Towson University planning to welcome back football players July 6, hoping for full sports calendar

Towson University is planning to welcome back student-athletes from its fall sports later this summer, beginning with football players on July 6. Athletic director Tim Leonard made the announcement Thursday afternoon during an hour-long online briefing on the state of the university’s athletics landscape in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. (Balt Sun)

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Six months in, Johns Hopkins experts weigh in on the coronavirus: ‘We are really still in our first wave'

Half a year has passed since the coronavirus entered our world, and a group of experts from Johns Hopkins University say they agree on one thing: The pandemic isn’t over and could still get worse. “There has been much discussion of a second surge, and usually by this we mean something that comes in the fall when we have other respiratory diseases as well,” said Dr. Lisa Maragakis, senior director of infection prevention for the Johns Hopkins Health System. “We are really still in our first wave.” (Balt Sun)

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Morgan State's president took some online classes. Here's what he learned.

David Wilson "learned a hell of a lot" about his university's students and when he decided to take two online classes amid Covid-19. The Morgan State University president said he realized as about 8,000 students were asked to complete their spring semester courses entirely online due to the pandemic, he had no idea what taking an online college class was like. (Balt Bus Journal)


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Bowie State will return for fall classes with fewer students on campus

Bowie State University will bring students back for the fall semester in phases start Aug. 31, reducing the number of students on campus to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus. The plan is part of an effort across Maryland to resume college classes. At The University of Maryland, College Park, the largest employer in Prince George’s County, students will have their temperatures checked daily, testing will be required for anyone with a fever or symptoms and virus levels will be tracked in in campus wastewater. (Balt Sun)

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McDaniel College announces plan for fall student return to campus with hybrid class options, safety measures

Westminster will see the return of college students in August. McDaniel College informed students that the college campus will be reopening to students for the fall 2020 semester, with a hybrid mix of online and in-person classes and many changes to campus life. President Roger Casey created the Return to the Hill Task Force, led by Executive Vice President/Provost Julia Jasken, to make recommendations on nearly every aspect of college operations. They received guidance from state and county health officials. (Carr Co Times)

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Carroll County making plans for return to fall high school sports, despite uncertain future

The first day of practice for fall high school sports in 2020 is Aug. 12, as mandated by the Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association. Whether the coronavirus pandemic will affect the calendar is still uncertain, but Carroll County is trying its best to plan ahead. Michael Duffy, the county’s supervisor of athletics, said Carroll is in the process of creating a schedule that will allow fall sports athletes and coaches to gather for conditioning and practice activities. (Carr Co Times)

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University of Maryland plans for campus return include checking temperatures, more testing and new ways to track virus

The University of Maryland, College Park is planning a number of ways to track and contain the coronavirus when the school begins a phased reopening in August, including checking temperatures daily, requiring testing for anyone with a fever or symptoms, and tracking virus levels in campus wastewater. (Balt Sun)

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As Naval Academy superintendent condemns racism, a mid’s tweets present a challenge

The Naval Academy has removed a plaque outside of Maury Hall that depicts a Confederate flag. It was described as a first step for the academy in responding to racism and bigotry, highlighted by the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery, announced by Superintendent Vice Adm. Sean Buck in a video released Monday. (Capital)

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