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Baltimore County school board sends $1.74B budget to county executive’s desk

Baltimore County Board of Education passed a $1.74 billion budget plan Tuesday night, sending it to the county executive and council for final consideration. The budget plan for the 2021-22 academic year calls for adding 15 minutes to the school day, providing a 2% cost of living increase for unionized employees and hiring more teachers, counselors, social workers and healthcare providers. If approved, the board’s plan would also reallocate funds —as yet, unidentified — to increase spending per pupil and to create $175,000 for school grants for family engagement.

Read More: Baltimore Sun
Older Marylanders are searching frantically for vaccines. Few are finding them.

From his home in Sharpsburg, Maryland, 70-year-old Gary Robinson started making phone calls in search of a COVID-19 vaccine for himself and his wife. In Baltimore, 69-year-old Joel White went to the state’s vaccine website, only to learn he would have to register with individual medical providers to find a shot. All the way in Indiana, Cheri Hampton-Farmer started researching online: how could she locate vaccines for her 86-year-old father and 90-year-old mother living in Hagerstown?

Read More: Delmarva Now
Maryland adds 862 coronavirus cases, 27 COVID-19 deaths

Maryland health officials reported 862 new cases of the coronavirus Wednesday, as well as 27 fatalities associated with the disease. The daily tallies bring the state to 378,490 and 7,607 total COVID-19 cases and deaths, respectively, since officials began tracking the disease in March. Maryland confirmed its first cases March 5.

Read More: Baltimore Sun
COVID cases in Carroll schools decline again; officials remind citizens to be diligent because pandemic isn’t over

Positive COVID-19 cases in the Carroll County Public Schools system dropped significantly this week as the system readies to return students to buildings full time. Carroll County’s Board of Education recently voted to allow students to return to the buildings at least four days a week by March 22, and cases have been trending downward for over a month. The Carroll County Public Schools dashboard that tracks positive coronavirus cases reported Wednesday that 48 people — 11 staff members and 37 students — have the virus this week.

Howard University establishes Marriott-Sorenson Center for Hospitality Leadership with $20M endowment

The J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott Foundation and Howard University, Wednesday announced the establishment of the Marriott-Sorenson Center for Hospitality Leadership with a $20 million endowment gift to the university. In addition, Marriott International announced the creation of the Arne M. Sorenson Hospitality Fund, which will support the critical programmatic and career development elements of the center. This fund is dedicated to helping the industry build leadership talent in hospitality.

Carroll County Public Schools to unveil return plan at Wednesday night meeting

Carroll County Public Schools has drafted a plan to start returning students to school buildings full time, recognizing that previous levels of social distancing likely won’t be possible, which was discussed Wednesday night at an “updates” school board meeting. The Carroll County Board of Education voted Feb. 10 to allow students to return to in-person learning at least four days a week by March 22.

External Cameras On Howard County Schools Buses Will Catch Drivers Who Pass Illegally

It’s illegal to pass a school bus when it’s stopping or stopped with a stop sign extended and lights flashing. But over and over again drivers ignore that law and do it anyway, putting the lives of student passengers at risk. Now in Howard County, it’ll be much easier to catch the drivers who break that law. Starting March 1, schools buses that serve the Howard County Public School System will have external cameras installed to capture the license plates of drivers who pass buses illegally.

Read More: WJZ
Baltimore City Schools To Offer Weekly COVID-19 Testing For Students, Staff

As schools across Maryland prepare for students to return to the classroom in some form, Baltimore City Public Schools plans to offer weekly COVID-19 testing for all students and staff members. The tests will be offered to people regardless of whether they are showing symptoms of the virus or not in an effort to provide early detection of possible cases.

Read More: WJZ
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Maryland Planning Statewide Pre-Registration System For Appointments At Mass Vaccination Sites
Maryland will launch a statewide pre-registration system online next month for people to register for COVID-19 vaccine appointments at mass vaccination sites, the state’s acting health secretary said Monday. The pre-registration system will enable the state to manage the flow of appointments, Dennis Schrader told a panel of lawmakers during a meeting online about the system. He also said it would help better coordinate with county health departments to manage appointments.
Read More: WJZ
Montgomery County to bring students back to school in March and April

Despite protest from teachers and parents, elected officials in Montgomery County are moving ahead with a plan expected to gradually bring students back into school buildings in March and April. Teachers picketed outside school board offices as the board met Tuesday — a show of opposition that came a week after a vote of “no confidence” in the system’s reopening plan, citing the need for employee vaccinations, tighter safety measures and more resources.

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