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Baltimore County schools to move to four days per week of in-person elementary classes

In mid-May, Baltimore County elementary school parents who have opted to send their children back to school buildings will have more time in the classroom.Beginning May 10, families of all elementary school studentswill have the choice between in-person learning four days per week (with one day of virtual learning) or five days of virtual learning. The change also applies to students in public day schools like Ridge Ruxton School and to students receiving special education services primarily outside of general education in other grades.

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Ocean City, Maryland Seeks To Shush The Boardwalk A Little

The Town of Ocean City is considering a new noise ordinance this week to tighten up on loud music and shouting on its iconic boardwalk. The town council will take up discussion at its Monday meeting on the proposal, which limits noise from speakers, radios, or human shouting or yelling to between 60 and 75 decibels depending on the time of day and location on the boardwalk. Sixty decibels is a typical conversational level, according to the Centers for Disease Control.

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University System Of Maryland Considering COVID Vaccination Requirements This Fall
The University of Maryland System may require all students get vaccinated before returning to campus in the fall. The chancellor will develop a policy after getting input from the university presidents. Despite that, he said widespread vaccination is the only way the upcoming semester will resemble pre-pandemic normal. Once a decision is made, it will impact thousands of students at 12 colleges, including Towson, Bowie State and the University of Maryland College Park. They did not give a date for a final decision.
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Covid-19 Vaccine Bottle Mockup (does not depict actual vaccine).
Pause In Johnson & Johnson Vaccine Could Delay Maryland’s Goals As Baltimore City Emerges As Potential New Hotspot
Maryland added 1,564 coronavirus cases and 16 deaths as hospitalizations decreased Friday. Hospitalizations went down by 12 to 1,232. Of those, 296 people are in ICU beds and 936 are in acute care. The state’s positivity rate went down slightly to 5.67% The state conducted 46,427 coronavirus tests in the last day. Since the pandemic began in the state there have been 433,359 confirmed COVID-19 cases. At this time, 8,342 Marylanders have died. As of Friday morning, there are 1,535,111 Marylanders fully vaccinated for the virus.
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Teens at a Baltimore County magnet school saw a need adults couldn’t meet. So they stepped in to mentor others.

Five Baltimore County high schoolers have launched a mentorship program to chaperon younger students — separated from school counselors and peers by COVID-19 — as they navigate challenging educational hurdles. The Eastern Technical High School student program — called the Domino Effect Initiative — began in January with the goal of hosting webinars that coach kids through seemingly opaque topics such as financial assistance, standardized testing and course selection. The program’s name refers to the founders’ goal of creating a “domino effect” in which students pass on their new knowledge and skills to friends.

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Video of BCPS Board meetings shows profanity, pornography, verbal altercations

A video of Baltimore County School Board meetings is making the rounds on social media. The video comes with a warning label and, as of Thursday afternoon, has been viewed 13,000 times. “To hear pornographic sounds during a meeting, to have f-bombs dropped during meetings, to have verbal altercations on the meetings — its just inappropriate and these are the people that are supposedly helping our children,” said parent Dave Patrick.

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After a year of COVID-related isolation, Baltimore Muslims thankful for drive-thru dinner to break Ramadan fast

It’s 2 1/2 hours before sunset, a drizzle is falling under gloomy skies, and the cars are lined up by the dozen in the parking lot of the Islamic Society of Baltimore. Drivers and passengers, many wearing headscarves or skullcaps, wait in minivans, luxury sedans and old beaters for a signal to move forward. On reaching the entrance to the mosque, they’ll be handed fresh, boxed meals to take home to their families. It’s a coronavirus-era version of the communal ceremonial dinner known as iftar, a nightly observance for Muslims during Ramadan, a holy month that began Monday.

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Maryland reports over 1,000 COVID cases; hospitalizations, testing positivity inch up

For the third day in a row, Maryland health officials reported more than 1,000 new coronavirus cases, while more than 1,200 people remained in hospitals across the state fighting the disease. The state added 1,444 coronavirus infections, bringing the state’s pandemic case count to 431,795, according to health department data.

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State agrees to provide vaccines, cleaner conditions for inmates at Baltimore jail to end COVID-19 lawsuit

All detainees at the Chesapeake Detention Facility in Baltimore will be offered coronavirus vaccines by May 1 and the facility will undergo monthly independent inspections, ending a federal lawsuit and providing a level of protection from COVID-19 that inmates and their supporters sought. The settlement between detainees and the state Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services requires officials at the facility to take steps in line with state and federal guidelines, and with what much of those outside the prison walls have been allowed.

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This illustration, created at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), reveals ultrastructural morphology exhibited by coronaviruses. Note the spikes that adorn the outer surface of the virus, which impart the look of a corona surrounding the virion, when viewed electron microscopically. A novel coronavirus, named Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), was identified as the cause of an outbreak of respiratory illness first detected in Wuhan, China in 2019. The illness caused by this virus has been named coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
‘Deeply concerning’: Baltimore City emerging as a COVID hot spot; officials urge vigilance

Cases of COVID-19 in Baltimore City have spiked in recent weeks, outpacing every county in Maryland and rivaling an infection level not recorded since the winter peak. The reasons aren’t entirely clear, but state and local data suggest the pandemic could worsen still in the city before it gets better this summer as vaccinations against the disease continue. Cases and hospitalizations are rising in the state generally, though remain well below their mid-January peak, and state and local health officials are cautioning people to wear masks, practice social distancing and get tested after traveling or if they think they’ve been exposed.

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