As Naval Academy tackles coronavirus, number of midshipmen in isolation unclear

While there are less than 2% of midshipmen positive for COVID-19 at the Naval Academy, the number of additional midshipmen being quarantined due to potential exposure is unknown. While the Naval Academy is trying to prevent the spread of COVID-19 among midshipmen, it has set aside beds in Bancroft Hall to isolate those sick with the disease while others who may have been exposed quarantine. (Balt Sun)

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Gov. Hogan, Superintendent Dr. Karen Salmon Visit Eastern Shore Schools As They Open With Some Teachers, Students In Classrooms

Gov. Larry Hogan and State Schools Superintendent Dr. Karen Salmon toured three schools on the Eastern Shore earlier Tuesday morning as Maryland gets back to school for the fall. Busy hallways and full classrooms have been replaced with social distancing and masks. The handful of schools are unique because they have some teachers who have returned to the classroom along with a handful of students who would do better with in-person instruction such as children with special needs. (WJZ-TV)

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Students return — virtually — to classrooms around the Baltimore region

As many Baltimore-area school systems began an unprecedented fall semester Tuesday amid the COVID-19 pandemic, families and educators described both technological hiccups and triumphs while logging on to exclusively online classes. School districts and state education officials say they have no reliable data on how many of Maryland’s 900,000 public school students have access to a dependable broadband internet connection. And some districts are starting the year with computing devices needed for students still on back order. (Balt Sun)

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Howard County Board of Education candidate announces support for his opponent in race for District 3 seat

Howard County Board of Education candidate Tom Heffner announced in a social media post last week that he’s supporting his opponent, Jolene Mosley, in the race for the District 3 seat. While it’s too late for Heffner to drop out of the race and be removed from the ballot, he posted in a Facebook group that Mosley — who received 66% of the vote in the June primary — led a campaign that “resonated with our county voters.” (Balt Sun)

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McDaniel College faculty to participate in #ScholarStrike against racial injustice, police brutality

Faculty members of McDaniel College plan to participate in a nationwide two-day strike in response to police violence against Black individuals throughout the country. The initiative, known by the social media hashtag #ScholarStrike, came in response to high-profile instances this year of police violence against Black people , including in Kenosha, Wisconsin, where Jacob Blake, a 29-year-old Black man, was shot in the back multiple times by a white officer. The strike was planned for Sept. 8 and 9. (Carr Co Times)

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Anne Arundel schools still had first day back-to-school energy online, felt surprisingly normal to some

A 10th grader at Severna Park High strategically got dressed for the first day back to school, changing her top but keeping the pajama pants and fluffy socks on.“From the waist up, I looked fine,” Josie Dial said. Instead of packing bags and heading onto buses, Dial and 85,000 other Anne Arundel County Public School students logged online from home Tuesday. (Capital)


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Howard County students and parents kick off first day of fall semester as virtual learning begins

For Jennifer Schwartz, so much of Tuesday was the same as the beginning of any other school year. The Columbia resident woke up, got her 7-year-old daughter Cady ready for school and drove her there. Schwartz then dropped Cady off in front of a school building and was nervous about how her first day of second grade would go. However, that’s where the similarities end. (Balt Sun)

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Baltimore-area schools start the year with online education. Thousands of students lack a way to engage.

On the first day of a new school year in the midst of a pandemic, tens of thousands of students will likely be left behind, unable to show up Tuesday to greet their classmates and teachers on a computer screen. Despite efforts by Baltimore-area school systems, students who lack internet access or a laptop won’t be signing on to the live online classes, their only opportunity for instruction until schools reopen. And they aren’t likely to get connected quickly. (Balt.Sun)

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