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USM, hit hard by pandemic cuts, expects no reductions in FY22 budget

The University System of Maryland took the largest financial cuts of any state agency after the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic last spring, according to system Chancellor Jay Perman. The system faced a $223 million deficit towards the end of fiscal year 2020 when the pandemic hit, as well as a deficit of $633 million in FY21 — a $856 million shortfall in total — due to losses of tuition, housing and other revenue, as well as the influx of COVID-19-related costs.

FCPS budget public hearing sees dearth of community input

After a somewhat quiet public hearing about the Frederick County Public Schools proposed fiscal 2022 budget Wednesday night, a school system spokesman confirmed Thursday night that FCPS had been unaware that approximately 30 comments by the community were submitted and not read during the hearing. Daryl Boffman, executive director of public affairs for FCPS, said the misstep was found at some point Thursday.

Annapolis police chief: Internal audit caught uninvestigated sexual assault cases, officer ‘trying to cover his tracks’

When Ed Jackson was sworn in as Annapolis police chief in July 2019 after acting as Inspector General of Baltimore police, one of his first orders of duty was to inspect every unit of his new department. Jackson set out to improve relationships between police and communities by holding his own department accountable. And in the process, the department found an officer they believe “failed to do what he was sworn to do,” Jackson said.

Read More: Baltimore Sun
‘We’re moving along’: Nearly 15,000 Carroll County residents have received COVID-19 vaccine

Some 15,000 Carroll countians have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, including some three-quarters of those in long-term care facilities, more than one-third of school system employees and basically any first responder who wanted it, Health Officer Ed Singer told the Board of County Commissioners on Thursday.

Howard County school system to have new start times when hybrid learning begins March 1

The Howard County Public School System announced Wednesday the start times for all 77 schools once hybrid learning begins March 1. All school start times will be 20 minutes later than they were when students were last in school buildings in March 2020. Elementary schools will start between 8:35 and 9:45 a.m., middle schools will begin between 8 and 8:45 a.m., and the first bell for all 12 high schools will be 7:45 a.m. Elementary and middle schools will start at different times to maximize bus route efficiency.

Read More: Baltimore Sun
FCPS enters new agreement with employee unions

Frederick County Public Schools and the three main employee unions have reached a new work agreement after weeks of negotiations. The new memorandum of understanding will offer protections to employees of the school system as it transitions into a hybrid learning model beginning Feb. 16.

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).
Maryland reports lower coronavirus case count and new vaccination totals following snowstorm

Maryland health officials reported 942 new cases of the coronavirus Wednesday, and 31 more deaths caused by the virus. It’s the second day in a row that the state has reported fewer than 1,000 new cases. The last time the state reported less than 1,000 new cases on consecutive days was Nov. 2 and 3.

Read More: Baltimore Sun
Montgomery County teacher vaccination effort left out private-school educators at start

Cecilia Rajnic is eager to get vaccinated. But after the second-grade teacher heard about an immunization effort that involved thousands of slots for educators in suburban Maryland, she soon learned she was not eligible. She teaches at a Catholic school. “How is it even possible?” she recalled thinking. “I’m a teacher, too, and I’m teaching in person already, so why wouldn’t I have at least the same access?”

Outbreak of COVID-19 at Baltimore federal jail prompts lockdown even as feds prepare to resume grand jury proceedings

An outbreak of coronavirus at the federal jail in Baltimore has alarmed public defenders and caused authorities to announce they are locking down the compound. State officials report more than 100 inmates have contracted the virus at the Chesapeake Detention Facility, the state-run lockup for men and women awaiting federal trial. James Wyda, the federal public defender for Maryland, said 132 inmates there tested positive in the past month — or one in three.

Read More: Baltimore Sun
As HCPS Accelerates Elementary Students’ Return, Vaccinations for Secondary Teachers Canceled Due to Lack of Supply

Elementary school students can return to in-person learning two days a week beginning March 1 rather than one day per week, Harford County Public Schools announced on Wednesday—within the same hour that an estimated 2,000 HCPS employees across the county, including secondary educators, saw their COVID-19 vaccination appointments canceled by the Harford County Health Department due to lack of supply. In a revision to its Return to In-Person Learning Plan announced just after 4 p.m. Wednesday, elementary school students can opt to attend schools in-person two days per week March 1, with the school system eyeing an expansion to four days per week of in-person education by April 1.

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