Harford County Schools Receive Donation Of 6K Face Masks For Teachers, Staff

Harford County teachers and staff are getting a little help amid the coronavirus pandemic. Freedom Federal Credit Union has donated 6,000 face masks to the school district for the upcoming year. They also donated dozens of no-contact thermometers for use in every school building and office. (WJZ-TV)

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Maryland high school posts message of unity after racist graffiti found

After a Calvert County, Maryland, high school was vandalized over the weekend, a message of unity was displayed to counter the racist language that was found. On Sunday, a racial slur and graphic drawings were found spray-painted on the football field at Calvert High School in Prince Frederick, an outdoor classroom was broken into and damaged, and other areas were vandalized with graffiti. The Calvert County Sheriff’s Office said it has identified five 18-year-old male suspects in the case and that charges are pending. (WTOP)

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Hereford petition sparks effort to ban hate symbols in Baltimore County Public Schools

When most people reminisce about high school, they might focus on prom or graduation — rites of passage in a young person’s life. However, for Flannery Supplee, of Monkton, high school also conjures up thoughts of hate speech and hate symbols. The 2018 graduate of Hereford High School in Parkton said she often would see hate symbols in the school. She saw Confederate flags displayed on students’ binders, and one time she recalled hearing a student scream “white power” in the hallway. (Balt Sun)

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Harford schools proceed with plan for all-virtual classes, plus learning centers, next year following board approval

The seal of approval has been granted by the Board of Education for Harford County Public Schools’ plans to hold all virtual classes for the system’s more than 38,000 students next year, but many details still need to be worked out about how to best serve the many different student groups within HCPS before classes begin Sept. 8. “Our plan is not perfect,” Superintendent Sean Bulson acknowledged as he began his presentation of his administration’s Continuity of Learning Plan to the school board Monday night. (Balt Sun)

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Maryland’s state schools superintendent received a boost in pay with new contract

The Maryland state school board gave superintendent Karen Salmon a $40,000 pay raise on July 1 when it signed a new contract that allows her to stay on the job for the next year. Salmon’s annual salary rose to $275,000, according to public records obtained by The Baltimore Sun, a 17% increase. Her four-year contract expired June 30, and late last year she told, Brig. Gen. Warner I. Sumpter, the school board president at the time, that she would not be seeking another four-year contract. (Balt Sun)

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Morgan State shifts to remote-only instruction for fall semester

In the wake of new scientific data on the requirements of testing frequency, increased positive COVID-19 cases locally, and on the advisement of internal and external health care professionals, Morgan State University (MSU) has altered its reopening plans, moving to remote-only instruction for the 2020 fall semester.(Daily Record)

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Nearly 100,000 children test positive for coronavirus in two weeks

Almost 100,000 children tested positive for the coronavirus during a two-week period amid a national discourse over safely reopening schools during the pandemic. There were 97,078 new cases of the coronavirus for children in the United States between July 16-30, according to a report from the American Academy of Pediatrics. The report noted this is a 40% increase in child cases. (Wash Examiner)

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Baltimore City Community College Offering Free Fall Tuition As Classes Shift Online Due To Coronavirus

Numerous students enrolled at Baltimore City Community College in the fall will qualify for free tuition, the school said Monday. In a news release, officials said eligible students will be able to rely on a number of funding sources to cover tuition costs. Funding will come from the BCCC Foundation, the city, the state’s Promise Scholarship and CARES Act funding, as well as federal financial aid. (WJZ)

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