Naval Academy awarded more than $1 million to house midshipmen in St. John’s College rooms, contract shows

St. John’s College was awarded more than $1 million to house Naval Academy midshipmen as Bancroft Hall’s capacity was limited by coronavirus quarantine and isolation, according to documents The Capital obtained through a Public Information Act request. A contract from August shows that the total award amount for the dorm rooms and space at St. John’s was $1,119,095.40. It is unclear if that is how much the Naval Academy ultimately paid. (Balt Sun)

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Ten within Carroll County Public Schools have tested positive for COVID-19 over past two weeks

Ten people within Carroll’s public school system have been confirmed as having COVID-19, more than 70 are considered persons under investigation and 142 others have been quarantined, the county’s top health official said during the weekly meeting of the Board of County Commissioners. He noted, however, that there have not been any documented cases of transmission within Carroll County Public Schools. (Carr Co Times)

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Archbishop Spalding will allow parents at high school sports games starting this week

Archbishop Spalding will allow two parents per athlete at its home games beginning Friday with its girls' soccer team’s senior night. Athletic director Jeff Parsons emailed parents Tuesday night and confirmed the news to The Capital Wednesday. Spalding currently enrolls 1,230 students and is in a hybrid learning model with students having a choice of in-person learning two days a week or remaining solely virtual. (Cap Gazette)

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Wicomico Schools Will Begin Modified Athletics In December

A vote from the state board of education will allow school systems to begin athletics next month. Last week, Wicomico County Public Schools (WCPS) announced the Maryland State Board of Education voted to allow school systems to begin the winter interscholastic athletic season on Dec. 7. The announcement comes less than a month after the Wicomico County Board of Education supported a push to begin athletics earlier than the proposed Feb. 1 start date, but later than the Oct. 7 alternative. (Dispatch)

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Johns Hopkins plans large new student center at Homewood campus entrance

Johns Hopkins University unveiled development plans this week for a massive, four-tiered center designed to serve as a hub for the institution’s student life. The 150,000-square-foot facility would be built on the west side of Charles Street at the intersection with 33rd Street, replacing the Mattin Center, an arts facility, and requiring the relocation of the Johns Hopkins memorial. (Balt Sun)

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University Of Maryland Moving To Online Learning Only After Thanksgiving Break

The University of Maryland will transition to entirely online learning with very few exceptions after Thanksgiving break. “Despite our vigilant efforts, the advent of colder weather with more of us spending more time indoors has led to increasing numbers of COVID-19 cases nationwide and here in Maryland. The U.S. recorded more than 100,000 coronavirus cases on Wednesday, which is the highest single-day total since the pandemic began. Research conducted by our faculty and our colleagues at the University of Maryland, Baltimore on the impact of climate on infection rates also suggests that we should expect a continued escalation of COVID-19 cases in our region.” the university said in a statement. (WJZ)

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Anne Arundel schools bring students already in person at centers back online, postpone hybrid learning to 2021

The Anne Arundel County school board has postponed reopening of schools for hybrid learning until at least the start of the second semester in February, as the county’s coronavirus case rate hit 15.3 Tuesday. Superintendent George Arlotto said Thursday that in-person instruction will stop after Nov. 6 at the Center of Applied Technology – North and the three developmental centers, where technology students and students with special needs have been able to get in-person instruction in small groups. (Balt Sun)

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Election Day results don’t change school board races, but more than 72,000 Anne Arundel ballots remain to be counted

Election officials in Anne Arundel County have finished uploading all the voter data from Election Day memory sticks. However, there is still plenty of work with 61,000 mail-in ballots and 10,800 remaining provisional ballots to be canvassed. As the canvass continues, the Board of Education races could hang in the balance. In three districts across the county, the races are separated by a few thousand votes each. (Balt Sun)

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