Baltimore City schools chief indicates in email that city students will be at home for longer

In a letter emailed to parents Tuesday, Baltimore City schools chief Sonja Santelises indicated that schools would remain closed because of the coronavirus pandemic at least through April 5. Students, who have been off since March 16, were originally supposed to return Monday. “The rapid changes of recent weeks mean we must prepare for a ‘new normal’ where education occurs outside our school buildings," Santelises said. (Balt Sun)

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Harford Community College campus will remain closed through end of spring semester

Harford Community College will remain closed through the remainder of the spring semester to help slow the spread of the novel coronavirus, its interim president announced Tuesday. Student returned from spring break Monday and began taking classes online. The college will continue moving forward in an online-only learning and working environment through at least May 16, Jacqueline Jackson, the college’s interim president, said in a prepared release. (Balt Sun)

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Maryland colleges may owe students millions in refunds amid coronavirus, campus closures

All universities operating under the University System of Maryland umbrella will be offering prorated room-and-board refunds to students, after the system's Board of Regents decided last week that all schools will close their campuses for the rest of the spring semester and pivot to online learning. Collectively, for about a half-semester's worth of refunded on-campus "auxiliary" fees, USM may be looking at returning $163 million. That figure includes an estimated potential refund of about $68 million for the flagship University of Maryland, College Park campus alone. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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Towson University Professors Donate Unused Supplies To St. Joseph’s Medical Center

A group of professors from the biology department at Towson University is donating unused medical supplies to St. Joseph’s Medical Center as hospitals across the country grapple with shortages of critical gear. The university had a stockpile of masks, gowns, syringes and other equipment that had been purchased to be used in class labs. Now that the university has shifted to online courses for the rest of the semester, the supplies were going to just sit there. That’s when professor Harald Beck had an idea. (WJZ)

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Prince George’s Co. schools CEO promises seniors a prom despite uncertainty

School administrators in Prince George’s County, Maryland, are still waiting to hear from state officials about when — or even if — schools will reopen this year after being ordered earlier this month to close for two weeks to curb the spread of the new coronavirus. But Prince George’s County Public Schools CEO Monica Goldson is promising high school seniors that they will have a prom and a graduation ceremony — even if both big events have to be rescheduled far into the future. (WTOP)

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With school out and activities canceled, community leaders confront the challenges of keeping kids safe

The texts quickly started lighting up Coach Jenkins’s phone. The inbox of Coach Zanders was flooded, too. The kids they coach had learned their schools would be closed for weeks as the District attempts to contain the spread of the coronavirus. They heard practices were canceled and parks and gyms were shut down. And they wanted to know: When could they get together to play basketball and football? (Wash. Post)

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Salisbury University cancels 2020 spring sports season

Salisbury University athletics has officially canceled the remainder of its spring sports season. In response to the recent University of System of Maryland announcement regarding distance learning for the remainder of the spring semester, SU has announced the cancellation of the rest of the 2019-20 athletic season, according to a news release. The decision was made to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

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'It's a hard pill to swallow': COVID-19 threatens to take final athletic season from Delmarva seniors

The University of Maryland Eastern Shore women’s basketball team was on a roll. Coming off a three-game win streak to end the regular season, the Hawks took down Coppin State and Bethune-Cookman University in the first two rounds of the MEAC tournament. Just two games stood in the way of a conference championship. Dayona Godwin, a senior who played high school hoops at Stephen Decatur, was convinced 2020 was the season the Hawks could win the MEAC and punch their ticket to the NCAA tournament — a feat that had never been accomplished in program history. (Delmarva)

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