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LEONARDTOWN, MD – To assist county citizens surrounding the community impacts due to COVID-19, the Commissioners of St. Mary's County have authorized the Department of Recreation and Parks to delay the approved FY2021 fee increases for youth and adult programming within the  Recreation Division and Wicomico Shores Golf Course until April 1, 2021.


Commissioner decisions and related public documents are available on the county government website in BoardDocs. St. Mary's County Commissioner Meetings may be viewed live Tuesday mornings on SMCG Channel 95 or as a replay Friday nights at 6:30 p.m. Meetings are also available for on-demand viewing on the St. Mary's County Government YouTube Channel.

Patrol Supervisor Locates Drugs and Pistol Loaded with 30 Round Magazine During Traffic Stop: On January 23 at 4:39 p.m., a patrol supervisor initiated a traffic stop in the area of Bannister Circle and Knolewater Court after a computer check showed the tags on the car belonged on another vehicle. Upon approaching the driver, the officer detected the odor of marijuana. An additional computer check revealed the driver was driving without a license. The driver was placed under arrest at which time the officer found approximately 2 ounces of marijuana and over $14,000 in cash on the man. Further, an assault-style pistol – with a loaded 30 round magazine – and a black ski mask were found inside the car. Cameron D. Johnson, 19, of Waldorf, was charged with illegal possession of a firearm, possession of a controlled dangerous substance, and several traffic violations. Sgt. J. Morales investigated.

On January 26, 2021, at approximately 4:30 p.m. Corporal Glen Knott conducted a vehicle stop in the 21700 block of Pegg Road in Lexington Park. During the vehicle stop, an occupant of the vehicle, later identified as Deatre Marquise Perkins, age 25 of Lexington Park, was observed reaching towards a front seat passenger, later identified as David Allen Huffman, age 21 of Leonardtown. Huffman then exited the vehicle and fled the area on foot. Huffman was pursued on foot by Deputy First Class Matthew Beyer and apprehended. Located on Huffman during apprehension was a loaded handgun. Both Perkins and Huffman were arrested and transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention and Rehabilitation Center and charged with the following:
Loaded Handgun on Person
Handgun on Person
Loaded Handgun in Vehicle
Handgun in Vehicle
Anyone with information on this incident is asked to contact DFC Matthew Beyer at (301) 475-4200 extension 78005 or by email at Matthew.Beyer@stmarysmd.com.
Citizens may remain anonymous and contact Crime Solvers at (301) 475-3333, or text a tip to “TIP239” plus their message to “CRIMES” (274637). Through the Crime Solvers Program tipsters are eligible for an award of up to $1,000 for information about a crime in St. Mary’s County that leads to an arrest or indictment.
For official news and information, follow the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office on Twitter @firstsheriff.

On January 16, 2021, at approximately 3:08 p.m. deputies from the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office responded to the 46000 block of Columbus Drive in Lexington Park, for the reported robbery. The victim advised deputies he was assaulted and robbed by several individuals. Detectives from the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division responded to the scene and continued the investigation.
Investigation determined the victim was hired to record a video for the suspects and after recording the video, the victim was assaulted. During the assault the victim fell to the ground and was punched and kicked numerous times. One suspect brandished a firearm and other individuals removed several items of property from the victim and fled. During the investigation four male juveniles ages 17, 15 and two 14-year-olds, all of Lexington Park, were identified as participants in the robbery. All four juveniles were arrested and charged with the following:
Armed Robbery
Two of the juveniles involved were charged as adults and transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention and Rehabilitation Center in Leonardtown. Due to a change in Maryland law, the juveniles will not be identified by the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office and no booking photographs will be released until a waiver hearing is conducted to determine the jurisdiction of this case. The remaining two suspects were charged as juveniles.
Anyone with information on this incident is asked to contact Detective Daniel Sidorowicz at (301) 475-4200 extension 78043 or by email at Daniel.Sidorowicz@stmarysmd.com.
Citizens may remain anonymous and contact Crime Solvers at (301) 475-3333, or text a tip to “TIP239” plus their message to “CRIMES” (274637). Through the Crime Solvers
Program tipsters are eligible for an award of up to $1,000 for information about a crime in St. Mary’s County that leads to an arrest or indictment.
For official news and information, follow the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office on Twitter @firstsheriff.

