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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.
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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.

Montgomery County approves limited solar development in agricultural reserve

The Montgomery County Council opened the door for solar farms in the suburb’s 93,000-acre agricultural reserve Tuesday, voting 7 to 2 to approve a zoning amendment that would allow such development in the protected area for the first time since its formation 40 years ago. The decision came after more than a year of heated debate that pit environmentalists and solar developers against farmers and preservationists, and divided the all-Democratic county council.

Baltimore Faith Leaders Want New City Officials To Know They’re Around To Lend Helping Hand, Keep Watchful Eye
Baltimore’s faith community wants newly elected City officials to know that they’re here to offer a helping hand, as well as a watchful eye. Telly Smith is part of the Green Ambassador Program. “I’m doing the same thing I do every week,” Smith said. “To help out the community, to clean up the streets of Baltimore.” The program provides job training sponsored by Wheelabrator Baltimore and a coalition of local churches.
Read More: WJZ
Baltimore City schools planning to test students and staff in schools for COVID-19 weekly

The Baltimore City school system will begin weekly, voluntary testing of its staff and students for COVID-19 in March, even when they are not showing symptoms and are unaware of any exposure to the virus. The new testing would mean Baltimore City will offer some of the most comprehensive screening among Baltimore-area school districts. The city is already administering tests to those who come to school with symptoms. The tests are collected by a University of Maryland Medical Center mobile lab that visits schools to pick up the kits.

Read More: Baltimore Sun

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