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School Delays for Thursday, January 20

The following school districts have announced schedule changes for Thursday, January 20, 2022 (updated 6:08am):


Baltimore Counth Public Schools

2 Hour Delay


Cecil County Public Schools



Cecil Community College

Opening at 10am


Harford County Public Schools



Harford Center

2 Hour Delay with a reevaluation


Harford Community College

Opening At 10:00 AM, Online classes as scheduled


Kent County Public Schools (MD)


County Flags Lowered for Former Councilman James V. "Capt'n Jim" McMahan

County Executive Glassman Orders Harford Flag Lowered, Plans to Rename Veterans Affairs Commission for Former Councilman James V. “Capt’n Jim” McMahan


BEL AIR, Md., (April 16, 2021) - Harford County Executive Barry Glassman issued the following statement on the passing of former County Councilman James V. “Capt’n Jim” McMahan:


“Capt’n Jim brought great passion to everything he did as a public servant and I will always be grateful to him for revitalizing our veterans affairs commission.  In his honor I plan to send legislation to the County Council renaming it the James V. “Capt’n Jim” McMahan Commission on Veterans Affairs. On behalf of the many lives he touched, I have ordered the Harford County flag lowered in his memory as we send blessings for his family and friends.”


The Harford County flag will fly at half-staff from sunrise on April 30 through sunset on May 2, 2021 to coincide with his memorial services. 

Gov. Hogan Accelerates the COVID Vaccine Timeline

Governor Larry Hogan announced on Monday any and all Marylanders 16 and older can get a COVID vaccine at any of the state's mass vaccination sites starting Tuesday, April 6.


"We're now able to move more quickly because we have been getting that increased supply and we've been building the infrastructure. We saw this coming, which is why we started the pre-registration last week to get ready," Hogan said.


Locally, the mass vaccination sites at Ripken Stadium (Harford County) will open on the week of April 19.


On Friday, the state launched a no-appointment, walk-up line at the mass vaccination site in Salisbury. Starting Tuesday, the state will launch a no-appointment line at the Hagerstown site, and next week at the M&T Bank Stadium site in Baltimore City.


Officials said pre-registration is the best, easiest and fastest way to reserve an appointment and to ensure that a vaccine is available. Pre-register here online or call 855-MD-GOVAX.

Governor Hogan Relaxes COVID Restrictions

Governor Hogan held a Tuesday press conference to announce that he is relaxing some of the state-wide COVID-19 restrictions.


CAPACITY LIMITS: Effective Friday, March 12 at 5 p.m., capacity limits will be lifted on outdoor and indoor dining. Restaurants and bars will still be limited to seated and distanced service only.


Capacity limits will also be lifted on retail businesses, religious facilities, fitness centers, personal services and indoor recreational establishments (casinos, bingo halls, bowling alley, skating rinks).


LARGE VENUES AT 50% CAPACITY: Effective Friday, March 12, other large outdoor and indoor venues will expand to 50% capacity, including conference and wedding venues, concert venues, conventions, theaters, racing facilities and sporting venues, like Oriole Park at Camden Yards.

Masking, physical distancing and other safety protocols will remain in place for all indoor and outdoor business and establishments.


MEDICAL ADULT DAY CARE CENTERS: Medical adult day care centers will also reopen, with facilities able to set appropriate restrictions and safety measures.


OUT-OF-STATE TRAVEL: Quarantine requirements and other restrictions regarding out-of-state travel will also be lifted. A Maryland Department of Health advisory will remain in place continuing to encourage Marylanders to get tested upon their return.


TELEWORK: With contact tracing continuing to show transmission among individuals working in office settings, employers are encouraged to continue supporting telework when possible.


MASKING: The statewide masking order in Maryland remains in full force and effect.

"With the pace of vaccinations rapidly rising and our health metrics steadily improving, the lifting of these restrictions is a prudent, positive step in the right direction and an important part of our economic recovery," Hogan said. "These steps are made possible because of Marylanders wearing masks, washing their hands, keeping their distance and following the public health advice."


