Distance learning especially challenging for students with disabilities

Noah, a pseudonym for a middle school child with autism, had been doing well in his public education program until school buildings closed in mid-March due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Unable to understand why his routine was disrupted, he sometimes displayed aggressive behavior with his mother when she encouraged him to participate in distance learning. Once, he headbutted her so hard that she blacked out. (WTOP)

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Some excitement, some concerns: Limited in-person learning returns to University of Maryland

Ahead of the return of limited in-person learning at University of Maryland this week, the school's student body president spoke to WUSA 9 on Sunday about the feelings around campus on the pandemic and going back to the classroom. Starting on Monday, around 15% of undergraduate classes will hold in-person lessons on campus. (WUSA9)

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Children’s Rally For Justice Aims To Give Kids A Platform

A community-wide “Children’s Rally for Justice” aimed to highlight children and teach them the components of advocacy. The event on Sunday was hosted by the “Greater Baltimore County Chapter of Jack and Jill of America.” Officials said they want to empower and equip children to become the next generation of leaders- and give them a platform to be heard and speak out. (WJZ-TV)

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Maryland public schools release plan for return of high school sports

Winter, fall and spring high school sports competitions are scheduled to return beginning Feb. 1 and run through June 19, the Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association announced Friday. The winter sports season is scheduled to run from Feb. 1 through March 27; the fall season, March 15 through May 8; and the spring season, April 26 through June 19. (Capital)

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Opt-in or opt-out? Carroll County teachers expected to contact all parents about sensitive educational material

Carroll County Public Schools teachers must be diligent this year in reaching out to parents who don’t complete and return permission forms for their children to participate in certain health subjects. That’s what the Board of Education approved during Wednesday’s meeting in listening to a proposal for several changes to the 2020-21 school curriculum. (Carr Co Times)

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Baltimore public schools estimate 80% of students attended first day of online classes

Baltimore public school officials estimate that about 80% of enrolled students attended live online instruction on the first day of the fall semester Tuesday. Educators must track attendance on a daily basis, but schools have until next week to fully account for participation in online classes. As a result, that figure could fluctuate as the data is finalized, school system officials said in a statement Thursday. (Balt Sun)

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University System of Maryland names Bruce Jarrell new president for University of Maryland, Baltimore

The University System of Maryland Board of Regents has appointed Dr. Bruce Jarrell as the next president of the University of Maryland, Baltimore. Jarrell has served as the university’s interim president since Jan. 6. The Eastern Shore native will become the university’s next president beginning Friday, according to a news release Thursday. He will earn a salary of $788,059 a year. (Balt Sun)

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Howard County Board of Education motion to remove police officers from schools fails

A motion to remove school resource officers in Howard County schools failed during the Board of Education’s meeting Thursday. Student member Zach Koung raised the motion, which failed 4-2-2. Member Christina Delmont-Small and Vice Chairperson Vicky Cutroneo both voted against, while members Chao Wu and Kirsten Coombs abstained. All four said the board needed more information before voting. (Balt Sun)

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