Montgomery County students call attention to mental health issues in schools

Montgomery County public school students are wondering what to do if a friend shares in confidence that he or she is considering suicide. They’re thinking about how to deal with academic pressures without falling into anxiety or depression. Or how to approach a school counselor who’s not taking them seriously. Or what responses to expect from school administration after a student death. On Tuesday night, about 40 students gathered at the Carver Educational Services Center in Rockville to share their mental health questions and concerns with each other and with Montgomery County Public Schools representatives. (Bethesda)

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Maryland school systems close to running out of snow days

With six weeks left until the arrival of spring, Baltimore and Anne Arundel counties can close their schools only one more day because of bad weather before they have to begin adjusting school calendars. Baltimore school administrators already pushed the end of the school year back by one day, ending it on June 15 instead of the 14th. The city would now need to trim days from spring break or keep schools open on Feb. 16, which was scheduled for teacher training. (Balt. Sun)

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Wicomico denied snow days waiver; revised calendar to waive closures

Wicomico County Public Schools will add two school days to its 2017-2018 calendar after learning that state education officials will not grant its request to waive two school closures that occurred in January. At the recommendation of Superintendent Donna Hanlin, the Wicomico County Board of Education last month agreed to seek a waiver from the Maryland State Board of Education that would excuse the school system from two school closures that occurred Jan. 4 and 5. (Daily Times)

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CURE program bridges pathway to science, medicine for Baltimore students

For 40 years, the number of African American men entering medical school has not budged. They make up less than 5 percent of graduating doctors. What’s the solution? The University of Maryland: Baltimore has one idea. The CURE program is aimed at giving new opportunities to the young boys and girls who live in the school’s West Baltimore neighborhood. (WJZ-TV)

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Teens get more space in East Columbia's renovated library

As East Columbia Branch Library manager Suki Lee walked through the newly remodeled building, the word she used frequently to describe the updated space was “light.” “Think of what we can do now, the potential,” Lee said, referring to the vast glass-walled classrooms, meeting and study spaces added as part of a 13-month, $4.7 million renovation. The branch will reopen Feb. 10. (Ho. Co. Times)

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Montgomery College sends out erroneous alert about armed person

Montgomery College on Wednesday afternoon sent out a false emergency alert about an armed person on one of the college campuses. The college quickly issued a correction informing students and staff that there was no threat, and the initial message was sent in error. “We are looking at our system to see what happened,” college spokesman Marcus Rosano said. (Bethesda)

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February 7 // University of Maryland awards $21.5 million contract to Constellation for College Park building upgrades

The University of Maryland's College Park campus is about to get greener. The university awarded a $21.5 million contract to Baltimore-based Constellation for a series of building upgrades that will improve energy efficiency and save the university money. “Constellation is proud to support the University of Maryland’s goal of reducing energy consumption by 20 percent by 2020,” said Michael D. Smith, senior vice president of distributed energy for Constellation, according to a release. (Balt. Sun)

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Salisbury University announces big change: A new College of Health and Human Services

Salisbury University officials announced the creation of the College of Health and Human Services on Tuesday, which will help streamline the university's structure and create more collaboration between the health programs. The college is expected to become the largest academic unit on campus, with nearly 2,200 students, according to the announcement by officials. It is set to open in the fall. It will house three schools: the School of Health Sciences, School of Nursing and School of Social Work. (Daily Times)

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