member tests positive for coronavirus

Baltimore City Public Schools announced Wednesday that a second staff member tested positive for the coronavirus. The school system said the individual worked at Steuart Hill Academic Academy in Baltimore’s Franklin Square neighborhood and tested positive for COVID-19 after the schools closed March 13. “Once the person’s condition was known, they immediately ceased contact with the campus,” the school system said in a news release. “Based on discussions and a review of the timeline, the individual contracted the virus after schools were closed.” (Balt Sun)

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Md. student sent home from college in Ohio describes new reality

As the coronavirus spreads, college students are getting used to their new normal, attending classes entirely online. A Maryland student attending school at Xavier University in Ohio learned how it would impact her directly when she first learned her spring break would be cut short. And then came the word revealing the rest of the semester’s fate. (WTOP)

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Gilman, Park School and others donate 3D printers to produce emergency supplies at LifeBridge

A handful of local private schools are donating their 3D printing equipment to LifeBridge Health to aid the system in producing more medical supplies, which are currently in short supply and high demand amid the COVID-19 pandemic. As emergency production efforts across the U.S. have ramped up, Greater Baltimore institutions with equipment to spare have been looking to pitch in however they can. (Balt Bus Journal)

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Maryland state school superintendent Karen Salmon accepts contract extension through 2021

Maryland’s state school superintendent agreed to extend her contract by one year during the coronavirus outbreak after previously saying she would leave her post June 30. In a news release issued Tuesday, the Maryland Board of Education said Karen Salmon agreed to a new contract through June 30, 2021. The board met last week and voted to allow Salmon to continue in her current role if it couldn’t find a replacement by July 1. (Balt Sun)

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Think Systems, DigiBmore to provide laptops, internet connection to underserved students

Think Systems Inc., a management consulting firm that focuses on small and mid-market companies that need help with organizational solutions and strategic hiring, announced Tuesday it is collaborating with a group of technology leaders to establish high-speed internet access and provide free laptops to students in Baltimore so they can continue their education at home while schools are closed. (Daily Record)

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