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Md. child care centers ordered to close by Friday evening

BALTIMORE, MD—Child care centers in Maryland have been ordered to close by Friday evening due to the coronavirus pandemic. On Thursday afternoon, Dr. Karen B. Salmon, State Superintendent of Schools, announced that all child care providers would need to close by the end of the day on Friday, March 27, except for those serving essential personnel. Licensed child care programs …


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Maryland schools to remain closed until April 24

ANNAPOLIS, MD—Governor Larry Hogan held a Wednesday morning press conference to address the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. At the press conference, Maryland Superintendent of Schools Dr. Karen Salmon announced that officials would extend the closure of all public schools in Maryland for an additional four weeks through April 24, 2020. “With the challenges facing our State and our country, we have …


BCPS expands meal options for students

UPDATE: The list of available locations has been expanded. Original story below… —— TOWSON, MD—In addition to the previously announced free meals available from Baltimore County Public Schools, the school system expanded meal sites on Tuesday and will begin providing breakfast, lunch, and dinner at all sites on Wednesday, March 18th. Free meals have also been announced by the Maryland …

Gov. Hogan: Preakness, primary election postponed; emissions stations to be used for drive-thru coronavirus testing

ANNAPOLIS, MD—Governor Larry Hogan held a press conference on Tuesday morning regarding the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. At the news briefing, Governor Hogan announced that the state’s April 28 primary elections would be postponed until June 2nd. The State Board of Elections will develop a comprehensive plan to conduct this election. Maryland will proceed with the special general election for the …

Governor Hogan enacts emergency order to expand access to child care during COVID-19 state of emergency

ANNAPOLIS, MD—Governor Larry Hogan on Saturday enacted an emergency order to expand child care access to child care for critical personnel during the state of emergency. This will help ensure that child care services are available for providers of health care, emergency medical services, and law enforcement personnel while schools are closed to prevent the spread of COVID-19. “Our state …

Governor Hogan signs emergency legislation, announces coronavirus response team

ANNAPOLIS, MD—Governor Larry Hogan on Tuesday, after joining Vice President Mike Pence at the White House for a teleconference with the nation’s governors, enacted emergency legislation granting him the authority to transfer resources from the state’s rainy day fund for Maryland’s novel coronavirus response. The legislation, SB 1079, was passed unanimously last week by the Maryland Senate and the House of …

Governor Hogan declares State of Emergency, expands statewide response to novel coronavirus

ANNAPOLIS, MD—Governor Larry Hogan on Thursday night announced the state’s first positive cases of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and declared a state of emergency to ramp up Maryland’s coordinated response across all levels of government. “In order to further mobilize all available state resources in response to this threat to public health, I have issued a proclamation declaring a state of …

BCPS graduation rate slips but continues to outperform state

TOWSON, MD—The four-year cohort graduation rate for Baltimore County Public Schools decreased to 87.6% for the Class of 2019, from 89.2% for the Class of 2018, according to data released on Tuesday by the Maryland State Department of Education. The statewide graduation rate for 2019 is 86.9%; the rate was 87.1% in 2018. The BCPS four-year cohort dropout rate increased …