The Governor stresses that the statewide masking order in Maryland remains in full effect.

Gov. Hogan Announces $1B Relief to Low Income Familes and Small Businesses

During a Monday morning press conference, Gov. Larry Hogan announced the $1 billion RELIEF Act of 2021 that includes state tax cuts and an income tax credit to help Maryland families, individuals, the unemployed and small businesses reeling from the COVID-19 pandemic.


This income tax credit would include $750 for families who applied for the Earned Income Tax Credit and $450 for individuals. No application is needed and it is in addition to the federal stimulus check.


“This relief will go directly to more than $400,000 Marylanders in need,” Hogan said. “These checks can begin going out immediately as soon as the legislative RELIEF Act is passed by the legislature and I sign it into law.”



The payments will go to low-to-moderate income Marylanders, meaning families who make less than $57,000. The relief will be broken up into two rounds, with the first checks going out when the RELIEF ACT becomes law. The immediate check would be $500 for families and then $300 for individuals.


Marylanders would qualify for these payments if they:

  • If you earn $50,954 individually, or $56,844 joint, with three or more children.
  • If you earn $47,440 individually, or $53,330 joint, with two children.
  • If you earn $41,756 individually, or $47,646 joint, with one child
  • If you earn $15,820 individually, or $21,710 joint, without children.

These families would later get an addition $250 or $150 for individuals in a second payment.

As for the unemployed, the RELIEF Act would commit another $180 million in targeted tax relief for Marylanders who have lost their jobs — by repealing all state and local income taxes on unemployment benefits.


The RELIEF Act also makes a $300 million commitment to supporting small businesses with sales tax credit which would give each business up to $3,000 per month for four months (a total of $12,000). This help will go towards 55,000 Maryland small businesses.

Cecil County Fisher Reels In A Record Catch

From Maryland Department of Natural Resources


A Cecil County resident has officially been recognized by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources as the first-ever state record holder for the invasive flathead catfish. Joshua Dixon caught the 57-pound, 50-inch long flathead catfish (Pylodictis olivaris) on Dec. 27, 2020 fishing near the Lapidum Boat Ramp on the Susquehanna River. 


The 34-year-old angler was fishing from shore with Zoom plastic swimbait, and said it took nearly 30 minutes to pull in the flathead. Dixon was using medium-weight spinning tackle, which added to the intensity and length of the battle.


“It was really weird because I thought I snagged a tree,” Dixon said. “It didn’t feel like a fish but after a while, it was going crazy.”


Dixon’s record-breaking catch broke the state’s minimum flathead catfish weight of 40 pounds. The flathead catfish’s weight was officially certified by Jack Manning of Keen Compressed Gas in Elkton. A Maryland Department of Natural Resources biologist confirmed the catch. 

Dixon donated his record-breaking catch to friends who harvested the fish’s protein-rich filets. 

The department maintains state records for sport fish in four divisions – Atlantic, Chesapeake, Nontidal, and Invasive – and awards plaques to anglers who achieve record catches. Fish caught from privately-owned, fee-fishing waters are ineligible for consideration.

Anglers who think they have a potential record catch should download and fill out the state record application and call 443-569-1381 or 410-260-8325. The department recommends the fish be immersed in ice water to preserve its weight until it can be checked, confirmed, and certified.

National Weather Service: A Tornado Touched Down in Cecil County

The National Weather Service confirmed that an EF-1 tornado touched down in Cecil County on Monday.


NWS Baltimore/Washingtin storm survey confirmed that an EF-1 tornado, with estimated winds of 90 mph, happened Monday afternoon in Port Deposit, Cecil County, from 2:37 p.m. to 2:42 p.m.

The path length was approximately 5.5 miles, with a 75-yard width, according to NWS.


Maryland Reverts To Stage 2 Restrictions Friday

Governor Larry Hogan announced during his 2pm press conference Tuesday that Maryland will be reverting to Stage 2 restrictions to combat the spread of COVID-19 statewide.


