Baltimore County schools say district-issued Chromebooks, Google accounts are OK to use after ransomware attack

Baltimore County’s school system said Sunday that its district-issued Chromebooks and Google accounts were not affected by last week’s ransomware attack. While the Chromebooks are safe, the district said Windows-based devices should still not be used as it further investigates the attack. “Our focus today and for Monday and Tuesday is identifying and addressing student and staff device needs so that instruction can continue,” the school system said. (Balt Sun)

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UM nursing students again exit early to join virus fight

With the growing coronavirus pandemic squeezing the health professions, the University of Maryland School of Nursing for the second semester in a row is offering the option of an early exit to undergraduate and graduate nursing students in their final semesters. All 138 graduating Bachelor of Science in Nursing students will exit on Nov. 30, more than two weeks ahead of their scheduled graduation on Dec. 17.  (Daily Record)

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Some U. of Md. Students May Face Discipline for Skipping COVID-19 Tests

Some 150 students at the University of Maryland’s College Park campus have been referred to the Office of Student Conduct because they may not have undergone all COVID-19 testing as required this fall. There were 22,000 students on the campus this fall, and most of them participated in regular COVID-19 testing as required by the school. The University of Maryland offers free testing to students, faculty and staff, and more than 45,000 tests were administered since the summer. (Md Matters)

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Baltimore County Schools To Close Monday, Tuesday Due To Ransomware Cyber Attack

Baltimore County Schools said Saturday schools will be closed for students on Monday, November 30, and Tuesday, December 1, as a result of the ransomware cyber attack that forced schools to close on Wednesday. “Due to the recent ransomware attack, Baltimore County Public Schools will be closed for students on Monday, November 30, and Tuesday, December 1. BCPS offices will be open and staff will receive additional information about Monday and Tuesday,” the school system tweeted. (WJZ-TV)

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Carroll County Public Schools enrollment drops and so could funding

Carroll County Public Schools lost hundreds of students this school year. CCPS has 24,568 students enrolled for the 2020-2021 school year, which is 777 less than the year prior, according to data the school system provided. Because of the funding formula in place, a drop in enrollment could mean a drop in funding from county government that could run into the millions. The sixth grade class saw the biggest decline in enrollment with 162 students less than the previous school year. (Carr Co Times)

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What it’s like to teach children about the election, and its results, in deep-red Trump country

Greg Cruey thought he knew how to walk students through a presidential election. The social studies teacher has been working inside public-school classrooms for about two decades, guiding children through history-making 2008, as well as tumultuous 2016. But 2020 shocked him. Never before, Cruey said, has he seen such a high level of emotion from children — such blind devotion to their preferred candidate, most often Donald Trump. (Wash Post)R

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Ball: Nearly $6 million in CARES Act funding will go to Howard County’s public schools

Howard County will allocate nearly $6 million in federal coronavirus relief funds to its public school system, the county’s executive, Calvin Ball, said Wednesday. “Today I’m pleased to announce a critical next step in supporting our community with our students with CARES Act funding. Howard County will provide nearly $6 million to support our schools as they offset COVID-19-related expenditures for our educators and our students,” Ball (D) said in an online press gaggle. (Md Reporter)

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Teachers Ask for Statewide Virtual Learning Until End of the Semester

As COVID-19 cases continue to spike across the state, teachers are calling on State Superintendent Karen B. Salmon to make all schools virtual until at least the end of the semester. This would allow parents and educators to plan better, as opposed to the uncertainty of bringing kids in and out of school buildings which is causing burnout among educators, the state’s largest teachers union said. (Md Matters)

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