Arbutus, Riderwood and Warren elementary schools test positive for lead in some water fixtures

More schools have tested positive for elevated lead levels in water samples, as Baltimore County Public Schools continues state-mandated testing. Two hand sinks in Arbutus Elementary School tested positive for lead levels above the “action level” of 20 parts per billion; one hand sink tested at 20.3 parts per billion, another at 25.5 parts per billion. A hand sink at Riderwood Elementary in Towson tested positive for 21.1 parts per billion, and two hand sinks at Warren Elementary in Cockeysville tested positive for lead — one at 34.3 parts per billion and one at 22.9 parts per billion. (Balt. Sun)

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Cleaning Underway At UMD To Get Rid Of Adenovirus

With two weeks until students return to the University of Maryland campus in College Park, intense cleaning is underway to rid dorm rooms of a potential contagious and dangerous virus. The university is using contractors to disinfect frequently touched surfaces after more than 40 students contracted the Adenovirus, leading to one student’s death. Before they left for break, students were told to clear off the tops of spaces in common living areas, bathrooms, and kitchens in apartments. (WJZ-TV)

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No surprises in budget to be submitted to Harford school board on Jan. 22, superintendent says

Harford County Public Schools Superintendent Sean Bulson said there “should not be any surprises” in two weeks when he submits his budget for the upcoming fiscal year. “What we’ve discussed over the last few months, what you’ve been involved with the last few months, should all be familiar in what we’ve presented,” Bulson told members of the Harford County Board of Education at their meeting Monday night. (Balt. Sun) 

 

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Prince George’s Co. Public Schools offers help with students’ meals during shutdown

As the partial government shutdown stretches on, Prince George’s County Public Schools announced Monday night its plan to help affected families who may be struggling to pay to provide meals for their children. In a message to the school community, interim schools CEO Monica Goldson said that students who request a meal at the lunch line will receive a standard hot entree at their respective school for the rest of this week. (WTOP)

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New round of mandated lead testing finds elevated levels in six Howard County schools, bringing total to 18

The latest round of testing for lead in water at Howard County public schools found levels exceeding federal standards in six buildings — bringing the total to 18 schools where lead has been found since the start of a state-mandating review. Jurisdictions across Maryland are being required to test for lead under a law passed last year. By 2020, all 77 Howard County school facilities will be tested for lead. Twenty-nine county schools were tested between September and December, and lead levels exceeding federal health standards were detected in water from some fixtures in 18 overall, according to the school system’s test results. (Ho. Co. Times)

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Task Force Tackles Attacks On Teachers, Staff In Baltimore Schools

A task force of teachers and other community leaders gathered for the second time Friday to tackle school safety following a series of attacks on educators and support staff over the past three months. Marietta English, the longtime leader of the Baltimore Teachers Union, said the group focused on the schools’ Code of Conduct, which several teachers believe needs to be revamped. Just two weeks ago, the union expressed outrage that a student at National Academy Foundation—an East Baltimore school near Johns Hopkins Hospital—attacked a school nurse and an aide. (WJZ-CBS)

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Prince George’s Co. school board member proposes free meals for students during shutdown

Later this week, federal workers will notice the impact of the federal government shutdown in their bank accounts. And whether they’re on furlough or working without getting paid, bills will be showing up. But there’s one expense a local school system is hoping to cover for parents worried about their budgets if the shutdown continues to drag on. K. Alexander Wallace, a member of the Prince George’s County School Board, is proposing that the county cover all breakfast and lunch fees for students until the shutdown ends. (WTOP)

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Anne Arundel County school board to begin month-long budget talks this week

The Anne Arundel County school board will begin budget deliberations at one of the district’s most contentious battlegrounds: Old Mill High School. The school first appeared on the county’s to-do list more than a decade ago. Now it is among several schools awaiting large-scale construction projects. “It gives the perfect opportunity to invite any new board members to learn more about the Old Mill Complex,” Jennifer Brienza, a leader behind the movement to fund Old Mill construction, said about Tuesday’s public budget meeting that will be held at the high school. (Capital)

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