Montgomery Co. Board of Education approves plan to reopen schools

The Montgomery County, Maryland, Board of Education gave tentative approval to the plans to bring students back to school in phases starting in January. Beginning Wednesday, a survey will be made available to parents. They can weigh in on whether they want their children to stick with virtual learning or whether they want to take part in plans to get kids back into classrooms. The survey will be available to parents until Dec. 3 and will be used to help determine which schools will reopen and how classes can be scheduled. (WTOP)

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Baltimore County school officials to release draft plan for bringing K-2 students back to classrooms

Baltimore County school leaders are expected to release a tentative plan for returning students in kindergarten through second grade to school buildings by Nov. 30, while COVID-19 cases continue to rise across the region. County school board members asked staff last month to publicly release the draft plan by Tuesday’s board meeting in hopes of providing families with a window into their school reopening strategy. Board members have cautioned that the plan should be considered flexible and subject to change. (Balt Sun)

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New STEAM Wing Set To Be Dedicated At Notre Dame Preparatory School

The Notre Dame Preparatory School in Towson is set to dedicate a new wing to prepare young women for careers in science, technology and math. The dedication comes after the school was named a 2020-2021 National Blue Ribbon School for academic excellence by the U.S. Department of Education, one of ten schools in the state to earn the honor. (WJZ-TV)

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CCPS could reassess hybrid learning at Nov. 11 school board meeting after recent spike in COVID-19 cases

The hybrid learning plan in use by Carroll County Public Schools could be reassessed at Wednesday night’s meeting of the Board of Education given that COVID-19 cases in Carroll have far surpassed the metrics discussed at previous board meetings when considering returning to schools.  Maryland State Department of Education guidelines state that schools should reassess its openings if the new case rate increases an additional two case per 100,000 within two weeks or if there is a positivity rate increase of 1.5% within two weeks. (Carr Co Times)

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Maryland schools begin rolling back in-person learning plans as coronavirus cases rise

With coronavirus cases rising swiftly in Maryland, the prospect that schools will reopen their doors to thousands more students later this month seemed to be diminishing Monday as school systems reconsidered their plans. Anne Arundel County closed all its in-person classes for small groups of students Friday, delayed the start of a wider expansion of classes, and announced Monday that it will suspend athletics. Harford County Public Schools will be sending most students and teachers home at the end of this week to resume virtual learning after new coronavirus cases in the county spiked to their highest levels since the pandemic began there. (Balt Sun)

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Maryland starts publicly reporting COVID-19 outbreaks at schools

The public can now check which Maryland schools have COVID-19 outbreaks using an online tool that adds new data to the fraught debate over school reopenings. As of Friday, the state's coronavirus website includes a page that lists school-specific information on COVID-19 outbreaks. The data arrives as some schools have already had to shut down again after reopening because of COVID-19 cases. (Delmarva)

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Notre Dame of Maryland launches fast-track degrees to help fill nursing vacancies

Amid an ongoing pandemic and national nurse shortage, Notre Dame of Maryland University has decided to launch a pair of accelerated bachelor's degree programs in nursing. The offerings from the Baltimore university fast-track the typical timeframe it takes to earn a bachelor of science degree in nursing. (Balt Bus Journal)

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Carroll County Public Schools closes 3 more special education programs because of COVID-19

Carroll County Public Schools closed three more special education programs after two staff members showed coronavirus symptoms and another tested positive. The Learning for Independence (LFI) programs at Winfield Elementary School, Liberty High School and Mount Airy Middle School are temporarily closed, according to Carey Gaddis, CCPS communications officer. (Carr CO Times)

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