Howard Begins New Pedestrian Project

Howard County has started on a new construction project to provide a safe crossing for pedestrians accessing Burleigh Manor Middle School and Centennial High School in Ellicott City. The project is expected to be completed soon, weather permitting. Americans with Disabilities Act compliant sidewalk ramps and a crosswalk will be installed, along with a pedestrian refuge island in the middle of the existing roadway. From the press release: Signs and flagging operations will be in…

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Johns Hopkins Launches COVID-19 Class for Children

Johns Hopkins is launching a four-part educational course for students on the COVID-19 pandemic. Inspired by Baltimore teachers who sought help explaining the virus to their students, Hopkins hopes to integrate the free course into curriculum nationwide this fall. From WMAR Baltimore: Johns Hopkins is once again putting themselves in the national spotlight during this pandemic. First they created a COVID-19 cases map that’s widely used. Now they have developed an online curriculum to teach…

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Montgomery Rescinds Order Prohibiting In-Person Classes At Nonpublic Schools

Reemphasizing the need to protect the health and safety of Montgomery County residents as well as parents, students, teachers and staff from the spread of COVID-19, County Health Officer Dr. Travis Gayles today announced that he has rescinded his health order that prohibited nonpublic schools from opening for in-person instruction until after Oct. 1, 2020. As previously reported on Conduit Street, the County, whose public schools will be remote offerings for the coming semester, recently…

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MoCo Private Schools Debate Heading to Federal Courts

Following a week of back-and-forth regarding the authority to allow or deny private schools to re-open for in-person classes, the dispute between Montgomery County and the State of Maryland appears to be headed to the federal courts. In a predictable turn following several days of salvos, the matter of approving (or denying) private school in-person education in Montgomery County appears to be headed to federal court. The County, whose public schools will be remote offerings…

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Montgomery Doubles Down on Order to Close Private Schools Until October

In an ongoing dispute between Montgomery County officials and Governor Hogan on the authority to determine whether nonpublic schools can bring students back to campus, Montgomery County officials issued a new order to restrict in-person learning. Last week, Montgomery County Health Officer, Dr. Travis Gayles, issued an order barring in-person instruction at all schools through the end of September. In response, Hogan issued a revised emergency order that bans local Health Officers from closing schools…

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Howard Library System Goes Fine Free
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Howard Library System Goes Fine Free

As of August 1, the Howard County Library System wiped all accounts clean of existing overdue fines with exception for items in the DIY and art collections. Libraries that have eliminated overdue fines have found that return rates increase due to removing the threat of accumulating fines, which account for just two percent of Howard County Library System's budget. From the media release: Why fine free? It removes a barrier to access: Being fine free is…

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Hogan Exempts Schools from Local Health Orders Amid COVID-19 Pandemic
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Hogan Exempts Schools from Local Health Orders Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

Today, Governor Larry Hogan issued an Executive Order prohibiting "blanket school closures" in Maryland. Hogan amended a prior emergency order that authorizes Local Health Officers to close any facility deemed unsafe according to community health metrics. Today's order prohibits Local Health Officers from closing schools and instead grants public and private schools complete authority over the reopening of facilities for in-person instruction based on public health guidance. Section 1.(e)(i) removes schools from the list of…

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RALI MD Creates RALI Cares to Spot Warning Signs of Substance Abuse

Substance abuse has recently taken a backseat to coronavirus coverage, but that doesn't mean the battle is over. RALI MD, a sponsor of MACo's Summer Series, has created an educational exhibit to help readers spot the warning signs of substance abuse disorders. From RALI MD: While COVID-19 may be forcing virtual conferences, distance learning and Zoom meetings, it changes nothing for the thousands of teenagers and young adults who struggle with substance use disorders. As…

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Clarence Crawford Elected President of the Maryland State Board of Education

The Maryland State Board of Education unanimously voted to elect Clarence Crawford as president and Jean Halle as vice president for the 2020-2021 term. President Crawford was appointed as a board member in 2019 and currently serves as an adjunct professor at American University.  He "is a recipient of the Meritorious Presidential Rank Award, the African American Federal Executive Association’s Ebenezer Bassett Award, and is an elected NAPA Fellow. He earned his MPA in Finance and…

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Community College of Baltimore County to Offer Tuition-Free Semester for Some

The Community College of Baltimore County (CCBC) will allow certain students to enroll in the fall semester tuition-free in order to relieve burdens caused by COVID-19. While the University System of Maryland opted to freeze tuition costs at their current levels, CCBC is taking it to the next level and offering qualified students the ability to enroll in fall courses for free. Although details are not currently publicly available on the qualifications necessary to be…

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