Inside a Montgomery County classroom, where space, and lots of tape, are paramount

Reopening school buildings in a pandemic has a lot to do with space, which was clear Thursday at College Gardens Elementary School, as Montgomery County officials invited reporters to get a glimpse of how campuses could look when classes resume next month. Outside the Rockville school, taped markers showed where students could form lines, with children arranged six feet apart. (Wash Post)

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Howard County school board pushes back start of academic year by two weeks, mulls fall reopening plan

The Howard County Board of Education voted to push back the start of the 2020-21 academic year while it considered different fall reopening plans amid the coronavirus pandemic during its meeting Thursday night. Instead of starting Aug. 25, the first instructional day will be Sept. 8, one day after Labor Day. The first staff day will be Aug. 25. (Balt Sun)

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Full reopening for Carroll County schools? In-person commenters say yes, union reps voice concerns at BOE meeting

Exactly two months before the school year is scheduled to begin on Sept. 8, the Carroll County Board of Education held its first hybrid meeting with some board members and citizens attending and others chiming in virtually. The logistics of reopening — or not — in the fall were the focus of the public comment that started off the meeting before the board got into administrative business. (Carr Co Times)

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Johns Hopkins University Launches School Reopening Guide Website

Johns Hopkins University is out with a new website that it says will help schools keep track of reopening policies and guidelines amid the coronavirus pandemic. The site includes a school reopening checklist with a number of guidelines for administrators to keep in mind, a roundup of the latest news updates and a list of equity-oriented reopening policies. In a news release, Annette Campbell Anderson, the deputy director of the JHU Center for Safe and Healthy Schools, highlighted the importance of schools in the reopening process. (WJZ)

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Teachers' Union Leader Says Schools Need Resources For Whatever Form Learning Takes In Fall

The president of Maryland's teachers union said Wednesday that no matter what form learning takes in the fall, teachers are going to need more resources. "Our educators want to be with their students, they want to educate but we want to be safe," said Cheryl Bost, president of the Maryland State Education Association. She said President Donald Trump and U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos are "out of touch with the ground-level needs. Trump has demanded school systems open on schedule in the fall and has threatened to withhold federal funds from systems that do not do so. It's unclear if he has the authority to do that. (WBAL)

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Loyola University Maryland Will Offer Combination Of In-Person, Online Learning In Fall; Plans To Add Modular Classrooms, Dining Tent

Loyola University Maryland will move to a hybrid model combining in-person and online learning when students return in the fall, the university said Thursday. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the university plans to also rent off-campus housing to supplement on-campus options and add ten modular classrooms and a dining tent to campus. Students who want to take classes online only will be able to do so, the university said. (WJZ)

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How will new ICE rule preventing international students from taking only online classes affect Marylanders?

The Trump administration this week released new guidelines for international students in the U.S., stating that students taking exclusively online courses at U.S. institutions this fall will have to return to their home countries. The decision, which reversed the policies regarding online coursework that had been in place for the spring and summer semesters due to COVID-19, has left students and schools scrambling for solutions. (Balt Sun)

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CDC director: School reopening guidelines won't change despite Trump complaints

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will not change its guidance for reopening schools despite pressure from President Trump. Director Robert Redfield told ABC's Good Morning America on Thursday that his agency would instead provide supplemental information to assist schools as classes begin in the fall. "Our guidelines are our guidelines, but we are going to provide additional reference documents to aid basically communities in trying to open K-through-12s," Redfield said. "It's not a revision of the guidelines; it's just to provide additional information to help schools be able to use the guidance we put forward." (Examiner)

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