Maryland Education Board Mandates 3.5 Hours Of Daily On-Camera Instruction; Teachers Say Change Comes Too Close To Start Of School Year

After hours of debate, the Maryland State Board of Education on Tuesday passed a motion that will mandate an average of three-and-a-half hours of active, on-camera instruction during the school day. Under the motion, schools are required to be open for at least 180 school days and provide six hours of learning each day. (WJZ-TV)

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Harford schools in good shape to meet new standards set by Maryland education department, superintendent says

Harford County Superintendent Sean Bulson said the school system is already in compliance with new standards for virtual instruction set by the Maryland State Department of Education on Tuesday, with the exception of pre-kindergarten. “The major elements that they outlined, Harford County will be able to address those,” he said. “We are in compliance with the synchronous learning requirements at all grade levels except for pre-kindergarten. So we’ll need to make some changes to our pre-kindergarten plan, which we will do.” (Balt Sun)

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Teachers met with Anne Arundel County and school officials to air out concerns ahead of fall start

In an online meeting, Anne Arundel County Public school teachers asked school and county officials about reopening and what it would look like to return to school buildings. On Saturday, over 100 teachers who are members of the county union met with officials. “One of the largest goals we wanted to have in this meeting was to have Dr. Kalyanaraman, County Executive Pittman and Dr. Arlotto to hear directly what is on teachers’ mind and some of the things that they’re saying, ’this is keeping me from feeling really ready to be back in the school building,’” President Russell Leone said. (Capital)

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Harford County leaders, parents, will take part in news conference Thursday on HCPS’ virtual start to school year

Harford County parents, local elected officials and the county’s state lawmakers will discuss, during a press conference Thursday morning, how Harford County Public Schools’ plans to have virtual classes for students in the coming academic year could affect the community. The school system, which serves more than 38,000 students, plans a virtual start for the first semester of the 2020-21 school year, which begins next Tuesday. (Aegis)

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Montgomery Co. leaders reject Hogan’s late call for in-classroom learning

There’s no turning back for Maryland’s largest public school system. Students in Montgomery County will start their school year on Monday with all-virtual learning, despite Gov. Larry Hogan’s sudden call Thursday to bring back in-classroom instruction. County Executive Marc Elrich and the county council issued a joint statement, reaffirming their support for the school board’s decision, stating that it was done to “keep our children, teachers and education professionals safe.” (WTOP)

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Prince George’s Co. schools launch new virtual resources for families

Students in Prince George’s County begin school Monday and there are some new resources to help parents navigate virtual learning. The school district announced that it has a new hotline to provide live assistance and a few parent centers where they’ll offer help with navigating platforms, troubleshooting and other needs when it comes to technology or curriculum. The centers will be opening at nine schools throughout the county including High Point High School, Charles Carroll Middle School and Drew Freeman Middle School. (WTOP)

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Harford schools don’t have enough laptops for online classes

Harford County Public Schools will not be issuing laptops to most of its elementary school students when school starts in September, even though schools are starting the semester with online classes for all students. School system Superintendent Sean Bulson said Friday in a message to families that they don’t have enough laptops because of high demand and a manufacturing shortage. As a result, computers will only be issued to those in fourth grade or higher. (AP)

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Anne Arundel County Public Schools sent letter to parents, explaining decision to start semester online

Anne Arundel County Public Schools sent out letters to parents explaining the decision to keep classes online for the fall semester after Gov. Larry Hogan announced Thursday that all jurisdictions met benchmarks to reopen public schools at least partially in-person.To even consider any full in-person learning, a jurisdiction must have a positivity rate under 5% over a seven-day average. If that is the case, the county can proceed to the second metric. Currently, every jurisdiction in the state meets the threshold for the first. (Balt Sun)

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