Doctor worried delay on in person schooling will hurt students, parents

As public schools develop plans to reopen their buildings to in person learning, a pediatrician believes schools should be able to offer some in person learning before the end of the calendar year. "I think our positivity rate, our infection rate is down enough in the State of Maryland, the community spread is low enough that it is safe enough for children to go back to school," said  Dr. Theresa Nguyen, assistant chairman of pediatrics at the Greater Baltimore Medical Center (GBMC). (WBAL)

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Anne Arundel school board candidates split over reopening public schools

Anne Arundel school board candidates are divided on the school system’s response to the coronavirus pandemic, with half supporting the superintendent’s approach and half pointing out flaws in decision making for the online semester. Candidates in District 6, which includes the Annapolis area, gave schools Superintendent George Arlotto a five out of 10 rating in its hybrid learning system, while District 3 candidate Corine Frank of Pasadena said the school system was wrong to follow guidelines for reopening set by the county health officer. (Capital)

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Montgomery Co. schools, unions work toward reopening

A return to in-person learning is being discussed in Montgomery County, Maryland. Montgomery County Public Schools employees received a letter Friday stating that the heads of the school system and the labor unions representing teachers and staff are exploring ways to reopen classrooms safely. Citing “mutual interest” toward developing a “comprehensive plan for the eventual return to in-person instruction,” the letter said MCPS formally provided unions “the minimum 45-day notice required” by agreements to “legally honor and preserve timelines.” (WTOP)

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New group aims to support Black students and families with virtual learning

Virtual learning can be challenging for families and educators, and while some D.C. area parents have hired teachers to come in and tutor small groups of students, one Black educator worries about families who can’t afford it. When Natalie Thomas saw “pods” forming — groups generated by parents who paid tutors or teachers to assist small groups of students in their homes — she grew concerned for children, particularly Black children, whose parents couldn’t afford that kind of support. (WTOP)

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The Universities at Shady Grove's new director says she looks to meet MoCo's needs

Anne Khademian, a Virginia Tech professor and presidential fellow, is leaving after a 17-year career at the Blacksburg school's Northern Virginia campus, to become the executive director of the Universities at Shady Grove. Khademian, who’ll officially take on the role Oct. 19, will replace Stewart Edelstein, who is retiring after 18 years at the helm. She will also take on a dual job as associate vice chancellor for academic affairs for the University System of Maryland. (Wash Journal)

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In-person classes are canceled, but hands-only CPR continues online in Howard Co.

Most CPR classes have been canceled to avoid close contact during the coronavirus pandemic, but one Maryland fire department has taken their trainings online. Learn how to save a life from the comfort of your home. That’s what the Howard County Department of Fire and Rescue Services is hoping residents will do with their children with their online CPR training while in-person classes are on hold. (WTOP)

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Teachers union calls on Anne Arundel Board of Education to discuss public safety and online learning

The Anne Arundel County’s teachers union president called on the school board Thursday to sit down and discuss public safety issues and the new learning format, weeks into the first nontraditional school year that began with all classes online. Russell Leone stood across the street from county school headquarters in Annapolis to make a public statement regarding concerns by educators when it comes to safety and the online learning format this semester. (Capital)

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Baltimore County Schools Reverse Decision To Have All Staff Return October 19

A week after saying all staff members would return in-person on October 19, the Baltimore County Public Schools system has pushed back that date. In a letter sent to staff, Superintendent Darryl Williams wrote that “the return of all school staff will be determined after continued review and collaboration.” (WJZ-TV)

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