Public Schools Required to Share Federal Aid with Private Institutions

United States Education Secretary Betsy DeVos announced that public school superintendents will be required to share COVID-19 rescue funds with private schools. The Maryland State Board of Education voted to continue with traditional disbursement of equitable services for nonpublic schools and students in accordance with Title I criteria.  In a letter to the Council of Chief State School Officers, DeVos announced that “there is nothing in the act suggesting Congress intended to discriminate between children based on…

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U.S. Census Bureau Provides Educational Toolkits for Children

The United States Census Bureau's Statistics in Schools (SIS) program recently released caregiver toolkits that provide engaging educational activities for students. The four toolkits are geared toward learners from pre-K to high school, with videos, map assignments, and other age-appropriate activities to keep students engaged while learning at home. From the U.S. Census Bureau's press release: “The Statistics in Schools program has always been focused on providing additional resources to make learning about statistics and…

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Baltimore County Engages Older Adults Via ‘Virtual Senior Centers’

Amid COVID-19 pandemic Baltimore County Department of Aging ramps up virtual presence to engage and help senior residents.  The county has worked to ensure older adults continue to receive quality programming and support virtually by increasing the department's digital presence, offering online classes, and providing one-on-one staff contact. From the news release: “Our senior centers fill an important role in the lives of so many of Baltimore County’s older adults. During this unprecedented time, we’re…

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Here’s Everything You Need to Know About the June 2 Primary Election

Maryland's June 2 presidential primary election will be conducted by mail. The process is free, safe, easy, and secure. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Governor Hogan last month ordered Maryland’s presidential primary election be conducted by mail, with limited in-person voting sites across the state. This approach will ensure voters can exercise their fundamental right to vote while also safeguarding the public’s health during this pandemic. The process is free, safe, easy, and secure. Voters…

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Anne Arundel Offers Fresh Food Fridays for Seniors, Disabled Community

Anne Arundel County's Department of Aging & Disabilities and the Anne Arundel County Food Bank have implemented a new program known as Fresh Food Fridays – providing boxes of fresh produce to residents 60 years of age or older, and anyone aged 18 or older with a disability. The program starts tomorrow, May 29th, at the Heritage Complex on Riva Road in Annapolis, and will take place in Glen Burnie the following Friday. For more…

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Frederick Announces Resumption of Additional Businesses/Activities

Frederick County to lift restrictions on hair salons/barbershops, large retail, and indoor worship with limitations. Frederick County Executive Jan Gardner today announced an expanded list of businesses and activities that will be permitted to open beginning at 5 p.m. on Friday, May 29. With the signing of Executive Order 02-2020, Frederick County has fully implemented the initial portion of Stage 1 of the Governor’s "Roadmap to Recovery" plan. As of 5 p.m. on May 29, the…

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Feds Award Carroll Funding For Emergency Food and Shelter Programs

Over $50,000 in federal funds awarded to Carroll County will be used to supplement local emergency food and shelter programs.  The county received the funds through the Department of Homeland Security (DHS)/Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) under the Emergency Food and Shelter National Board Program (EFSP). As announced in a county news release: Carroll County was chosen to receive $29,779 for Phase 37 and $22,616 for Phase CARES  (which requires projects to address emerging needs…

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Montgomery to Move Forward With Phase 1 Reopening

Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich and County Health Officer Dr. Travis Gayles today announced that the County has achieved critical benchmarks to reduce the spread of COVID-19, and that Phase 1 of the gradual reopening plan will start this Monday, June 1 at 6 a.m. The County plans for an incremental reopening, based on public health data. “This is an important first step,” said County Executive Elrich. “But it is the first step, and restrictions…

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Cecil Announces Grant Program to Support Small Businesses Amid Pandemic

Cecil County Executive Alan McCarthy today introduced Cecil CARES, a new grant program for small businesses. This initiative will support the County’s small businesses, the backbone of the local economy, survive through the COVID-19 pandemic. “I am thoroughly pleased to be able to offer the Cecil CARES grant program to our local, small businesses,” said County Executive McCarthy. “Returning Cecil County to a robust economy where our businesses and community can thrive is one of…

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