The County Administrator wishes to remind residents of changes to operating schedules for the month of February: 


Monday, Feb. 15 (Presidents’ Day)

All Charles County Government offices and the Tri-County Animal Shelter in Hughesville will be closed.
The Nanjemoy Community Center, all senior centers, and all school-based community centers, and North Point Pool will remain closed due to COVID-19 restrictions.

Operating status for other County affiliated agencies:

Charles County Parks and Tourism Facilities: www.CharlesCountyParks.com/about-us/operating-status
Charles County Public Library: www.ccplonline.org
Charles County Health Department: www.CharlesCountyHealth.org

For questions about County Government holiday closures, contact the Public Information Office at 301-885-2779 or PressRoom@CharlesCountyMD.gov.  Citizens with special needs may contact the Maryland Relay Service at 711, or Relay Service TDD: 800-735-2258.

During the week of January 18 – January 24, deputies of the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office responded to 1,288 calls for service throughout the community. 
Theft: 2021-3951
On January 21, 2021, Deputy Mason responded to the 3300 block of Hall Creek Lane in Owings, MD for report of a theft. The victim advised sometime between midnight and 8 a.m., two political signs were stolen from his yard. The value of stolen property is $16.00.
Theft: 2021-4112
On January 22, 2021, Deputy Jacobs responded to the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office for report of a theft. The complaint advised sometime on January 20, between the hours of 10 a.m. and 5 p.m., someone stole the tailgate off his 2007 Ford Ranger while parked at the Beach Self Storage located in the 8900 block of Boyds Turn Road in Owings, MD. The tailgate is gray in color adorned with two American Flag decals, camouflage tape, and a Planet Fitness bumper sticker. The value of stolen property is $240.
Theft from Motor Vehicle: 2021-3427
On January 18, 2021, Deputy Evans responded to the American Land Trust Trails located in the area of Scientist Cliffs Road and Aspen Road in Port Republic, MD for report of thefts from motor vehicles. Two victims advised they had walked the trails and returned to find their vehicles damaged/ broken into and items missing. Property damage to both vehicles was estimated to be $1000.00 and the total amount of stolen property was approximately $400.00.
Damaged Property: 2021-4304
On January 23, 2021, Deputy Lewis responded to the 4000 block of Plum Point Road in Huntingtown, MD for the report of damaged property. The complainant advised unknown suspect(s) attempted to force entry into the residence thru the front door. The estimated value of damaged property to the door is $1,100.00
Damaged Property: 2021-3623
On January 19, 2021, Deputy Lewis responded to the Lorins Pride Subdivision in Huntingtown, MD for the report of damaged property. The complainants advised sometime between the hours of 6 p.m. and 6:15 p.m., a large truck drove around the traffic circle causing damage to several wooden posts, damage to the brick walkway, and left significant ruts in the grassy area. The estimated value of damaged property is approximately $5,000.00.
Damaged Property: 2021-3890
On January 21, 2021, Deputy Dymond responded to the 3700 block of 3rd Street in North Beach for report of property destruction. The complainant advised sometime between 12 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. on Jan. 21, unknown suspects vandalized her truck bed cap with “BLM” etched into the paint. The value of damaged property is unknown at this time. 
Vehicle Tampering: 2021-3987
On January 21, 2021, Deputy Aranda responded to the 12500 block of Plantation Drive in Dunkirk, MD for a report of vehicle tampering. The complainant advised an unknown suspect was tampering with a motor vehicle parked at the residence. The suspect was described as a white male in their teens or early 20’s with long, blonde, curly hair. No items were reported stolen from the vehicle.
On January 22, 2021, Deputy McDowell conducted a traffic stop in the area of Rt. 260 and Rt. 4 in Dunkirk, MD. While making contact with the driver, George Wesley Howsare (61), a metal rod and a white powdery substance were observed in plain view. A search of the vehicle revealed multiple spoons with burn marks and burnt white residue on them. Howsare was placed under arrest and transported to the Calvert County Detention Center where he was charged with CDS: Possession- Not Marijuana and CDS-Possession of Paraphernalia. 
On January 19, 2021, Deputy Crum responded to the Walmart store in Dunkirk, MD for report of a theft. The complainant advised the suspect identified as Bruce Ellis Jones (57), placed several power tools and construction materials in his cart and exited all points of sale with stolen merchandise. Contact was made with Jones and he admitted to the theft. Jones was arrested and transported to the Calvert County Detention Center where he was charged with Theft- $100 to under $1500.
On January 20, 2021, Deputy Barger and Deputy Bradley responded to southbound Rt. 4 and Broomes Island Road in Port Republic, MD for a reported traffic complaint. Upon arrival, Deputy Bradley made contact with the victim who advised she was stopped at the red light and the driver of the vehicle stopped behind her exited the vehicle and approached the victims’ driver’s side window with a wooden baseball bat. The suspect began swinging the bat towards the victim which broke out the driver’s side window. The suspect was identified as Claudette Vernadine Wallace (58). Wallace was apprehended and transported to the Calvert County Detention Center where she was charged with Assault-First Degree and Malicious Destruction of Property Less than $1,000. 

