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At Indian Cave State Park in Nebraska, there is a small village that has been restored, one building is an old-time schoolhouse – not much to look at from the outside but well-maintained inside.
Anne Arundel County Schools Weigh Options Over CDC’s 3 Feet Social Distancing Guidelines For K-12

New CDC guidelines shorten COVID social distancing guidelines for kids in classrooms to now stay three feet apart with masks on instead of six feet. Anne Arundel County school board officials met Tuesday to discuss the announcement. “I think the three feet distancing guidelines gives us a little bit of wiggle room,” George Arlotto, Superintendent of Anne Arundel County Schools, said. During a virtual meeting, the school board discussed the new changes, which now says elementary school students can sit three feet apart inside classrooms with masks on regardless of community transmission.

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Mass Vaccination Site To Launch At Navy-Marine Corp Stadium On April 15
Anne Arundel County will launch a COVID-19 mass vaccination site at Navy-Marine Corp Stadium by mid-April, County Executive Steuart Pittman announced Tuesday. A soft launch of the site will happen on April 15-16, Pittman said, when they hope to vaccinate 500 per day. The county projects they will be able to vaccinate 1,000 per day starting April 17-18 and then will get up to 1,500 per day starting April 21.
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Archeologists Working To Unearth One Of The Oldest English Colonies In Maryland
A group of archeologists is working to unearth the first major foothold of a European settlement in the State of Maryland. It’s a slow process digging through history, but the team of archaeologists with Historic St. Mary’s City is up to the task. They’re working to unearth one of the oldest English settlements to land in Maryland. “You’re looking at the archaeological evidence of the fort that was constructed here in 1634,” Ruth Mitchell, Senior Staff Archaeologist, said.
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Maryland enters new COVID-19 vaccination eligibility phase

Maryland is entering the next phase of the state’s COVID-19 vaccination eligibility. Maryland enters Phase 2B on Tuesday to enable Marylanders age 16 and older with underlying medical conditions that increase the risk for severe COVID-19 illness. Acting Maryland Health Secretary Dennis Schrader told a panel of state lawmakers on Monday that the state will continue to prioritize vaccinating people 65 and older.


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Md. colleges chart a course toward ‘normalcy’ in the fall

More Maryland schools have announced plans to expand in-person instruction in the summer and fall, while one has already begun increasing in-person learning midsemester. Goucher College in Towson welcomed about 100 students back to campus the weekend of March 27 after conducting classes entirely virtually throughout the semester’s first seven weeks. The school had already had around 100 students living on campus.

As more vaccine doses arrive, infection rate going up, too

Maryland is expecting more than 450,000 doses of coronavirus vaccine as soon as next week as part of an increase in shipment to states from the federal government. State officials are expecting larger shipments at the very same time Maryland and other states are experiencing increased cases and hospitalizations. Acting Health Secretary Dennis Schrader told members of the Senate Vaccination Oversight Work Group Monday that by May the number of doses arriving weekly could approach 560,000.

Baltimore-area school systems won’t immediately adopt new federal, state spacing recommendations

Baltimore-area school districts say they will consider the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s newest recommendations for social distancing in schools, but stopped short of saying the guidelines will accelerate a return to in-person instruction. State officials delivered a letter Thursday to local superintendents stating Maryland has adopted the new CDC guidelines that allow for public school students to maintain just 3 feet of distance between each other while in the classroom, instead of the previous recommendation of 6 feet.

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Johns Hopkins launches tool to track global school reopenings, teacher vaccinations

Johns Hopkins University helped build yet another tracking tool to monitor the evolving conditions of the Covid-19 pandemic — this one showing how schools worldwide are coping and recovering. Hopkins partnered with the World Bank and UNICEF to launch Covid-19 Global Education Recovery Tracker. The partners are using survey data to track the status of education and school reopenings in more than 200 countries and territories across the globe. They hope the data collected can be used by education and public health stakeholders as they make decisions about how to proceed with school programming as the world enters its second year of the pandemic.

New rankings: Hopkins, University of Maryland grad programs earn three top spots

Johns Hopkins University is home to the top graduate-level surgery, radiology, anesthesiology, biomedical engineering, public health and nursing masters programs in the country, according to new rankings from U.S. News & World Report. Hopkins’ School of Nursing held onto its No. 1 spot among 220 master of nursing programs nationwide in the 2022 Best Graduate Schools rankings. Its doctor of nursing program also rose one spot to No. 2, behind Rush University and ahead of about 160 other schools.

All Maryland Health Departments Will Receive Doses Of Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 Vaccine This Week

All local Maryland Health Departments will receive doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine this week, according to Mike Ricci, Gov. Larry Hogan’s spokesperson. The governor’s office said allocations have increased by 91% this week. Every health department will receive 200 doses of the J&J vaccine, except for Prince George’s County who will receive 600 doses of the J&J vaccine. That is in addition to the other vaccine doses the local health departments will receive.

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