Maryland universities expanding use of pass-fail grading, citing challenges amid coronavirus pandemic

With all in-person classes canceled as a result of coronavirus precautions, universities in Maryland are expanding the use of pass-fail grading for undergraduates for the spring 2020 term. The University of Maryland, College Park, Johns Hopkins University and Towson University are amending their normal grading policies to account for a historically unusual spring semester. (Balt Sun)

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Baltimore-area school systems say to expect bumps as they switch to remote learning

School — in its new incarnation — will be limited at first and districts are asking for patience from parents across the Baltimore region anxious to get their children back on schedule. Most school system leaders say next week will be spent training teachers and resolving a raft of logistical issues, including the distribution of thousands of computers, and the first real assignments will begin April 6. (Balt Sun)

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UMMC Delivers Boxed Meals To Families In Need During COVID-19 Pandemic

The University of Maryland Medical Center is delivering food to Baltimore City families in need during the COVID-19 pandemic. For the second straight day, the UMMC team delivered 3,600 boxes of prepared meals and fresh produce. Officials with the medical center say they’re making the deliveries to ensure children who rely on school lunches can eat during the coronavirus closures. (WJZ-TV)

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Local high school athletes cope with uncertain futures amid hiatus

Kejuan Frager was walking to class on March 12 when someone in the hallway stopped him and told him the news. “My initial reaction was, ‘This can’t be serious,’” Frager said. But before long his coaches on the Dr. Henry A. Wise High School boys’ basketball team sent texts to their players to confirm it: The state basketball tournaments were postponed indefinitely due to the coronavirus. Wise, a Prince George’s County school in Upper Marlboro, was scheduled to play in the Class 4A semifinals that same night. (Wash Times)

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Coronavirus Latest: Baltimore City Schools Sees First Case Of COVID-19

A staff member at The Historic Cherry Hill Elementary/Middle School recently tested positive for coronavirus during the school building closure period, according to the Baltimore City Health Department. This is the first confirmed case of coronavirus in the Baltimore City Schools system, officials said. Based on an investigation by the Baltimore City Health Department, when the individual began to show symptoms, the employee contracted the virus three days after schools were closed. (WJZ-TV)

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University System of Maryland board of regents unanimously votes in favor of partial refunds of student fees in the wake of coronavirus safety measures

A week after the University System of Maryland announced that its 12 universities will finish their spring semesters online, the system’s board of regents voted unanimously to allow its chancellor to approve plans for partial refunds of various student fees. (Balt Sun)

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U. of Baltimore law professor John Bessler, Sen. Amy Klobuchar’s husband, leaves hospital as he recovers from coronavirus

John Bessler, a University of Baltimore law professor, has been released from a hospital where he was being treated for low oxygen and pneumonia as a result of the coronavirus, his wife, U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar, said Thursday. Klobuchar, a former Democratic presidential candidate, said in a statement that Bessler “took a good turn, was just released and is now recovering at home." (Balt Sun)

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Signs of the times: At Middletown parade, teachers, students support one another — from a distance

About two dozen teachers and staff of Middletown Elementary and Middletown Primary schools formed a caravan of cars, trucks and motorcycles and left the elementary school Thursday morning on a two-hour parade through town. The caravan passed hundreds of students, family members and neighbors lining the walkways along the route. The teachers wanted to show their support for the students who have been out of class due to the COVID-19 outbreak and are to begin distance learning next week. (News-Post)

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