COVID-19 Response & Continuity of Learning Success - Issue 10

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Issue 10   |   July 17, 2020

Message from Karen B. Salmon, Ph.D., State Superintendent of Schools

Long-standing gaps in educational opportunity and access have been further exposed and widened by the COVID-19 pandemic. Over the last month,  Governor Larry Hogan and I announced $210 million in funding to help Maryland schools and students most affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Allocated through the federal CARES Act, this funding will be used to ensure that more students have access to remote learning, and expand targeted tutoring initiatives for at-risk students.  Our goal with these resources is to give local school systems the support and flexibility to help ensure that students most impacted during the crisis receive intense focus and priority in our recovery efforts. This funding will be critical as we move forward to support our students, educators, parents, and community partners.  

In addition to the $210 million that will support devices and technology for students, tutoring and broadband service, Governor Hogan dedicated $45 million from the Governor's Emergency Education Relief (GEER) Fund. Part of the GEER funding includes the Innovative Approaches to Connecting with Students Competitive Grant opportunity that will award grants for education projects with unique or innovative approaches that address academic accessibility as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Projects can focus on implementing a unique idea at an individual school, feeder system of schools or school system.  Priority will be given to programs that address at-risk students. The deadline is July 29th; the application and more information is below, as well as on our web site at this link.


2020 Next Generation Scholars Summer Programming

Looking for something for your high school student to do now that the July 4th holiday is over? Register today for one or more of Maryland Business Roundtable for Education's FREE virtual summer programs including:

  • Essay Writing
  • Adulting 101 (table etiquette/setting, cooking, auto maintenance, budgeting, laundry, sewing)
  • SAT Test Prep; Marine Biology
  • Health Care

For more information and to register, visit:

2020 Next Generation Scholars Summer Programming Flyer

Summer Programming & Activities

Cybersecurity Camp for Middle School Students


Cybersecurity Camp for Middle School Students!

Attention! Allegany County Public Schools students who will be in middle school next year: Do you want to learn how to be a hacker? Then this Cybersecurity Camp may be perfect for you! Follow this link to register:






What Are You Reading This Summer?

Get some great ideas for your #AACPSAwesomeSummer reading plans by checking out the 2020 Anne Arundel County Public School Summer Reading Lists for some great ideas:

2020 Anne Arundel County Public School Summer Reading


Anne Arundel County Board of Education Brings New Student On Board!

Meade High School senior Drake Smith becomes the 47th Student Member of the Board of Education in Anne Arundel County. Congratulations to Drake Smith! #AACPSAwesome

Meade High School senior Drake Smith Student Board Member


Hotspot Distribution!

Thanks to T-Mobile, Baltimore City Schools will distribute a limited number of free wireless internet hotspots to school students. Distribution began last week for students participating in summer programs.

To learn more about how to obtain a hotspot, visit

Baltimore City Hotspot Distribution



Carver High School Graduated Its First P-TECH Class in June

In June, IBM's Pathways in Technology Early College High School (P-TECH) Program graduated 25 high school seniors in its first class at Carver Vocational Technical High School.

The students received either a free associate degree in Cybersecurity and Information Assurance or Computer Information Systems when they graduated from the program. The program included paid summer internships with IBM and college courses at Baltimore City Community College.

De'Rell Bonner with the inaugural cohort of P-TECH Baltimore interns. (photo provided by P-Tech)

De'Rell Bonner with the inaugural cohort of P-TECH Baltimore interns.
(photo provided by P-Tech)

“These young people are innately resilient and have proven that Black students can thrive in emerging technology fields,” said IBM Education Manager De’Rell Bonner.


Fun Summer Activities for Kids!

The Maryland Day by Day Family Literacy Forever Calendar offers fun, easy-to-do activities for every month of the year. July is music month! You can download the calendar at this link.

Maryland Day by Day Poster



Cecil County Public Schools At Home Connection

CCPS is providing independent reading and math support for all students in grades K-8 this summer and through all of the next year. Check out the At Home Connection on to watch videos to learn how to login and navigate the program.

