Schools are shut, so how will kids learn amid the covid-19 pandemic?

Schools may be shuttered and families hunkered down, but teacher Tim Rodman is keeping his Maryland classroom going during the coronavirus pandemic — ever the energetic voice of AP Macroeconomics as he hosts a video call with students who live 40 miles away. (Wash Post)


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CDC Offers Online Triage For Coronavirus Testing

A online bot nicknamed Clara is acting as triage for healthcare providers in the US as demand for coronavirus testing continues to surge. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is offering a “Coronavirus Self-checker” for people concerned they may have symptoms of the disease as it sweeps through the country. As of Saturday night, a total of 323 people infected with the disease had died in the United States, with 25,740 cases confirmed.(CNN)

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Coronavirus Latest: Baltimore County Teachers Create Parade, Drive By Students’ Homes

A number of Baltimore County teachers were missing their students so much they decided to visit them — while staying socially distant, of course. Teachers and other staff from Timonium Elementary School started a parade to keep everyone in good spirits while school is out of session due to the coronavirus pandemic. (WJZ-TV)
 
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Coronavirus Latest: Learning Continues At Institute Of Notre Dame Thanks To Virtual Classrooms

When the Institute of Notre Dame in Baltimore began testing online distance learning in December, few people in the world had heard of the coronavirus. Now, despite schools closed due to the virus’s worldwide spread, students at the all-girls private high school aren’t missing a beat in their education. (WJZ-TV)

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Coronavirus Latest: Students Begin Moving Out Of Dorms At Towson University

Students at Towson University began moving out of their dorms Sunday as the university shifts to online learning for the rest of the semester due to the coronavirus pandemic. Staff took precautions and only allowed groups of six people into the buildings at a time. Students had to fill out a form in advance and make an appointment to move out. (WJZ-TV)

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Most professors at Maryland universities don’t know how to teach online. Starting Monday, they have to learn.

For centuries, university students have learned in crowded lecture halls and around small tables, encountering new ideas in face-to-face discussions with their professors and fellow students. On Monday, the coronavirus pandemic will change that in Maryland as classes go online for the rest of the semester as part of the effort to slow the spread of the virus. Colleges and universities at first announced they would switch to online classes for two weeks after spring break, but concluded it will be for the rest of the school year. (Balt. Sun)

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Interim school boundary analysis report released

A 580-page intermediate report outlining consultants’ findings about Montgomery County school boundaries was released this week, outlining data about schools’ history, student body diversity and enrollment. WXY Architecture + Urban Design, commissioned for $475,000 to complete the boundary analysis, was originally expected to release an interim report by the end of February. The release was delayed twice — once so consultants could further examine “complicated data,” the other so MCPS could focus on closing schools as mandated by the state amid the coronavirus outbreak. (Bethesda Beat)

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University System of Maryland likely to move to online learning for rest of the semester due to coronavirus

“USM Leadership and the Board of Regents have been making plans for students to complete the semester and their studies on an remote/online basis without a physical return to campus. A final decision is expected this evening during a conference call by the Regents," the university system said in a statement. The leaders of individual campuses are expected to send out information later in the day. Morgan State University and Johns Hopkins have already announced their students will not be returning to campus. (Balt. Sun)

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