Baltimore County Public Schools decline to pay bus contractors during coronavirus shutdown

Bus contractors serving over 110,000 public school students in Baltimore County will not be paid during the school system’s coronavirus shutdown. Jess Grim, transportation director of Baltimore County Public Schools, told bus contractors the district cannot pay those who service “regular routes, outside of our contract,” during the closures, according to emails obtained by The Baltimore Sun. Grim told contractors they would get payment Thursday for work completed through March 13, the last day before Maryland initiated school closures in response to the pandemic. (Balt Sun)

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School Using Technology, Teamwork To Continue Academic Learning For Students

Despite the ongoing health crisis, learning has not been interrupted at Worcester Preparatory School. Though classes were out of session for spring break last week, Worcester Prep students on Monday went right back to their studies — albeit from their homes. The school is using a variety of online programs to connect students and teachers while schools are shuttered due to coronavirus. Fourth grader Jack Lynch is pictured in a digital classroom with his teacher Laura Holmes and classmates. (Dispatch)

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Wicomico schools unveil online learning plan during coronavirus closure

In a robocall to Wicomico County families Thursday evening, Superintendent Donna Hanlin unveiled the school system's plan for how it will continue to teach its students. Local school systems were asked to create continuity of instruction plans after the state decided March 25 to close all public schools for the next four weeks due to the ongoing novel coronavirus threat, extending an initial two-week closure. Wicomico County public schools will begin instruction again next week using online and hard copy learning, Hanlin said. (Delmarva)

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Baltimore City Community College student tests positive for new coronavirus, officials say

A Baltimore City Community College student has tested positive for the new coronavirus. BCCC officials learned of the COVID-19 case on Monday and shared details with the college community in a letter sent Tuesday by president Debra McCurdy. (Balt Sun)

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Closure of Maryland public schools extended four more weeks: superintendent

Closures of Maryland public schools will be extended another four weeks, Maryland Superintendent of Schools Karen Salmon announced Wednesday morning, March 25. Salmon said the system plans to resume the continuity of learning next week, and will be in close communication with individual districts in their ability to do so. She said it is impossible to definitively say when schools may reopen. (Delmarva)

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No Decision Yet On When, If Maryland Schools Will Reopen

As states including neighboring Virginia close schools through the end of the academic year, Maryland education officials are taking a more deliberate approach. Maryland is in the second week of two weeks of school closures initially ordered by state Superintendent Karen Salmon to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Speaking Tuesday to the Maryland State Board of Education, Salmon said the break allowed custodial crews time to sanitize school buildings and allowed teachers time to prepare for a longer time away from classrooms. (WBAL)

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Coronavirus Latest: UMMC To Host Blood Drive At UMB During Unprecedented Blood Shortage

The University of Maryland Medical Center is collaborating with the University of Maryland, Baltimore to host its monthly blood drive in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. There is currently an unprecedented blood shortage across the nation, according to health officials. Organizers of the blood drive said the nationwide blood shortage is why this three-day blood drive is more important than ever. (WJZ-TV)

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State Superintendent Karen Salmon will stay on job until replacement is found

The Maryland State School board voted to keep the state school superintendent in her job “during these unusual times” if they can’t find another leader by July 1. “Rather than leave on June 30, she is willing to continue if our search is not completed by then,” said school board member Justin Hartings. Salmon, a former Talbot County school superintendent, informed the board she would not seek another four year term and the board had begun a search for her replacement. (Balt Sun)

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