U.Md. to shift undergrad classes online amid COVID-19 spike

The University of Maryland is moving all undergraduate classes online starting Monday after state and local officials announced more COVID-19 restrictions this week. The switch to all-virtual will remain for the rest of the semester. Graduate courses will stay the same, and the library will be in a “modified Phase Two.” If students are able to, they should make plans to go back to their respective states of residence, university President Darryll J. Pines said in a statement Friday. (WTOP)

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COVID-19 Latest: Cecil County Public Schools Moves To Virtual Learning Until December 7

Cecil County Public Schools announced Sunday it will move to virtual learning effective immediately until December 7, citing rising COVID-19 cases and county positivity. The county now has a 6% COVID-19 positivity rate and 15.4 cases per 100,000. All staff is also being told to telework, with all schools and offices shut down. Buildings cannot be accessed until November 23. On that day, students or staff who need to retrieve materials from the building can make arrangements with the building administrator or supervisor, the school system said. (WJZ-TV)

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COVID-19 Latest: Worcester County Public Schools Move To Distance Learning Until December 1

Worcester County Public Schools will move to distance learning until December 1. The school system announced as of Sunday, the county is above 6.6% daily positivity rate and 18.3 cases per 100,000 people. All after-school activities and athletics will be virtual during this time. “We will be monitoring our community statistics closely throughout this two-week period, and we will communicate to you any changes to our Return as soon as decisions are made,” said Worcester County Public Schools Superintendent Lou Taylor. (WJZ-TV)

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Exelon, owner of Baltimore-based Constellation and BGE, weighs splitting business

Energy giant Exelon, owner of Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. and five other utilities, is weighing the benefits of spinning off its power generation business, including Baltimore-based power supplier Constellation, to form a separate company. Exelon is in the early stages of the review and doesn’t expect additional updates until early next year, executives said. (Balt Sun)

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As Carroll County high schools open, new dashboard shows 37 COVID-19 cases within school system

A new coronavirus dashboard that went live online Thursday showed 37 people within Carroll’s public schools have been diagnosed with COVID-19. Seven are staff members and 30 are students. Linton Springs has four cases, the most of the elementary schools, which mostly have none, and Sykesville Middle has three, the most of the middle schools. There are nine cases at South Carroll High School, the most of any school. High school students returned for hybrid learning Thursday. (Carr Co Times)

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School board delays approving controversial issues policy

A new Frederick County Public Schools policy pertaining to teaching controversial issues is headed back to the school system's policy committee after Jay Mason, Frederick County Board of Education's vice president, asked for more language to be added regarding current events. The policy was on the board's agenda Wednesday and was expected to be voted on and approved. However, Mason requested it return to the committee for a few more tweaks before members vote on it. (News-Post)

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Baltimore County school board meeting audio interruption not caused by network breach, investigators say

A state investigation into “inappropriate audio” of a moaning woman that interrupted a late-night Baltimore County school board meeting last month has concluded the incident was not the result of a network system breach. Officials with the Maryland Office of the Inspector General for Education, who were asked by board officers to investigate the incident, said Thursday that the audio did not appear to be intentionally transmitted. Investigators could not determine the source of the audio. (Balt Sun)

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Fourth former student files lawsuit against Concordia Preparatory School alleging assault complaints were ignored

A fourth former Concordia Preparatory School student has filed a federal lawsuit alleging the Towson private school and the governing body of the Lutheran Church ignored her reports of sexual assault and harassment. The Baltimore County woman, who was a minor at the time of the allegations, filed the complaint Wednesday in U.S. District Court arguing Concordia administrators and the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod failed to investigate her reports of male student-athletes sexually assaulting and harassing her on campus. (Balt Sun)

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