Queen Anne’s to Add Outdoor Wi-Fi at Four Schools

Queen Anne's County Public School (QACPS) added outdoor internet access points for the main parking lots of Sudlersville Middle, Church Hill Elementary, Queen Anne's County High, and Grasonville Elementary schools. Students and employees are able to connect to the network and their devices have been programmed to automatically connect to the "MAC" Wi-Fi once in range of the wireless access points. QACPS also have purchased mobile hotspots to increase connectivity for students and educators who…

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CDC Issues “Re-Opening” Guidelines

The US Centers for Disease Control has issues a 60-page document, outlining guidelines for "re-opening" of businesses and activities amidst coronavirus concerns. The CDC document, released this week, spells out steps for schools, businesses and other facilities - both public and private - to take as they contemplate opening in the wake of virus-driven closures. Its release follows some widely reported back-and-forth about its specifics. See CNN coverage. Read the full CDC Document online.

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Anne Arundel Forms Joint Family Assistance Collaboration

Anne Arundel County officials, in partnership with school officials, will form a new collaboration to continue to address growing needs for students and residents. The Family Assistance Collaboration will help address needs like mental health services, childcare, and housing and income support as the COVID-19 pandemic continues. County Executive Steuart Pittman stated that he wants to get Anne Arundel staff from both the county government and school system working together to identify  needs and think…

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Family Assistance Collaboration To Help Anne Arundel Community Members

Collaboration between the county and school system seeks to help students and residents in need.  Earlier this week Anne Arundel County Executive Steuart Pittman announced the formation of the Family Assistance Collaboration. As reported in The Baltimore Sun: Pittman listed needs like housing and income support, childcare, access to computer software, mental health services and nutrition as the county continues to combat COVID-19. More than 100 residents have died to the disease in the county,…

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MD State Senator Proposes Year-Round School

Maryland State Senator Paul Pinsky, Chair of the Education, Health and Environmental Affairs Committee would like the State to consider year-round school, comprising four quarters and seasonal breaks. Although Governor Larry Hogan announced the start of the process of reopening Maryland, there is no certainty what students return to school holds or when it will occur. As previously reported, teachers favor starting the next school year as normally occurs, giving more targeted help to students…

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Increased Responsibility for Sexual Harassment Claims in School
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Increased Responsibility for Sexual Harassment Claims in School

The United States Department of Education released updates to Title IX regulations increasing the responsibility for K-12 schools to report and investigate sexual harassment and assault claims. The updates require schools to respond to allegations when any school employee has been notified by a student, rather than an earlier proposal limiting these employees to teachers. Starting August 14, schools may be liable if they do not respond to notices by other employees including coaches, cafeteria…

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Governor Vetoes Kirwan, Tax, Fiscal Bills in Silent Session Cap-off

On the final day allotted for his decision regarding legislation passed by the General Assembly during its abbreviated session, Governor Hogan vetoed 37 bills, including the high profile Kirwan Blueprint school funding legislation, and others with fiscal effects. Governor Hogan, through statements and in the absence of any traditional "bill signing ceremony," revealed his decisions regarding legislation passed during the recent legislative session, itself abbreviated by coronavirus worries. The bottom line - 37 vetoed bills,…

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Howard Students Make, Donate PPE to Area Hospitals

Clarksville Youth Care Group makes and donates PPE to local hospitals during COVID-19 pandemic.  The group of Howard County students has made and donated more than 1,200 face shields to hospitals across Maryland. The Baltimore Sun reports: The first phase, funded by the students’ parents, ended with nine hospitals receiving a total of 200 face shields created with everyday items like foam, plastic sheets and elastic bands and based on directions from Johns Hopkins. The…

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School’s Out… For Summer

Maryland formally announced public schools would not be re-opening for the current academic year, and will complete their lessons remotely. Following a series of measured step-by-step school closure announcements, State Superintendent of Schools Karen Salmon joined Governor Hogan at a press announcement yesterday to confirm the widely expected news - Maryland's schools would remain closed through this school year. Superintendent Salmon noted that the decision was made by the State Board of Education, after reviewing…

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