Here's why some Baltimore area colleges are requiring flu shots this school year

Colleges and universities nationwide, including some in Greater Baltimore, are rolling out new policies this academic year aimed at avoiding a potential "twindemic" of the flu and Covid-19. McDaniel College in Westminster and Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore are among the schools that have already announced a new requirement for anyone coming onto campus this year: getting the flu vaccine. Although the Hopkins campus is still closed to most faculty and students, the institution announced that anyone visiting the Homewood grounds, including faculty or students working at on-site research labs, must receive the vaccine by December. At McDaniel, the vaccine will be required for all students before they return to campus for the spring semester. (Balt Bus Journal)

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The Universities at Shady Grove's new director says she looks to meet local needs

Anne Khademian, a Virginia Tech professor and presidential fellow, is leaving after a 17-year career at the Blacksburg school's Northern Virginia campus, to become the executive director of the Universities at Shady Grove.  Khademian, who’ll officially take on the role Oct. 19, will replace Stewart Edelstein, who is retiring after 18 years at the helm. She will also take on a dual job as associate vice chancellor for academic affairs for the University System of Maryland. (Balt Bus Journal)

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America's missing kids: Amid COVID-19 and online school, thousands of students haven't shown up

Before life went sideways in March, Jennifer Ludtke and her daughters were deeply rooted in the public schools in Las Vegas. Ludtke was a principal of a charter high school and had worked in the Clark County School District, and her daughters took advanced classes at a district middle school. This year, after a lot of research about COVID-19 and schooling options and after the district announced it was starting virtually, Ludtke withdrew the girls and enrolled them in a state college that offers online classes. They’re earning both college and high school credit in English and math. (Because the girls are 12 and 13, the college administrators asked to interview them first – then offered them a grant toward tuition.) (USA Today/Delmarva)

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Some public schools in Maryland open for kids who need it most

Most students in Maryland logged onto computers from home this fall as they started an unprecedented school year virtually. But at Greensboro Elementary, on the state’s Eastern Shore, children with backpacks and lunch­boxes showed up on the first day. Since then, their numbers have been growing. They include children with disabilities, some of whom one recent day were in a small classroom with bright bins of supplies and a colorful garland. A young boy sorted cups with a teacher. Another child called out sight words. It was hands-on and one-to-one — a flicker of the old normal but with masks and social distancing. (Wash Post)

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McDaniel College raises COVID-19 alert level status to yellow after recording 4 positive tests in past week

After seeing a slight uptick in COVID-19 cases among members of its campus community, McDaniel College increased its alert level status one step, to Yellow, on Monday, communicating that information through an email to students and staff and an update to its website. McDaniel has seen four positive tests in the past week.
The college began the school year on Yellow level and switched to Green, the lowest level, on Sept. 16. At that point, the school community had logged 10 positive tests in the month since students began returning to campus and only two in the previous nine days. (Carr Co Times)

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Baltimore Polytechnic Institute Student Says School Needs To Do More To Help Students Process Breonna Taylor’s Death

A student from Baltimore Polytechnic Institute took to social media to call out school administrators for not providing more spaces for students to talk about issues affecting the Black community. In a lengthy Instagram video, tenth-grader Talayah Walker said only one of her seven teachers has opened a discussion in the classroom for students to express their feelings about the Breonna Taylor case. (WJZ)

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City Schools Meal Site At Waverly Elementary Closed Monday

A city schools meal site is closed Monday. The meal site at Waverly Elementary School will be closed September 28. No reason was given. However, the Student Learn Center at Waverly will be open and meals will be served to its students. (WJZ)

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Covid-19 pushed students online. Now Blackboard co-founder Michael Chasen thinks he has a new fix.

“The discussion that's missing on the national level is the net effect of what is going on right now and how it's going to affect the kids,” Chasen said. "We are hurting a generation of kids with this.” And it’s not because online learning can’t be successful, Chasen stressed. It's that online learning needs to rapidly evolve to meet the more complex needs for teachers to translate their in-person lessons, and do so seamlessly. (Wash Bus Journal)

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