On January 21, 2021, Detectives of the Criminal Investigations Bureau arrested Donald Allen Hayes, 31 of Lusby, MD, for sex offenses committed against juvenile female victims. 
Hayes used social media platforms to contact the victims and send/request sexually explicit material. Hayes offered victims gifts, controlled substances, and vaping materials. Hayes arranged to meet the victims in person, where sexual assaults were committed.  
Detectives believe there may be additional victims. The Calvert County Sheriff’s Office is urging anyone with information about these incidents or possible victims to please contact Detective Yates at Edward.yates@calvertcountymd.gov.  

On January 23, 2021, detectives from the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Vice Narcotics Division, along with deputies from the Patrol Division, conducted a vehicle stop in the 39400 block of Harpers Corner Road in Mechanicsville. Investigation determined the occupants of the vehicle were in possession of a large amount of suspected heroin/fentanyl capsules. The capsules have an estimated street value of $5,100. The occupants of the vehicle were identified to be Martin Roland Abell, age 44, Corey Scott Biscoe, age 26, and Patrick Neal Boothe, age 34, all of Drayden. All three occupants were arrested and transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention and Rehabilitation Center in Leonardtown, and charged with the following:
CDS: Possession-Not Marijuana (two counts)
CDS: Possession with Intent to Distribute (two counts)
CDS: Possession-Large Amount
For official news and information, follow the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office on Twitter @firstsheriff.

Officers Apprehend Armed Suspect in Attempted Murder Case: On January 25 at 4:43 p.m., officers responded to the 5200 block of Greenville Drive in Bryans Road, MD, for the report of a domestic-related assault in progress. While in route to the call, officers were advised one of the subjects involved in the altercation had gone outside and was shooting a firearm toward the people who were still inside the house. As the first officer arrived, he observed the suspect outside of the front door still pointing a handgun toward the house. The officer gave verbal commands, ordered the suspect to drop the weapon – which he did immediately – and was able to de-escalate the situation. The suspect was taken into custody and the gun and ammunition was recovered. While escorting the suspect to a patrol car, the suspect broke free and ran, but was quickly apprehended without further incident. No one inside the house was injured. The suspect, Kevin Lee McClam, 20, of Bryans Road, was charged with attempted murder, first-degree assault, second-degree assault, escape, and other related charges. PFC R. Walls and Officer C. Harris are continuing the investigation.

LEONARDTOWN, MD – The Commissioners of St. Mary's have recognized more than 250 volunteers who serve on various county boards, committees and commissions. The annual recognition highlights the collaborative approach between Commissioners and members of the community.


St. Mary's County Boards, Committees exist to provide insight on community issues by gathering people of expertise to formally discuss and examine topics. These boards then provide invaluable communication to public officials. St. Mary's County has more than four dozen boards, committees and commissions that meet regularly.


Commissioner President Rand Guy said, "These volunteers are essential to the mission of St. Mary's County Government to serve its citizens faithfully, and I commend those who have given of their time and talents."


To explore and volunteer for a St. Mary's County Board, Committee or Commission, please visit www.stmarysmd.com/boards.

