Coronavirus Latest: Groove Kidz Using Social Media To Help Kids Stay Active

A Baltimore business isn’t letting the coronavirus stop them from helping kids stay active. Groove Kidz is a mobile creative movement, dance and gymnastics organization that serves around 40 different daycare facilities and pre-schools across the state. Since the closure of schools and childcare facilities due to COVID-19, Groove Kidz can no longer teach its classes in-person, but owners Margo Burr and Joy Burley are still finding ways to get children up and moving. (WJZ-TV)

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Worcester School System Tweaks Calendar, Seeks Waiver To End June 11

Local education officials agreed this week to modify the school calendar as facilities remain closed to prevent the spread of coronavirus. The Worcester County Board of Education voted unanimously Tuesday to adjust the calendar as recommended by Superintendent Lou Taylor. The spring break that was set for April 6-13 has been adjusted to April 10-14 and the tentative last day of school is now planned for June 11. (Dispatch)

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To salvage the semester, college professors make a rapid pivot to teaching online

Like many mathematicians, Ken Ono cherishes the dense Japanese chalk that brings his work to life on slate blackboards. The professor often hands those white Hagoromo sticks to students so they, too, can wrestle with theorems and proofs in front of the class. It is a tactile ritual, he believes, rooted in the math traditions of the ancient Arabs and Greeks. (Wash Post)

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School Districts Across Maryland Donate Medical Supplies To Hospitals, Health Departments

As schools are shut down across the state for the next two weeks at least, districts around Maryland have been donating their medical supplies to local hospitals and health departments in need of the proper materials to treat COVID-19 patients. “There are also other heroes you don’t always hear about,” Gov. Larry Hogan said at a press conference Monday, as he thanked specific groups of people still working to keep the state safe in this public health crisis. (WJZ)

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UMD Delivers More Than 10,000 N95, Surgical Face Masks To UMMS Hospitals In Baltimore

The University of Maryland delivered more than 10,000 N95 and surgical masks to hospitals with the University of Maryland Medical System, in an effort to support health care workers with personal protective equipment amid the coronavirus pandemic. UMD President Wallace Loh said the masks came from emergency stockpiles store 15-plus years ago. Schools across the state at the K-12 level have been donating their medical supplies as classes are canceled until April 24. (WJZ)

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Amazon Offering Computer Science Courses, Activities For Kids While Schools Are Closed

Hey parents: are you looking for more activities for your kids while schools are closed due to the coronavirus? Amazon has you covered! The e-commerce giant is offering free access to its Amazon Future Engineer classes and programs designed for students in grades 6-12 as well as a virtual robotics program for kids beginning as young as second grade. (WJZ)

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Maryland, D.C. labs, university professors working to produce more masks for hospitals

Universities may be closed to students for the foreseeable future, but some professors are still in their labs and springing into action to contribute to the coronavirus response effort. Take Peter Kofinas, chair of the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at the University of Maryland. He’s worked on projects with Anthony Sandler, the surgeon-in-chief at Children’s National Hospital in the District, and recently Dr. Sandler let Mr. Kofinas in on a disquieting truth. (Wash Times)

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200 Hopkins medical faculty pen letter asking Gov. Hogan to protect inmates from coronavirus

More than 200 Johns Hopkins University public health faculty and staff have asked Gov. Larry Hogan to take measures to protect Maryland’s prison, jail and juvenile detention population from the coronavirus, joining a growing chorus of professionals and advocates seeking action. The Hopkins staff members signed a letter to Hogan on March 25 to express “urgent concern” about the spread of the virus in Maryland’s corrections system. (Balt Sun)

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