Maryland closes school until April 24

BY: David M. Higgins II, Publisher/Staff Writer

Annapolis, MD- Dr. Karen Salmon, Superintendent of Maryland Schools announced today that all Maryland schools will remain closed until April 24, 2020. Dr. Salmon announced that it would be an additional 4 weeks.

On Thursday, March 12, 2020, Governor Hogan announced Maryland schools would be closed from March 16-27, 2020. Since then numerous states surrounding Maryland have either closed completely for the academic year or pushed their reopening date to mid-May.

Many cable companies have opened up their hotspots, stopped throttling connections, and vowed to not cut service because many schools and districts are offering distance learning and some parents are doing their best to home-schools.

ABCMouse, Adventure Academy, Reading IQ and dozens of other online educational programs have offered their programs at severely reduced fees or, in most cases; plain free. ABC Mouse, Adventure Academy, and Reading IQ are working with schools to set up a program through Age of Learning. Check with your school to see if they have set up an account for its students.

Achieve 3000 is a digital literacy library for grades 2- 12 and is offering their service for free.

123 Homeschool ME-Free printable worksheets and educational activities, arranged by grade or subject.

2Simple: Purple Mash, designed for children aged 3-11, offers tools for coding, animation, publishing, art and also applications for math, spelling, and grammar, e-books and more.

Amazon Future Engineer: Amazon Future Engineer is offering a virtual robotics program through partners CoderZ. The fully sequenced course accommodates age levels from second grade with block-based coding to high school with text-based coding. Amazon Future Engineer also is providing access to EarSketch, a free program that helps students learn to code through music. 

Charles County Public Schools opened up their distance learning app, however, students are not required to complete any work and any work done will not be graded.

We published an article late last week from the Smithsonian Institutes with several other programs available to parents and guardians to help home school their kids.

This is a developing story…

Editors Note: I will be making a spreadsheet of all known programs for helping parents with keeping their children learning through this time. It should be ready in a few days. ~ David H.


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David M. Higgins II

David M. Higgins was born in Baltimore and grew up in Southern Maryland. He has had a passion for journalism since high school. After spending many years in the Hospitality Industry he began working in Digital Marketing, eventually leading him back to his passion. David started The Southern Maryland Chronicle in December 2017 and has grown it to become the #1 news source in Southern Maryland.

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