Jan. 26, 2021:
The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the identity of the person shown in a theft investigation. On Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021 at 9:45 pm, the suspect fled the McKay’s grocery store in Charlotte Hall with items both in his shopping cart and inside of his clothing that he did not pay for. The suspect was last seen getting into a green over maroon sedan, possibly a Chevy Monte Carlo.
Anyone with information about the identity of the suspect or this incident is asked to call Deputy Michael Graves at 301-475-4200, ext. 78101 or email michael.graves@stmarysmd.com. Case # 3201-21
Citizens may remain anonymous and contact Crime Solvers at 301-475-3333, or text a tip to “TIP239” plus their message to “CRIMES” (274637). Through the Crime Solvers Program tipsters are eligible for an award of up to $1,000 for information about a crime in St. Mary’s County that leads to an arrest or indictment.
For official news and information, follow the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office on Twitter @firstsheriff

MSEA President and Baltimore County elementary school teacher Cheryl Bost sent the below letter this morning in response to the letter sent by Gov. Hogan and Superintendent Salmon last Thursday prior to their press conference, when they demanded that schools reopen without regard to health metrics and threatened educators.
January 26, 2021
Dear Governor Hogan and Superintendent Salmon:
No one wants to get back to school safely and sustainably more than educators. We, the educators working daily with students and families, are painfully aware of the effects of this year’s challenges and trauma upon our students and their families. We are frustrated by the lackadaisical implementation of, and resources for, safety measures in our schools. We are frustrated by the lack of availability of vaccines after being told how important it is for us to get vaccinated. We want to be back in our schools, safely and sustainably, for our students.
While your letter called for partnership, your actions have consistently and inappropriately tried to paint educators as opponents and obstacles. In your letter, you state that “[our] advocacy for a safe but expeditious return to in-person instruction would be a critical stepping stone to mitigating further disrupted instruction.” Perhaps you are unaware, Governor Hogan, since you have never accepted a meeting with us throughout the course of your administration, and perhaps you are unaware, Dr. Salmon, since you have refused to meet with us and ended all stakeholder meetings in August, but that is exactly what we have been advocating for over these long months of the pandemic.
But let’s dispense with the pretense. You are well aware that we have been advocating for a safe and sustainable return to classrooms. You are well aware that 20 of 24 districts, according to MSDE’s own reporting, have already returned for at least small group instruction for at least some of the school year. You are well aware that the safety measures we have consistently called for are not some set of arcane and unachievable steps, but the very things that the CDC, Maryland Department of Health, MSDE, and OSHA have called for. You are well aware that we have encouraged our members to get vaccinated as soon as possible and helped to answer their questions about the vaccine and the process.
You are also aware of the delay and lack of state resources to assist local school districts to put in place health and safety protocols and staffing needed to reopen schools safely and sustainably. You are aware of the delay in developing statewide health metrics this summer to guide reopening decisions and now the near elimination of such guidance. Currently, you are also aware of the inadequacy of vaccine distribution thus far. Clearly, much of the blame for this can be laid at the feet of the Trump Administration. However, you also know that news reports and analysis have declared Maryland’s vaccine distribution to be one of the slowest in the country. Data compiled by Oxford University from the CDC indicates that Maryland has the 12th-lowest level of vaccinations per 100 residents among all the states, just above Kansas and less than half the rate of the states with the highest levels of vaccination distribution.[1] Many educators are hearing at your press conferences that they can now get vaccines only to find no vaccine available to them in their counties. It is deeply disappointing that you are spending your time and energy blaming and threatening educators rather than fixing the problems that are making it harder to reopen our schools and state more broadly.
During your press conference, you, Governor Hogan, declared that there is “no public health reason for county school boards to keep students out of school.” This statement would be laughable if it were not so dangerous. It is abundantly clear in light of the escalating number of infections, mutations, and deaths that coronavirus is anything but predictable. The risk of infection increases dramatically when individuals are in close physical proximity, particularly indoors, in spaces with poor outside air ventilation, and for extended periods of time. What has also become clear is that school-aged children who are infected with coronavirus can transmit it to the adults with whom they have contact. The Wall Street Journal reported on January 16 that “recent studies and outbreaks show that schoolchildren, even younger ones, can play a significant role in spreading infections.”[2] A Calder Center study released in December of Michigan and Washington found that “reopening schools in areas with higher caseloads, though, does spread the virus.”[3] This question is far from settled, despite your pronouncements.
