MCPS spring break won’t be used for coronavirus make-up days

Montgomery County Public Schools’ spring break, scheduled for mid-April, won’t be altered to make up days schools are closed due to the coronavirus outbreak, the district announced Wednesday night. “After careful consideration, MCPS has decided to keep spring break intact and not use it for make-up days,” a message to community members said. (Bethesda Beat)

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'Spring break is over' - Coronavirus forces Naval Academy to start online semester Friday

The Naval Academy is shifting to online learning starting Friday, telling midshipmen not to come back to Annapolis because of the spreading coronavirus pandemic. In a letter to sent to mids Thursday and posted online, Vice Adm. Sean Buck, academy superintendent, said that the situation is changing too rapidly to set a date for resumption of the spring semester on campus. (Balt. Sun)

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Morgan State moves to online classes for rest of semester, vacates campus amid coronavirus

Morgan State University has mandated that all student leave campus and that classes be taken virtually for the rest of the semester as the college becomes the latest to close its doors in response to the growing coronavirus outbreak. In an announcement Tuesday, university President David K. Wilson wrote that all students currently on campus “should begin making arrangements with their families/guardians to move out of the residence halls and return home for the remainder of the semester.” (Balt. Sun)

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FCPS to train teachers for possible online instruction

Frederick County Public Schools teachers will take part in a virtual training session for one day next week to prepare for administering online instruction in case school closings are extended past two weeks. As of Tuesday, all public schools in Maryland were scheduled to be closed until March 27 due to concerns over the coronavirus. (News-Post)

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Maryland General Assembly Passes Kirwan Commission Education Funding Plan

The Maryland General Assembly gave final approval Tuesday night to a far-reaching education measure aimed at improving K-12 education throughout the state. The House of Delegates voted 96-38 Tuesday night, sending the legislation to Gov. Larry Hogan, who has vowed to oppose tax increases to pay for the plan projected to cost billions of dollars over the next decade. (AP)

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Maryland school leaders and health experts say coronavirus shutdown could take longer than two weeks

School leaders and health experts say a long term shutdown of schools — perhaps through the end of the school year — seems increasingly likely with new federal guidance showing a short closure has little impact on slowing the spread of coronavirus. On Monday, Maryland State School Superintendent Karen Salmon said she was looking at extending the closure of schools beyond the two weeks already announced. The state’s 24 school superintendents will talk to Salmon Monday afternoon about next steps. (Balt. Sun)

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Weekend Backpacks For Homeless Kids Prepares Thousands Of Meals During School Closures Due To Coronavirus

With Baltimore City school closures in place for the next two weeks amid the coronavirus pandemic, one local organization is making sure students and their families are not left hungry. For the past five years, the non-profit organization, Weekend Backpacks for Homeless Kids, have supplied meals for food insecure kids in Baltimore City schools every week. The organization is 100-percent volunteer-run and partners with 28 schools in the city. (WJZ-TV)

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Coronavirus Latest: Morgan State University Postpones Spring Commencement, Transitions Students To Online-Only Classes

Morgan State University announced Tuesday that it will transition to online-only classes for the rest of the semester and postpone and reschedule spring commencement amid the coronavirus pandemic. The University said faculty and students will utilize available technology and software to complete the remaining required coursework for the semester.  (WJZ-TV)

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