Aberdeen Middle Learning Support Center opens for first day of virtual learning, putting education in students' hands

Aberdeen Middle School’s cafeteria normally roars with conversation as hundreds of students pass through it daily during a typical school day. Assistant principals patrol the rows of tables, keeping an ear out for conversations and stopping any roughhousing as staggered shifts of students take turns eating. But Tuesday, the first day for some students back in the building since the coronavirus hit Maryland, was a different scene. (Aegis)

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One week into distance learning in Md., questions about live teaching, screen time, technology

A week into an unprecedented opening with all-remote learning, Michele Brammer says school by Zoom is better than expected in Montgomery County, but not as much as her children need. She wishes her older two had more live instruction.“I’m optimistic, I’m hopeful,” said Brammer, of Rockville, who has children ages 5, 7 and 10. “But they’re just not in front of a teacher enough.” First impressions varied across the Maryland suburbs as students, parents and educators finished the first week of a school year that began virtually Aug. 31, amid the coronavirus pandemic. (Wash.Post)

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Coronavirus-related student suspensions kick off at Maryland universities

Just days into the start of the academic year, some Maryland universities that have reopened their campuses have issued interim suspensions to dozens of students believed to have violated coronavirus-related protocols and health guidelines, university spokespersons confirmed Sunday. At University of Maryland, College Park — the state’s flagship institution — the school’s disciplinary arm has issued interim suspensions to at least 19 students, said spokeswoman Katie Lawson in an email. Salisbury University on Maryland’s Eastern Shore has temporarily suspended 21 students for violating its COVID-19 policies, spokesman Jason Rhodes said in another email. (Balt. Sun)

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Anne Arundel schools Superintendent George Arlotto ready for fall semester, trading in-person visits for online classes

As schools gear up for the first online start, Anne Arundel County Public Schools Superintendent George Arlotto said school communities are excited to get back to school despite the challenges.Throughout the pandemic, the school system had worked to get Chromebooks to children and increase connectivity. So far, the school system has acquired 55,000 Chromebooks, with 32,000 more ordered. The week before school starts, families have also gone to schools to pick up the pre-kindergarten through 5th-grade backpack of supplies offered by the school system, he said. (Balt. Sun)

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All University Of Maryland Athletics Training Temporarily Suspended After Latest Round Of COVID-19 Test Results

The University of Maryland Athletics department announced on Thursday that all training has been temporarily suspended after the latest round of COVID-19 testing. On August 31 and September 1, the University Health Center conducted on-campus screening for 501 student-athletes. (WJZ)

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Harford teachers, new and experienced, will start the 2020 school year at the same level with online instruction

Harford County Public Schools teachers, whether they are new to the profession or have decades of experience, are starting the 2020-21 school year on the same footing in a key area — live online instruction being provided when the new academic year begins next week. More than 38,000 HCPS students start school Tuesday, and their teachers will impart knowledge to them through a computer, rather than in person for the first semester as officials work to protect students, teachers and staff during the COVID-19 pandemic. (Aegis)

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Frederick County businesses adapting to virtual school with on-site learning for students

Tiffany Cianci thought of the idea to offer on-site learning at her business, Little Gym of Frederick, out of necessity. She herself is a working mom with three children, and understands the struggle of remote learning. "Really it just came from a position of needing my kids to have somewhere to have that support,” Cianci said. Little Gym of Frederick is offering 18 spots at their facilities to children participating in remote learning.  (News-Post)

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Baltimore City schools to open 15 locations where students can access online lessons in small groups

Baltimore City Public Schools will soon open 15 of its elementary schools for students to learn online in small groups, as the system prepares to start the school year virtually due to the coronavirus pandemic. The partnership between the school system and Baltimore City Recreation and Parks will allow 1,000 students to access their remote lessons in locations throughout the city beginning Sept. 28. (Balt Sun)

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