Howard County high schools making free condoms available to students

High school students in Howard County will soon be able to get free condoms at their school nurse’s office in a program officials say is aimed at reducing the spread of chlamydia, gonorrhea and other sexually transmitted infections. School officials say they are partnering with county health department and the Maryland Department of Health to make the condoms accessible, and will also provide information about health and sexual diseases. (Balt. Sun)

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Morgan State University lacked protections for private information

Morgan State University lacked adequate safeguards to protect sensitive personal information, and kept a database of 301,000 unique social security numbers alongside names and dates of birth, state auditors found. A recent report from the Office of Legislative Audits found the Baltimore-based institution did not adhere to cybersecurity best practices, which require agencies to protect this kind of confidential data using encryption technologies or other measures to ward off identity theft and other improper disclosures. (Balt. Sun)

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Montgomery Co. teacher dies after collapsing during class

A 25-year-old English teacher died in her Montgomery County classroom Thursday morning. In a letter sent to Herbert Hoover Middle School parents, principal Y.M. Kim said that Deanna Perucci suffered a medical emergency. Counseling was offered to students who were in the classroom, and additional counseling will be provided to the rest of the school as well on Friday. Kim said in the letter that Perucci was a “wonderful teacher that loved teaching at Hoover and cared deeply” for the students. (WTOP)

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WCPS questions law's provision for students' mental health services

Local school systems must provide help for students in need of mental health services. But the fine points of an education measure passed last year adds to those responsibilities, and Washington County school officials believe it goes too far. Anthony Trotta, chief legal counsel for Washington County Public Schools, asked local lawmakers for help in "tweaking" the law. At issue are provisions that require a school system's mental health services coordinator to "ensure" that students receive mental health services and "develop plans for delivering behavioral health and "wraparound" services to students who exhibit behaviors of concern." (Herald Mail)

 

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Accomack asks governor for salary help to recruit, retain teachers

Accomack officials are asking Gov. Ralph Northam to help the county's public schools compete with higher teacher salaries across the state line on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. Then-Board of Supervisors Chairman Robert Crockett and Accomack County School Board Chairman Paul C. Bull, in a Dec. 28 letter, asked the governor for additional targeted state funding to assist them in recruiting and retaining teachers. The county had not yet received a response as of Monday, Accomack County Administrator Michael Mason said. (Salisbury)

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Hopkins researchers to study whether financial rewards, video monitoring can help opioid addiction treatment

Researchers at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine have been awarded $2.1 million by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to study whether paying patients to take their medicine and tracking their doses with video software can help patients stick with their treatment for opioid addiction. The three-year grant will allow researchers to study whether financial rewards paired with a mobile app that allows video monitoring, developed by a Baltimore-based health technology startup, can improve adherence to prescriptions among those addicted to opioids such as heroin. (Balt. Sun)

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UMBC selects outside firm for 'Retriever Courage' work on sexual misconduct response

The University of Maryland, Baltimore County, has hired California-based consulting firm Grand River Solutions to help the university to better prevent and respond to sexual violence and misconduct, the university announced in a campus-wide email Monday. The contract is for one year, said Elizabeth Moss, UMBC’s executive director of procurement. Attorneys for Baltimore County authorities filed motions this week to dismiss claims against them in a class-action lawsuit that alleges law enforcement and prosecutors fostered a culture to dismiss and cover up complaints of sexual assault. (Balt. Sun)

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Baltimore Orioles will not play exhibition at Naval Academy in 2019

Last February, the Baltimore Orioles announced a multi-pronged partnership with the Naval Academy. It appears that some of the plans for 2019 will not happen. Naval Academy athletics officials have confirmed to The Capital the Baltimore Orioles will not play an exhibition game against another Major League Baseball team at Max Bishop Stadium as originally announced. Navy athletics spokesman Scott Strasemeier said the Orioles were unable to find an opponent to play the proposed March exhibition this year. Strasemeier said the Orioles are “actively seeking” another major league team willing to play an exhibition at the Naval Academy in 2020. (Capital)

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