Calvert Hall Holds In-Person Graduation Ceremony With Social Distancing Guidelines In Place

With many schools opting for virtual or drive-by graduations, Calvert Hall decided to hold theirs in person. One-by-one, the Calvert Hall Class of 2020 filled into Paul Angelo Russo Stadium for the school’s 175th graduation ceremony. “I think we’ve all been waiting for this for a long time,” said senior Patrick Lavelle. (WJZ-TV)

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In ‘the first of many meetings’ assessing fall reopening, Carroll County schools officials detail options

With 76 days until Carroll County Public Schools go back in session, the Board of Education met Wednesday evening to start working through the complicated task of planning for different possible scenarios for the fall semester will be held amid the coronavirus pandemic. This planning process requires navigating complicated and sometimes conflicting guidance and regulations as well as working to source supplies that are in high demand, Central Office staff shared with the board and members of the public listening. (Carr Co Times)

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Harford students can participate in virtual learning programs this summer; Stars of Summer virtual camp begins July 20

There will be multiple opportunities this summer for Harford County Public Schools students to enrich themselves by either learning new skills or sharpening existing ones, although most of the activities will take place in a virtual environment. Local school system officials must follow state-issued guidelines to prevent the spread of COVID-19 while putting on programs for students and their families, and any activities that can be done through online programs such as Microsoft Teams will happen virtually, according to Susan Brown, executive director for curriculum, instruction and assessment. (Balt Sun)

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Sheppard Pratt to close Fredrick County school, lay off 175 employees

Sheppard Pratt will shut down one of its Maryland special education schools serving teens and young adults in August, due to fiscal challenges related to Covid-19. The special education and mental health services provider filed a notice under the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Act, indicating its plan to permanently close the Jefferson School and Residential Treatment Center in Frederick County, effective August 31. The closure will affect 175 Sheppard Pratt employees currently working at the school. (Balt Bus Journal)

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‘Adopt A Senior’ takes off in Anne Arundel County, students celebrate despite the pandemic challenges

The whirlwind of updates about cancellations and celebration adaptations happened on Chesapeake High Senior Emily Louk’s social media feed. The 18-year-old from Pasadena, said she saw news on prom and graduation via Facebook. After receiving the news she tried to block it all out, realizing there was not much she could do to change the final days of her senior year. (Balt Sun)

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Centennial High School wins first virtual ‘It’s Academic’ competition for Baltimore region

For the sixth time in the past eight years, Centennial High School won the “It’s Academic” Baltimore Metro championship last month. Unlike its previous titles, however, Centennial’s trophy this year was earned via the Zoom videoconferencing platform rather than in a TV studio. (Balt Sun)

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Baltimore City teachers union files complaint against school district over 4 work days at end of academic year

The Baltimore Teachers Union has filed a complaint over a decision by the school system’s top leaders to require them to work four additional days at the end of June, days they say the contract does not require. The fierce tug of war is over whether the teachers had already worked the 190 days their contract required by June 16 when classes ended. The BTU contends its members worked four days — March 16 through March 19 — when school buildings were first shut down because of the coronavirus, but the school system disagrees. (Balt Sun)

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Gov. Hogan Announces Over $45M In Education Funding For Students Affected By COVID-19

More than $45.6 million is set to be committed in additional education funding for Maryland students affected by the coronavirus pandemic, Governor Larry Hogan announced Wednesday. The funding will go to K-12 technology improvements, community college workforce development programs, rural broadband initiatives, and other priorities in every jurisdiction in Maryland- particularly those most affected by the pandemic, the state said in a release. “I believe very strongly that every single child in Maryland deserves access to a world-class education, regardless of what neighborhood they happen to grow up in,” said Governor Hogan. (WJZ)

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