Prince George’s Community College to Forgive $2.87M in Student Debt

This week, Prince George’s Community College (PGCC) announced that it will forgive more than $2.87 million in outstanding student debt from the 2020-2021 academic year for students enrolled during the COVID-19 pandemic. The debt relief, funded through the CARES Act Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund, will assist approximately 3,893 credit and continuing education students. “Funding provided by the CARES Act makes it possible for thousands of our students, who otherwise may not have been able,…

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BREAKING NEWS: Legislative Committee Approves Masking for All Public Schools

This morning, the General Assembly’s Joint Committee on Administrative, Executive and Legislative Review (AELR) approved emergency regulations to require masks in all of Maryland's public schools. The AELR Committee, which met for several hours today to consider the regulations, voted 10-7 to require masks to be worn in all of the states’ public school facilities to mitigate transmission of COVID-19 and the Delta variant. On August 26, the State Board of Education endorsed the emergency regulations, which were then transmitted…

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County Leaders, Don’t Miss MACo’s Fall Symposium – ARPA Deep Dive Opportunity

MACo's 2021 Fall Symposium will be held in late September and will focus on American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding. Every Fall, MACo hosts a daylong symposium to facilitate learning and information-sharing around a priority topic for county governments. For 2021, county leaders will take a deeper dive into guidance and opportunities around federal recovery funds. Attendees will discuss business investments, renter relief, broadband connections, and nonprofit partnerships. We’ll assess the latest guidance from Treasury…

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What Does the New Federal COVID Action Plan Mean for Maryland’s Counties?

On September 9, the Biden administration announced a new COVID-19 Action Plan, featuring new administrative and regulatory actions to improve vaccination rates across the country. Of the six components to the new plan, titled, “The Path Out of the Pandemic,” at the forefront for county governments is a vaccine mandate for all federal agencies, federal contractors, and employers with 100 or more employees in the 28 states that participate in the Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health…

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Prince George’s County Schools Announces New COVID-19 Vaccination Policies

On Friday, the Prince George's County school system announced a series of new policies regarding COVID-19 vaccinations and testing. The new policies, which go into effect the week of September 20, include: Random COVID-19 pool testing of students will be conducted regardless of any symptoms or vaccination status (guardians must provide consent prior to testing). 10% of students with consent forms on file will be tested. Proof of vaccination will be required for students 12 and older…

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Baltimore City to Announce ARPA Investments, Urges Nonprofits to Apply for Funds

Today, Baltimore City Mayor Brandon Scott announced that nonprofits on October 1 can begin applying for money from the Mayor’s Office of Recovery Programs, which is managing the City's historic $640 million investment through the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA). As previously reported on Conduit Street, ARPA provides $65.1 billion in direct, flexible aid to every county in America, along with other critical investments in local communities. The City will announce the first round of ARPA…

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Baltimore County Announces New Employee Vaccination Policy

As the latest effort to combat rapidly increasing COVID-19 cases amid the contagious Delta variant, Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski today announced that beginning October 15, 2021, all County employees must show proof of vaccination or be tested for COVID-19 weekly. “Public health is a shared responsibility, and we each have to do our part to protect the health and wellbeing of our workforce and the public we serve,” Olszewski said. “Vaccinations are still our…

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BREAKING NEWS: Montgomery County to Require Student Athletes to be Vaccinated against COVID-19

In a Board of Education meeting today, Montgomery County officials announced the updated policy. Interim Superintendent Monifa McKnight announced on Thursday that student athletes in the county's K-12 public schools who intend to participate in winter and spring sports and who are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine will need to do so in order to be eligible to play. The story is developing, but for more information on the county's COVID policies, visit its website.

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Maryland Approves COVID-19 Booster Shots for Older Adults in Certain Settings

Today, Governor Larry Hogan announced the Maryland Department of Health (MDH) will be issuing an order making older adults living in congregate care settings eligible for COVID-19 vaccine booster shots. The announcement comes despite the federal government having "not yet issued formal rules for when most Americans should get [booster shots]." “Unfortunately, for several weeks now, states have had to operate without clear guidance from the federal government” on booster shots, Hogan said. “The limited guidance…

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