Harford Grants Additional $2.1 Million for Public School COVID-19 Expenses

Harford County Executive Barry Glassman granted an additional $2.1 million to Harford County Public Schools (HCPS) for COVID-19 related expenses. This $2.1 million is in addition to to a prior grant of $5 million from the county's CARES Act funding, which was distributed to the school system in October. From the press release: Harford’s major outlays of CARES Act funds for public health included the costs of personal protective equipment (PPE) for first responders; cleaning…

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MD General Assembly Posts Pre-Filed Bill List

The Maryland General Assembly Senate and House pre-filed bill lists are now available on the General Assembly website. Although the list of pre-file bills are available, there is no bill text at this time. Currently, readers are able to view the bill title, sponsor, and committee assignment. As of today, there are 780 total House and Senate pre-filed bills and resolutions listed on the website. This will be updated to reflect updates on the General…

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Montgomery Libraries Launch Mobile Hotspot Lending Program

Montgomery County Public Libraries (MCPL) today announced the launch of "Internet to Go," their mobile hotspot lending program for County residents. MCPL has a collection of 250 Verizon MiFi Mobile hotspots that will be available at all MCPL locations currently operating amidst the pandemic. "We know that the digital divide affects many of our County residents each day, and we are very pleased to begin this program,” said MCPL Director Anita Vassallo. "This will make…

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Sen. Cassilly: Kirwan Bill Gets Accountability Wrong

As the 2021 Legislative Session nears, the veto override of Kirwan is at the top of mind for many legislators. Maryland Matters today published a guest commentary written by Harford County Senator Robert "Bob" Cassilly (R - District 34) where he voices concerns about the bill's proposed Accountability and Implementation Board. Maryland Matters published an article written by Senator Bob Cassilly concerning the Kirwan Blueprint legislation currently being considered by the Maryland General Assembly. In…

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State Superintendent Requests Vaccine Prioritization for Child Care Workers, Teachers, & School Staff

Maryland Schools Superintendent Karen Salmon today requested that the Maryland Department of Health include teachers, school staff, and early child care professionals as the first priority in the plan for administering COVID-19 vaccinations for essential employees in Maryland. In a letter addressed to Dr. Jinlene Chan, Maryland Department of Health Acting Deputy Secretary of Public Health Services, Dr. Salmon stated that "the safety and education of our children demand immediate attention," and as these professionals…

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Harford Public Schools to Maintain Instruction During Inclement Weather
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Harford Public Schools to Maintain Instruction During Inclement Weather

Harford County Public Schools (HCPS) will maintain virtual instruction for students during inclement weather days for the 2020-21 school year. Officials announced this will allow the school system to decide earlier when inclement weather is expected and provide families with earlier notice so they are able to make necessary adjustments. The Maryland State Department of Education has approved the inclusion of virtual instruction days and therefore these days will not need to be made up…

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Howard Leverages Virtual Tools to Keep Students Learning, Despite Weather
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Howard Leverages Virtual Tools to Keep Students Learning, Despite Weather

Howard County Public School System (HCPSS) announced plans to leverage advances in virtual learning for the 2020-21 school year during closures for inclement weather. HCPSS officials announced that while in virtual, small group, or hybrid learning models, schools will use fully virtual learning when schools are closed for inclement weather. This move will allow the school system to make earlier decisions on whether to close schools, giving families longer to lead times to make arrangements.…

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Feds Alert on Cyber Threat to Schools

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), and the Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center (MS-ISAC) today issued a Joint Cybersecurity Advisory to warn that malicious cyber actors are actively targeting public school systems, leading to ransomware attacks, theft of data, and the disruption of distance learning services. As previously reported on Conduit Street, the Baltimore County Public School system last month was hit with a ransomware attack that…

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MSDE Announces School Year Priorities, Focus on Return to In-Person Instruction

In meetings this week, the Maryland State Board of Education focused on priorities during the 20-21 school year during the current COVID-19 pandemic, and the return to in-person instruction. Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) Superintendent Karen Salmon and Acting Deputy Maryland Department of Health Secretary for Public Health Services Dr. Jinlene Chan led presentations focused on the latest guidance by the Maryland Department of Health (MDH) research concerning the infection rate in schools and…

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