Frederick Dedicates $2.5M in CARES Funds to Support Schools

Frederick County and The City of Frederick are partnering to provide more than $3 million in relief to Frederick County Public Schools to help cover costs related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The funds will be used for food distributions, costs associated with virtual and in-person learning, and safety measures such as personal protective equipment and enhanced air filters. “Supporting the educational needs of our children is essential if we are to deliver on the promise…

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Montgomery Council Introduces Bill to Prohibit School Resource Officers

The Montgomery County Council introduced Bill 46-20, which would prohibit the Montgomery County Police Department from deploying School Resource Officers (SROs) to Montgomery County Public Schools. Montgomery County Councilmembers Will Jawando and Hans Riemer are the lead sponsors for this proposed legislation. A school resource officer is a sworn uniformed law officer trained in emergency preparedness, crisis management, community policing concepts and problem solving who is assigned to work as a liaison to Montgomery County Public…

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As COVID Cases Surge, Some School Systems Reevaluate Reopening Plans

While all Maryland public school systems began the academic year virtually, many jurisdictions hoped to transition into in-person learning, especially for certain groups of students. Now — with COVID-19 cases surging and Maryland in the "Red Zone," Governor Larry Hogan ordered reduced capacity for bars and restaurants statewide, issued an expanded public health advisory for out-of-state travel, and "strongly recommended" 25 people or less at in-person gatherings. Many counties have followed suit and further implemented even tighter…

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MD Board of Ed Selects Firm to Lead Search for State Superintendent
Dr. Karen Salmon, State Superintendent
MD Board of Ed Selects Firm to Lead Search for State Superintendent

The Maryland Board of Education has announced they will retain Greenwood/Asher & Associates to lead the search for the next Maryland State Superintendent of Schools. The firm will use a multi-phased search process including planning, community outreach, and a national recruitment strategy in order to assist the State Board in the process of selection and appointment of a new State Superintendent. From the press release: Dedicated exclusively to supporting educational organizations, Greenwood/Asher & Associates (G/A&A)…

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Anne Arundel Public Library to Offer Wi-Fi Hotspot Kits and Chromebooks

Anne Arundel County Public Library (AACPL) will now allow members to borrow Wi-Fi hotspot kits and Chromebooks thanks to funding from the Library Foundation. Wi-Fi hotspots will allow for library members to connect to the internet from a computer, phone, Roku, or other device. Hotspots will connect anywhere that has Sprint LTE data service and can be used at home, at work, or on the go. There are currently 50 available kits that can be…

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Baltimore County Announces New Funds for Schools, Expands Support for Restaurants

Amid a national surge in COVID-19 cases, Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski yesterday delivered an update on the County’s ongoing response to the pandemic, committed $11.5 million in CARES Act funding to provide supplies directly to Baltimore County Public School principals to help them prepare for eventual reopening, and provided details on the County’s latest efforts to expand direct relief for restaurants. Maryland today reported 1,338 new COVID-19 infections in the last 24 hours. This…

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MDH Releases K-12 Schools COVID Dashboard

The Maryland Department of Health released a K-12 Schools COVID-19 Dashboard dataset that reflects public and non-public K-12 schools in Maryland that have COVID-19 outbreaks. Data are based on local health department reports to MDH, which may be revised if additional information becomes available. This list does not include child care facilities or institutes of higher education. Schools listed meet 1 or more of the following criteria:     1) At least two confirmed COVID-19 cases among…

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Harford Offers $7,500 COVID-19 Relief Grants to Childcare Providers

Harford County is offering $7,500 grants to support qualifying childcare providers with ongoing COVID-19-related expenses. “Many of our smaller childcare providers have been adapting to COVID-19 restrictions since the pandemic started and now many of them are hosting students who are learning virtually,” County Executive Barry Glassman said. “Our newest grants will help some of those childcare providers continue to provide safe and comfortable environments for our children who cannot be home with their parents…

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County Ballot Questions: Here’s What We Know

Across Maryland, voters considered a number of ballot questions concerning county governance and structure. Here, Conduit Street provides the latest results for each county-specific ballot question. Allegany, Calvert, Caroline, Carroll, Charles, Dorchester, Garrett, Harford, Kent, Queen Anne's, St. Mary's, Somerset, Washington, Wicomico, and Worcester Counties did not present voters with any county-specific ballot questions. Vote totals and percentages in this article are based on unofficial results of the Maryland State Board of Elections as of Thursday, November 5,…

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