BARS AND RESTAURANTS: Effective 5 p.m. Friday, all bars, restaurants and facilities where food and/or alcohol are served will be required to close by 10 p.m. Takeout and delivery services are encouraged to continue, but in-person dining operations will not be permitted between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m.


RETAIL AND RELIGIOUS INSTITUTIONS: Effective at 5 p.m. Friday, all retail businesses and religious institutions statewide will revert back to the Stage Two 50% capacity restrictions. This includes reatail businesses, organizations, religious institutions, personal services, bowling alleys, poll and bingo halls, skating rinks, fitness clubs and social clubs.


STADIUMS AND RACETRACKS: Effective at 5 p.m. Friday, fans will no longer be permitted at any professional or collegiate stadiums or racetracks.


Also, special emphasis is being put on the vulnerable population in the state.


HOSPITAL VISITATION: The Maryland Department of Health has issued an order to restrict hospital visitation statewide until further notice, with the exceptions of compassionate care, parents or guardians of minors, obstetrics, and support for patients with disabilities.


NURSING HOMES: Until further notice, the state is limiting visitation at all Maryland nursing homes. Indoor visitation will generally be limited to compassionate care visits, and all visitors must have proof of a negative COVID test result within 72 hours prior to visit.

The MDH order institutes mandatory, twice-weekly testing for all staff at Maryland nursing homes, and mandatory weekly testing for all nursing home residents, effective no later than Friday.

Harford County Executive Glassman Acts to Protect Public Safety in Response to COVID-19 Surge

Harford County Executive Barry Glassman is taking action to protect public safety and maintain county government services following a recent surge in COVID-19 cases. Effective at 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 13 the county government will reactivate its pandemic response from earlier this year until metrics improve, including the following.


All county facilities will be closed to the public. Drop boxes for documents and payments will be reactivated at the county administration building at 220 S. Main Street in Bel Air.


All indoor parks & recreation facilities and programming will be suspended. Selected programming has been moved online at


Organized outdoor activities on county fields, including tournaments, are also suspended. County parks will remain open with social distancing requirements in place.


Following the governor’s advisory, county government employees who are authorized to telework will do so until further notice. This is to guard the county workforce while maintaining government services and operations. Harford County government will remain open for business.


Harford Transit will return to a modified service. Details will be posted at

In addition, County Executive Glassman has ordered 1,500 rapid COVID-19 tests to support a rapid response to potential cases in county government and allied agencies, including the Health Department, Harford County Public Schools, Volunteer Fire Companies and law enforcement.


Harford County’s positivity rate began to spike on October 31, and has risen above 7% for the first time since June. The county’s November 12 positivity rate was 7.36%, according to the Maryland COVID-19 Data Dashboard.  


Similarly, Harford’s seven-day moving average case rate per 100K people began a surge in late October.  The case rate rose to 7.27 on October 30 and, within two weeks, rose to 25.28 on November 12. 


Since March, both metrics have largely tracked or been below the state averages, but have now risen above. 


As of today, Harford County’s total cases are 4,329, an increase of 57, with 81 deaths.

Although hospitalizations are a lagging indicator, Harford County hospitalizations reported by University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Health are at 28, with nine in critical care.   

“Public safety is my top priority in responding to this recent surge and my long term goal is to keep our economy and government services open for business,” County Executive Glassman said. “I understand the inconvenience, but I believe these actions will put us in a stronger position with COVID-19 cases on the rise in Harford County and beyond. As the pandemic wears on and we head into colder weather, I also want to remind folks to continue handwashing, social distancing and wearing a mask when required. These three simple steps can save lives.”

Harford County Schools Go Back to Virtual Learning This Week

Maryland, and specifically Harford County, is seeing a rise in Coronavirus cases. With that in mind,  students in Harford County Public Schools will return to virtual learning this week.


"We will return to virtual learning effective this Friday, Nov. 13," Superintendent Sean Bulson announced Monday.


Instruction will be 100 percent virtual, with schools closed to students. In addition, officials said Learning Support Centers would be closed.


