COVID-19 Response & Continuity of Learning Success - Issue 13

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Issue 13   |   August 7, 2020

With focus on the fall school openings, MSDE’s online COVID-19 resources provides a list of local school system reopening dates and plans. To date, all reporting school systems are beginning virtually. Local school systems have until August 14, 2020 to post their plans publicly. Learn more about local system reopening plans.

This issue will conclude the spring and summer series of this e-newsletter. We will continue sharing the great news of Maryland public school education in the fall. Our thanks to all of our partners in education as we continue to work together during these extraordinary times. Please continue to follow us on social media on Facebook (@MdPublicSchools) and Twitter (@MdPublicSchools).


Stay safe, have a great summer and remember Masks on Maryland!

Masks on Maryland


Beyond BCPS! Honoring Front Line Heroes

Baltimore County Public Schools Taylor Ferguson, Western Tech graduate



Montgomery County E-Books and Audiobooks Combating Racism


Readying Technology Over Summer Months

Over the summer, Frederick County Public Schools (FCPS) is offering centralized locations where you can drop off a FCPS Chromebook if it needs repair.

List of high schools, dates and times:

Frederick County Public Schools Chromebook repairs


Clarence Crawford Elected President of The Maryland State Board of Education; Jean C. Halle Elected Vice President

The Maryland State Board of Education unanimously elected Clarence Crawford as president and Jean Halle as vice president for the 2020-2021 term. Bringing more than 45 years of combined government, leadership, business and instruction experience to the Maryland State Board of Education, Governor Hogan appointed Mr. Crawford as a board member in 2018. Board President Clarence C. Crawford currently serves as an adjunct professor in the American University’s Master of Public Administration (MPA) Program. Mr. Crawford is the founder and president of the Teach ‘em to Fish CDC, which battles poverty, hopelessness, and violence by creating successful business owners and outstanding employees.

Vice President Jean C. Halle brings over 30 years of experience in executive positions in education, business, and professional services to inform her work with the State Board of Education. Ms. Halle attended Loyola College where she earned a degree in accounting. She then began her career with Deloitte, where she worked in auditing and business consulting. Ms. Halle subsequently worked at The Baltimore Sun and Times Mirror in a variety of positions, including Chief Financial Officer for The Baltimore Sun. In addition, she served as the President of the Maryland, Delaware, D.C. Press Association for two terms.

Read the press release here.

Learn more about the State Board of Education members here.

Clarence Crawford, President of The Maryland State Board of Education and  Jean C. Halle, Vice President



Maryland Family Engagement Coalition Brings Educators Together for Equity Discussions

Please join the Maryland State Department of Education, Maryland Family Engagement Coalition, and MAEC as we kick off the annual Family Engagement Summit on Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020, from 3 to 4:30 p.m. The 2020 Maryland Family Engagement Summit Webinar Series will include five engaging virtual events on the second Thursday of every month until December 2020.

2020 Maryland Family Engagement Summit Webinar Series

Each webinar will feature national and local experts who will share research-based strategies designed to meet the educational needs of diverse student populations, their families, and communities. This year’s theme is “Small Changes for Big Results: Understanding Equity and Implicit Bias when Engaging Families,” which will highlight the need for educators to be more sensitive, knowledgeable, and responsive to families’ cultural, ethnic, and socioeconomic diversity.

During the Summit webinar series, participants will have an opportunity to:

  • Exploreexamples of equitable teaching and learning for the start of the new school year.
  • Sharestrategies to prepare providers and teachers for building equitable family, school, and community engagement.
  • Examineconsiderations around infant mental health and equity.

Keynote: Dr. Walter Gilliam, the Elizabeth Mears and House Jameson Professor of Child Psychiatry and Psychology at the Yale University Child Study Center and Director of The Edward Zigler Center in Child Development and Social Policy, will kick off the first webinar in the series on Thursday, Aug. 13 at 3 p.m.

Register here.

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MPSSAA Fall and Winter Competition Seasons Postponed

The Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association (MPSSAA) in consultation with the Maryland State Superintendent of Schools, the Maryland Department of Health (MDH), and the Public School Superintendent Association of Maryland  (PSSAM) has decided to postpone the 2020 high school fall and winter competition season during the first semester.  This decision comes in light of the recent announcements of local school systems to begin education virtually and provides each school system with options for the gradual increase of student engagement for the physical and social-emotional health of students. 

With this announcement, local school systems will be able to use MPSSAA waiver regulations as approved by the Maryland State Board of Education on June 23, 2020 for student engagement during the first semester.  The MPSSAA, the MDH, and the PSSAM will continue to collaborate on finalizing a hybrid two-semester plan focused on student engagement options in the first semester and modified competition seasons for all sports during the second semester.  Details of the hybrid two-semester plan will be available in the coming weeks prior to the start of the 2020-2021 academic year. 

The health and safety of student participants, coaches, and officials is a primary concern for the return of interscholastic athletics and activities.  The MPSSAA, the PSSAM, and the Maryland State Department of Education collectively share a commitment for the return of these highly beneficial educational programs when it is deemed safe for all school communities.


Learn more about MSDE's COVID-19 resources: