Morgan State to debut unique STEM programs, partnership

Two new STEM programs have been approved by the Morgan State University Board of Regents: a dual degree program in partnership with Purdue University, and an engineering program that is the first of its kind in the state. If approved by the Maryland Higher Education Commission, both programs will be available in fall 2021. The partnership with Purdue allows students to study at Morgan for three years and Purdue for two in order to graduate with two bachelor’s degrees: a B.S. from Morgan in either civil engineering or engineering physics, and a B.S. from Purdue in aeronautics and astronautics. (Daily Record)

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Hybrid learning to continue in Carroll County for at least another week despite spike in COVID-19 cases

Carroll County’s public high school students will be able to begin hybrid learning as planned Thursday. But if the number of COVID-19 cases in the county and its positivity rate haven’t dropped back into a safer range, hybrid learning is likely to be suspended next week. The Board of Education voted unanimously at Wednesday’s meeting that Carroll County Public Schools continue with the hybrid model for all levels through Tuesday, that the board will meet again Wednesday, Nov. 18, and that if COVID-19 numbers have not improved, the county will return at that time, system-wide, to limited in-person instruction, or none at all. (Carr Co Times)

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Anne Arundel Board of Education announces a return to virtual meetings as coronavirus cases rise

The Anne Arundel County Board of Education will go back to meeting online next week as the rate of coronavirus cases in the county and state continues to rise, board President Michelle Corkadel announced Wednesday. The school board started meeting in-person on Oct. 7 but did not allow an audience. (Balt Sun)

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‘Have Some Hope With Me’: Century High School Opening Knights prepare to debut ‘Quarantine Cabaret’

March 12 was supposed to be opening night for the Century High School drama club’s spring production. But that afternoon, instead of fretting over lines and fixing each other’s makeup, it seemed like almost everyone was crying. Lucas Hewitt, the club’s director, had gotten a phone call from the school principal mere hours before his students were set to step out onto the stage. Along with announcing the closure of all public schools in the state for two weeks, Gov. Larry Hogan had just banned gatherings of more than 250 people. (Carr Co Times)

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Maryland cancels football game against Ohio State due to high number coronavirus cases

A surge in players testing positive for the coronavirus forced the Maryland football program on Wednesday to suspend all activities. The university also said that Saturday’s game against No. 3 Ohio State would be canceled and not rescheduled. The school announced that eight players tested positive for COVID-19 over the past seven days. That number influenced athletic director Damon Evans and president Darryll Pines to make the decision to stop all team-related activities following the recommendation of university health officials and in consultation with officials from the Big Ten. (Balt Sun)

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Schools Grapple With Scaled-Back Reopening Plans As COVID-19 Cases In Maryland Surge

As the number of coronavirus cases in Maryland surges, schools are faced with a dilemma about how to proceed with the remainder of the first semester of the school year. On Tuesday evening, the Baltimore City Public Schools system said it’s scaling back its reopening plan. Instead of moving forward with some in-person learning at 44 schools by the middle of the month, just 25 schools will reopen. (WJZ-TV)

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Baltimore City schools will scale back reopening of schools in face of rising coronavirus cases

In the face of rising coronavirus cases, Baltimore City Public School leaders will push forward with reopening of school buildings for the first time in eight months, while scaling back the number from 44 to 27. The decision, announced by CEO Sonja Santelises at Tuesday’s school board meeting, will make the city one of a few jurisdictions in the region that hasn’t delayed reopening schools or moved entirely online. (Balt Sun)

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Montgomery County tentatively approves plan to reopen school buildings in 2021

Maryland’s largest school system could bring some students in special education back to campuses Jan. 12 and begin phasing in a combined approach to in-person learning Feb. 1, under a preliminary plan tied to health metrics that was approved Tuesday. The plan tentatively agreed to by the Montgomery County Board of Education is a step toward returning children to bricks-and-mortar schools, at least part time, amid the pandemic. A final vote is slated for Dec. 3, with a parent survey and a special staff portal to be launched this week. (Wash Post)

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