Bulson said the move came because Harford County had reached a daily new case rate of at least 15 per 100,000 and its positivity rate was above 5 percent, two metrics established by the Maryland Department of Education.


In addition, meal kids will be provided from noon to 1pm on Friday. Sports and conditioning schedules are on hold and tech support for families will continue.


"There are many details to work through, but as the county COVID-19 metrics have met our threshold, we must take action to ensure the health of our students and staff," Bulson said Monday.



Gov. Hogan Imposes New COVID-19 Restrictions Statewide

During this evening's press conference, Governor Larry Hogan has expressed his concern with the current COVID-19 surge. Due to the surge, he is imposing new orders statewide to slow the spread.


Effective Wednesday, November 11, 2020 at 5pm, indoor capacity for restaurants and bars is being reduced from 75% to 50%. All customers must be seated in order to be served and all tables must be disinfected between customers.


Also, telework is mandatory for all state employees effective immediately and the Goveror is uring businesses to provide their employees with the opportunity to telework.


The MD Department of Health is urging Marylanders to get tested for COVID-19 prior to visiting loved ones at nursing homes in the state.



Harford County Election Results

Here are the Harford County election results:


President and Vice President of the United States

(100% election day results reported)

Name Party Early Voting Election Day By Mail Prov. Total Percent
Donald J. Trump and Michael Pence
Republican 45,623 18,918 4,927 0 69,468 60.0%
Joe Biden and Kamala Harris
Democratic 22,216 6,701 14,464 0 43,381 37.5%

Representative in Congress

District 1

(100% election day results reported)

Name Party Early Voting Election Day By Mail Prov. Total Percent
Andy Harris
Republican 36,202 14,581 4,684 0 55,467 71.4%
Mia Mason
Democratic 10,509 3,053 8,469 0 22,031 28.4%
Other Write-Ins
  89 53 37 0 179 0.2%


District 2

(100% election day results reported)

Name Party Early Voting Election Day By Mail Prov. Total Percent
Johnny Ray Salling
Republican 9,837 4,807 1,138 0 15,782 44.0%
C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger
Democratic 11,317 3,666 5,076 0 20,059 55.9%
Other Write-Ins
  31 23 8 0 62 0.2%


Judge, Court of Special Appeals At Large

E. Gregory Wells
Vote Yes or No
For continuance in office

(100% election day results reported)

E. Gregory Wells Early Voting Election Day By Mail Prov. Total Percent
Yes 48,290 18,882 14,653 0 81,825 80.4%
No 12,553 4,946 2,460 0 19,959 19.6%

Cecil County Election Results

In Cecil County, there is a new County Executive, while incumbants are keeping their seats in Congress.


President and Vice President of the United States

(100% election day results reported)

Name Party Early Voting Election Day By Mail Prov. Total Percent
Donald J. Trump and Michael Pence
Republican 11,161 12,852 2,054 0 26,067 66.0%
Joe Biden and Kamala Harris
Democratic 4,408 3,156 4,912 0 12,476 31.6%

Representative in Congress

District 1
Vote for 1

(100% election day results reported)

Name Party Early Voting Election Day By Mail Prov. Total Percent
Andy Harris
Republican 11,176 12,762 2,409 0 26,347 68.6%
Mia Mason
Democratic 4,313 3,218 4,495 0 12,026 31.3%
Other Write-Ins
  16 28 11 0 55 0.1%

County Executive

(100% election day results reported)

Name Party Early Voting Election Day By Mail Prov. Total Percent
Danielle Hornberger
Republican 10,852 12,318 2,347 0 25,517 66.8%
Jeff Kase
Democratic 4,605 3,543 4,427 0 12,575 32.9%
Other Write-Ins
  26 54 25 0 105 0.3%


County Council

District 1
(100% election day results reported)

Name Party Early Voting Election Day By Mail Prov. Total Percent
Bob Meffley
Republican 12,624 13,974 3,856 0 30,454 97.4%
Other Write-Ins
  375 235 215 0 825 2.6%


District 5

(100% election day results reported)

Name Party Early Voting Election Day By Mail Prov. Total Percent
Jackie Gregory
Republican 12,534 13,789 3,534 0 29,857 97.2%
Other Write-Ins
  386 224 265 0 875 2.8%


Judge, Court of Appeals

Appellate Circuit 1
Brynja M. Booth
Vote Yes or No
For continuance in office

(100% election day results reported)

Brynja M. Booth Early Voting Election Day By Mail Prov. Total Percent
Yes 10,696 10,816 4,351 0 25,863 81.5%
No 2,484 2,558 829 0 5,871 18.5%


Judge, Court of Special Appeals At Large

E. Gregory Wells
Vote Yes or No
For continuance in office

(100% election day results reported)

E. Gregory Wells Early Voting Election Day By Mail Prov. Total Percent
Yes 10,908 11,127 4,461 0 26,496 83.5%
No 2,209 2,254 767 0 5,230 16.5%


Judge, Court of Special Appeals

Appellate Circuit 1
Christopher B. Kehoe
Vote Yes or No
For continuance in office

(100% election day results reported)

Christopher B. Kehoe Early Voting Election Day By Mail Prov. Total Percent
Yes 10,693 10,930 4,370 0 25,993 82.3%
No 2,365 2,392 848 0 5,605 17.7%


Board of Education

District 1
(100% election day results reported)

Name   Early Voting Election Day By Mail Prov. Total Percent
Sam Davis
  5,905 6,394 1,406 0 13,705 44.1%
Dianne Racine Heath
  6,848 6,850 3,512 0 17,210 55.3%
Other Write-Ins
  74 79 35 0 188 0.6%


District 2
(100% election day results reported)

Name   Early Voting Election Day By Mail Prov. Total Percent
Tierney Farlan Davis
  11,115 11,637 4,234 0 26,986 98.8%
Other Write-Ins
  138 140 56 0 334 1.2%


Decision 2020: Voting Locations

It's Election Day and the polls open at 7am in Maryland. As of this morning, over 2 million Marylanders have already cast their vote. If you are heading to vote in person, here is where you can do so in our area.


Harford County:

Location Address
Aberdeen Activity Center 7 Franklin Street
Aberdeen High School 251 Paradise Road
Bel Air High School 100 Heighe Street
C. Milton Wright High School 1301 N Fountain Green Road
Dublin Elementary School 1527 Whiteford Road, Street
Edgewood High School 2415 Willoughby Beach Road
Edgewood Recreation Center 1980 Brookside Drive
Fallston High School 2301 Carrs Mill Road
Forest Lakes Elementary School 100 Osborne Parkway, Forest Hill
Harford Tech High School 200 Thomas Run Road, Bel Air
Havre de Grace High School **Old Gym** 700 Congress Avenue
Jarrettsville Fire Hall 3825 Federal Hill Road
Joppatowne Elementary School 407 Trimble Road
McFaul Activity Center 525 W MacPhail Road, Bel Air
North Harford High School 211 Pylesville Road, Pylesville
Old Post Elementary School 2706 Philadelphia Road, Abingdon
Patterson Mill Middle/High School 85 Patterson Mill Road, Bel Air
Riverside Elementary School 211 Stillmeadow Drive, Joppa


Cecil County:

Location Address
Bohemia Manor High School 2755 Augustine Herman Hwy, Chesapeake City
Cecil County Government Adm. Building 200 Chesapeake Blvd, Elkton
Elkton High School 110 James Street
North East High School 300 Irishtown Road
Perryville High School 1696 Perryville Road
Rising Sun High School 100 Tiger Drive


Polls close at 8pm, but if you are still in line when they close, you will still be allowed to vote. Remember, masks are required statewide.

Early Voting Locations

Early voting is now underway in Maryland. Here are the locations you can cast your early vote in Harford and Cecil Counties.



The Aberdeen Activity Center

7 Franklin Street, Aberdeen


The McFaul Activity Center

525 West MacPhail Road, Bel Air


The Edgewood Rec Center

1980 Brookside Drive, Edgewood



Cecil County Administration Building, 200 Chesapeake Blvd, Elkton 


What to bring:

If you've voted in Maryland before, you don't need to provide ID to vote.