How to Access the CCPS At Home Connection in Blackboard

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Governor’s Emergency Education Relief (GEER) Fund - Competitive Grant Application

GEER awards grants to local school systems, public schools including charter schools, nonpublic schools, and public and private universities with a College of Education with a unique or innovative approach to engage students, teachers and school communities that address academic accessibility as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Projects can focus on implementing a unique idea at an individual school, feeder system of schools, or school system.  Priority will be given to programs that address at-risk students. The deadline for submission is July 29, 2020.

Click link for more information:


Maryland Child Care Moves Forward as Part of State’s Overall Stage 2 Recovery


As additional family and center-based child care programs reopen, the state will transition away from unlicensed return to only authorizing licensed child care and making payments in the Child Care Scholarship program based on attendance rather than enrollment. To date, more than 5,300 licensed child providers across the state have reopened. Maryland Child Care Moves Forward as Part of State’s Overall Stage 2 Recovery.

“We are incredibly grateful to our educators, parents and community partners for all of their outstanding efforts to provide essential persons and other parents and guardians with access to child care in these unprecedented extraordinary times,” said Karen B. Salmon, Ph.D.  “As we move forward, we will be upholding our rigorous licensing standards to ensure the health and safety of children. State and local education leaders are preparing their instructional plans for the fall, and this must include provisions for students when they are not in school facilities. The Division of Early Childhood’s Office of Child Care stands ready to assist, but planning must begin now.”

Updates for this phase of Stage 2 of recovery addresses the Essential Persons School Age (EPSA) sites, Family and Friend Care, Child Care Scholarships, room size limits and ratios, and reopening of child care programs.

Essential Persons School Age (EPSA): Effective July 20, 2020, any remaining EPSA approved sites will no longer be permitted to operate.  The state will return to allowing only licensed child care programs to serve families. Sites that want to continue to provide child care services should contact the regional licensing office. Information on licensing can be found here:

Family and Friend Care: Effective July 20, 2020, unlicensed Family and Friend Care will no longer be allowed. A family child care home is not required to be registered if the provider: (a) is a relative of each child; (b) is a friend of each child’s parent or legal guardian and the care is provided on a non-regular basis of less than 20 hours a month (COMAR 13A.15.02). Family and friend providers wishing to continue to provide child care services should contact their regional licensing office to become a licensed family child care provider. Information on licensing can be found here:

Child Care Scholarships: Effective July 20, 2020, the MSDE will make payments for Child Care Scholarship invoices to all child care providers serving families in the Child Care Scholarship program based on attendance, rather than enrollment.  Parents will be required to pay their mandatory co-pays, unless the parent has requested the suspension of their child care services or the provider has chosen not to reopen. The Child Care Scholarship program provides financial assistance with child care costs to eligible working families in Maryland. Parents who earn up to 65% of State Median Income are eligible (e.g., a family of four can have an income of up to $71,525 per year and qualify for a scholarship). To find out more about eligibility and how to apply for the Child Care Scholarship program, go to

Family Child Care Start-up Grants Increased to $1,000: The One-time Family Child Care Provider Direct grants for new providers starting their small business have been doubled from $500 to $1000 as part of Maryland’s Preschool Development Grant Birth through Age Five award and are to help registered family child care providers offset some of the costs of opening their child care programs. Eligibility is based upon certain income levels and family size. More information can be found here:

Room size limits and ratios: Group size in child care centers is expanded to a maximum of 15 individuals at a time per classroom with a ratio of no more than 1 teacher for 14 children ages three and above and the teacher must be qualified. Family child care and large family child care programs are limited to the number of children for which they are licensed at one time and no more than 15 persons total including residents.  All child care programs must continue to adhere to the allowable group size by age in licensing regulations.

Reopening of child care programs: Licensed child care programs interested in reopening may contact their licensing specialist and complete a Child Care Verification of Reopening form.

Accessing Child Care: Parents and guardians in need of child care may contact LOCATE: Child Care at or talk to a specialist by calling (877) 261-0060 Monday through Friday between 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m.

For additional information and guidance on child care in Maryland and resources and guidance regarding COVID-19, please visit the Division of Early Childhood website at

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