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Frederick County Public Schools Suspends Small Group Instruction, Winter Sports Practices Beginning Jan. 4

Frederick County Public Schools has announced it is suspending all small group instruction and winter sports practices beginning Monday, Jan. 4, given the worsening COVID-19 health metrics in the county. All instruction will be conducted virtually until further notice, according to an FCPS news release. FCPS officials stated that during …

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My Pandemic Haircut

My pandemic haircut

As of late June, I had not been to a hair stylist since April 2019. * Insert horror scream here * I know. I know. That is bad. Don’t @ me. I have some friends that religiously go every six weeks. I say, good for them. That’s awesome. For me, …

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Teachers Prep for Fall

teachers prep for fall

This summer Baltimore middle school teacher Elisabeth Budd is developing a website with a very specific purpose, one that arose after online learning challenges in this year’s pandemic. Budd will use the site to post the content that she teaches her students, so parents can see and help their child …

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The 11 Best Podcasts to Binge Right Now

Photo: Juna Han/Unsplash We’re bored.  We’ve caught up on our favorite tv shows, spent more time on social media and discovered some new books to read. How else can we occupy our time while in quarantine?  Podcasts. Because sometimes we need a friend in our ear.  And, what’s better than enjoying a podcast for any occasion?  …

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The Advantages of Distance Learning

For some children with disabilities, there’s an upside to virtual school In my house, the sudden advent of distance learning has, of course, been the same shocking pivot as for everyone else I know. I talk to other moms who are fighting to get their kids to start their lessons …

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My Quaran’TEEN’ Diary

March 13 is a day that will forever go down in infamy. OK, maybe I am being a bit dramatic. But the girl who left school on that strange Friday thought she was embarking on what teenagers had dubbed “coronacation.” The previous day state officials announced their decision to close …

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Coping with Coronavirus as a Type A Mom

When you’re always in control, the uncertainty of our “new normal” can feel unsettling. One local mother shares her experience. “I am totally flexible … as long as everything is exactly the way I want it.” Does that sound like you? It sums me up perfectly. I epitomize the Type …

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