If you're a first-time voter who registered by mail, and didn't provide a copy of your Maryland driver's license, state or federal ID card, MVA ID card, student, employee, or military ID, or a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or government document that shows your name and address when you registered, you may need to show one of these documents to vote. If you're a first time voter and unable to provide ID, you will be able to vote a provisional ballot.


For your ballot to count, you must provide ID to your local board of elections before 10 am on the 2nd Wednesday after election day.

Cecil County Expands Restaurant Capacity of 75%

- Effective at 5:00 p.m. on September 21, 2020, restaurants in Cecil County increased indoor capacity from 50% to 75%, per Governor Hogan's latest executive order.

Face covering requirements for customers and staff remain in place, as well as the following Maryland Department of Health COVID-19 guidelines:

  1. Floor plans must be modified to ensure that customers are seated at least six feet apart, except for households or groups seated together.
  2. No more than six people per table.
  3. Facilities with indoor booth seating must close every other booth to ensure six feet of distance. Facilities with outdoor booth seating may use a plexiglass-type shield or similar physical barrier as an alternative to closing every other booth.
  4. Buffets or self-service are not permitted.

For the complete list of requirements, please visit:

Harford County Restaurants Can Expand Capacity

Harford County Executive Barry Glassman issued the following statement in response to today’s announcement from Gov. Larry Hogan allowing restaurants to expand their capacity for indoor operations from 50% to 75%, effective 5 p.m. Monday, September 21, 2020:


“Harford County will continue to safely reopen to the extent permitted by Gov. Hogan and follow today’s announcement allowing restaurants to expand their capacity for indoor operations to 75% starting on Monday at 5 p.m. We support Harford’s great restaurants and encourage all Marylanders to visit during Maryland Restaurant Week and beyond.”

Maryland Moves Into Phase Three of Reopening

Maryland Governor Larry Hogan announced during a Tuesday evening press conference that the state is moving into Phase Three of it's reopening plan. 


This means that retail and religious facilities can increase capacity from 50 to 75 percent.  Movie theaters and live entertainment venues can reopen at 50-percent capacity, with up to 100 people allowed at indoor venues and 250 at outdoor venues.  As the Labor Day weekend approaches, Governor Hogan reminds Marylanders that contact tracing data indicates that family gatherings are the most common thread among recent COVID-19 cases.



Gov. Hogan: MD Schools Can Safely Reopen

Governor Larry Hogan held a press conference Thursday afternoon to address the upcoming school year. 


"I am announcing that as a result of our improved health metrics, every single county school system in the state of Maryland is now fully authorized to begin safely reopening," Hogan said. "There is broad and overwhelming agreement ... that finding a way to begin safely returning children to classrooms must be a priority ... There is no substitute for in-person instruction."


"In order for us to keep moving forward and to keep making progress, it is absolutely critical that we begin the process of getting our children safely and gradually back into the classroom," Hogan said.


State school Superintendent Dr. Karen Salmon said she strongly encourages local school systems to reevaluate their mode of instruction at the end of the first quarter.



Maryland Tax Free Shopping Week

Shop Maryland Tax-Free Week is running through Sunday, August 15. Any single qualifying article of clothing or footwear priced $100 or less, regardless of how many items are purchased at the same time, will be exempt from the state's six percent sales tax. The first $40 of any backpack purchase also is tax free. There are a few excluded items that include hats, costumes, clothes, coats, flip flops and some sports items like football pants and baseball gloves.


Although commonly associated with back-to-school shopping, Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot noted that the tax-free savings apply to shoppers of all ages.


Find out more HERE

Governor Hogan Expands Mask Orders and Out of State Travel Advisory

Governor Larry Hogan held a press conference Wednesday to address the state's COVID-19 precautions. The uptick in cases and conditions in other states signal the need for a pause in further reopening plans in Maryland, Hogan said. The governor said Maryland will not begin to enter stage three of the recovery plan until the numbers stabilize.


