Schools

In the fight against COVID, MOM rules

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As the new school year begins, the agency that sets policy for Maryland’s colleges, universities and private career schools is reminding students not to forget about MOM. No, not that one. In this case, MOM stands for Masks on Maryland.

The First Week of School in the Children’s Garden at Waldorf School of Baltimore

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Curiosity is piqued in garden spaces, especially when caterpillars are crawling around.

When the global pandemic caused schools to abruptly shift to distance learning in the spring, administrators at the Waldorf School of Baltimore began making adjustments for the fall. Last week, they kicked off the school year in a different kind of way.

Students in first through eighth grades began the year with distance learning and a plan to explore subject classes in groups, back on campus, over the coming weeks. Last week, the school welcomed their youngest students  – preschool, pre-K and Kindergarten –  back to a campus outfitted with improved outdoor learning spaces.

“Our curriculum calls for lots of time outdoors even when we are not in the midst of a global pandemic,” said Lindsay Machak, Director of Outreach and Communications, “so we just expanded on what we were already doing.”

Take a look at their first week of school in the Children’s Garden.

United Way donates laptops, sets up fund to provide computers to Baltimore City Public School students

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With the start of a remote school year rapidly approaching, Baltimore families and educators scramble to prepare.

In Baltimore City, roughly 75,000 households, or one in three, do not have either a desktop or laptop computer, according to a recent study by the Abell Foundation. Around 15,000 households with children do not have either a desktop or laptop computer. These disparities are particularly pronounced for low-income houses with children – 80 percent of homes lacking computers are in the bottom half of the city’s income distribution. 

Jennevy Santos has come a long way to lift Morgan State volleyball

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Photo by Lawrence Johnson.

Jennevy Santos has gone to great lengths to chase her dreams.

The 21-year-old from Bayamon, Puerto Rico, is a senior at Morgan State, a valuable team leader and defensive specialist on a Bears volleyball squad that should contend for a MEAC championship whenever such matters can again ascend to the forefront.

Towson University is sending students home

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Towson University

Towson University is throwing in the towel and is shutting down its campus for the remainder of the semester. Online classes will continue.

Open Door Offers Full Day Care and Welcomes New Executive Director

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For 38 years, elementary school families in Baltimore, Anne Arundel and Harford counties have come to know Open Door as the nurturing second home for students and their families with the need for before and after care. With programs housed in 22 schools in Baltimore County, 11 schools in Anne Arundel County and two schools in Harford County, Open Door cares for nearly 2,300 students in a normal school year, with approximately 1,200 in Baltimore County. But with schools closing in March in response to the pandemic, and with virtual school being the choice for most area schools this fall, Open Door is working to fill the continued need for school age childcare. The Towson Office opened full day care on August 17th for students who are entering kindergarten through fifth grade and will continue the full day program to support virtual learning once the school year begins on September 8th. Space is still available, although limited.

BCPS struggles to help special ed. students who need aides

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Baltimore County schools are being accused of failing special needs students who need their own aides, by not sending assistants into those students’ homes because of COVID-19 fears.

Baltimore metropolitan area public school reopening plans

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The following list was compiled by the Greater Baltimore Committee.

According to state guidelines, each school system has until August 14 to post its plans.

Anne Arundel County Public Schools

Baltimore City College student activists work to close the digital divide

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Members of Students Organizing a Multicultural and Open Society.

As a member of Students Organizing a Multicultural and Open Society (SOMOS) at Baltimore City College, Yashira Valenzuela spends most of her time outside of school tackling systemic injustices in the Baltimore city school system. 

When the COVID-19 pandemic forced a shift to remote learning, Yashira and her fellow SOMOS members began to realize how many Baltimore students lack access to affordable high-speed internet.

Our List of Baltimore Independent Schools’ Reopening Plans

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The coronavirus pandemic has left public and private schools in a state of flux with both wanting to do the best for students and teachers while offering as normal of a school year as possible.

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