Hogan said the state is closely monitoring the public health metrics and spiking coronavirus numbers in states across the country.


Starting at 5 p.m. Friday, Maryland is expanding the statewide mask order, requiring face masks in public spaces of all businesses and in outdoor public areas whenever it is not possible to maintain physical distancing, Hogan said.


"Wearing a mask is the single-best mitigation strategy that we have to fight the virus, and the science and the data are very clear: It's the best way to keep you and your family safe, to keep people out of the hospital and to keep Maryland open for business," Hogan said.

The state is strongly advising against out-of-state travel to states where the positivity rate is above 10%, which, as of Wednesday, includes Alabama, Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Louisiana, Nebraska, South Carolina and Texas.


"I directed the Maryland Department of Health to issue a public health advisory for all out-of-state travel. We are strongly advising against any travel to or from states with positivity rates of 10% or higher," Hogan said. "We are very concerned. We can't stop people from crossing the borders. Things are pretty much out of control in some of these states."


This public health advisory applies to personal, family or business travel. Anyone traveling to or from these states should get tested and self-quarantine.

Cecil County Schools Will Start the New Year Virtually

Cecil County Public Schools announced that school will resume in a ‘Virtual classroom model’ beginning September 1, 2020.


The school system posted a letter to parents and students on their website.

"On September 8, 2020, the school system will begin providing face to face instruction for small groups of students in each school based on the needs of children. After one month of this face to face service delivery model, the performance of this ‘Small group model’ will help us determine if the model can be expanded incrementally.
School and community stakeholders have worked tirelessly in the past several weeks to create a plan for re-entry that we believe is safe and provides optimal services for our children. We fully understand that the community’s opinion on how and when to re-enter our students and staff varies tremendously, but we believe beginning in small and deliberate steps provides the best outcomes possible. Our full plan will be finalized and made available to the public later this week.
During the time of re-entry, we will implement a rigorous safety protocol for our staff and students that has been generated with information from The Center for Disease Control, The State of Maryland, and The Cecil County Health Department. Our complete set of safety protocols can be found HERE. Please understand that our Safety Protocols are a "living document" that will be addressed by our stakeholders weekly and will likely change as we move through these uncertain times. We will continue to keep the most updated version on our website.
It’s important for families to understand that a fully-virtual option will remain available even as we eventually begin to expand in-person instruction. We will also begin to provide direction to schools as to identifying students who will have the option of returning face to face. Finally, we would like to thank the many school system stakeholders who provided input to school system leadership and our Board of Education to help us make this very important decision."

Harford Students to Start the New School Year With Virtual Learning

Harford Countu students will begin their 2020-2021 academic year through a virtual model of learning. Harford County Public Schools officials announced Thursday that the first two quarters of the upcoming school year will be held virtually.


Superintendent Sean Bulson made the announcement in a letter sent to parents, which also included the fact that a limited number of students will have access to school facilities during the first semester, when they will be provided internet access and supervision by district employees.


Before Thursday's announcement, the district was considering three options for learning. The first involved a completely in-person model of teaching, a second made provisions for distant learning to take place while giving parents the option to send their students to school and the third was a hybrid model where students would attend school for a portion of each week and learn remotely the rest of the week.


Bulson announced that the entire first semester will rely on remote learning but that the district will provide a safe, supervised place for students during the school day. While attending the HCPS Learning Support Centers, county students will receive virtual instruction from their teacher working from a remote location.  According to the letter, these students will have access to bus transportation and Food and Nutrition services.


Read the letter to parents here

Two Harford County Deputies Injured Thursday

Two Harford County Sherrif Deputies were injured Thursday afternoon during a traffic stop and pursuit. One of the officers was helicoptered to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center, while another was taken by ambulance to Upper Chesapeake. Both were being treated for injuries that are not believed to be life-threatening, the sheriff's office reported.



The location of the incident has not been released, but Old Joppa Road was closed between Whitaker Mill Road and US 1 around 3 p.m. due to police activity.

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