As a result, a multi-pronged approach of mitigation strategies is necessary to limit the spread of coronavirus in schools. The CDC unequivocally states that “resuming and maintaining in-person learning may pose risks to children, teachers, school administrators, and other staff in the school environment, and their families and household members.” The CDC continues to state that the decision to re-open schools must be weighed against the risks of spreading coronavirus in the school and community. No one should allow a reckless public relations action to outweigh the public health risks.
President Biden’s executive order, which was signed on Thursday, the same day as your press conference, demonstrates not only thoughtful leadership but also support for a profession whose voices you have attempted to minimize and villainize in reopening discussions. It calls for federal agencies to prioritize worker safety and to provide schools with financial aid, cleaning, masking, proper ventilation, resources for testing, contact tracing, and vaccinations for educators. These critical pieces in the reopening conversation were glossed over, at best, in your announcements. The Biden executive order also requests the U.S. Departments of Education and Health and Human Services to provide new guidance for schools on whether and how schools may safely reopen. These are the types of solutions we need in our schools to properly reopen safely and a model of the type of support and leadership we desire.
In contrast, on Thursday you scrubbed from state guidance the health metrics around positivity rate and cases per 100,000, which were previously used to guide reopening decisions locally. You accused others of shifting goalposts, while you didn’t just move them, you now deny their existence. Is the positivity rate no longer important? Are cases per 100,000 no longer something to worry about? At your press conference, Dr. Chan stated that “school reopening decisions should not be based on the availability of vaccinations or the level of vaccinations among staff.” Less than 10 days before you—in a step we called for and praised—moved educators up to Phase 1B in vaccine distribution. Yet now it’s no longer important that they receive a vaccine? The mixed messages that you are sending are confusing and anxiety-provoking to educators and many parents across the state.
Since you no longer feel these health metrics and precautions are important, I assume that you will now return to holding all of your meetings, including State Board of Education meetings, in person regardless of vaccination rates or health metrics in our state. As you know, Dr. Salmon, I have spoken during public comment about educator concerns around health and safety at State Board meetings for months and have offered to work collaboratively. I look forward to your publicizing when the State Board will be moving its meetings to in-person and how educators may continue to provide you feedback during limited public comment, which is the only way we have been able to speak to you since the school year began.
As a teacher, I am so proud of all educators who are working so hard for the children and families of Maryland. It is disheartening that you feel that educators should be threatened with the loss of pay and their license for refusing to return to schools—not that this is a legally sustainable threat and not that this should be regarded as appropriate or motivating in the least. I have never, in all my years, heard of a single statement uttered by a state leader that caused more tears, more anxiety, and more frustration among educators than your threat to withhold their pay and revoke their licenses at the very moments when they were working incredibly hard, as they have for months, to make the best of educating our students in impossible circumstances.
No one wants to open school buildings safely and sustainably sooner than educators. That will continue to be our focus, and I hope it will be yours as well, rather than more U-turns in the state’s guidance and further inappropriate public bullying of educators. These actions do nothing to improve and save the lives of Marylanders, but your concerted efforts to improve vaccine distribution and health and safety protocols in school buildings very well could. We see the promise of these efforts from the Biden Administration, and urge you to take the same inclusive and responsible problem-solving approach rather than one of finger-pointing and division. I remain ready, as I have throughout this pandemic, to work with you and local leaders to reopen school buildings safely, sustainably, and expeditiously.

PRINCE FREDERICK, Md. – Jan. 26, 2021 – The Calvert County Department of Public Safety, Emergency Management Division, is working with staff from the Calvert Cliffs Nuclear Power Plant to encourage residents, especially those who live south of Prince Frederick, to take part in a short emergency planning survey.
Information gathered from the survey will help improve local emergency management strategies and future emergency responses. The survey should only be taken once per household and by those 18 years of age or older.
To complete the survey, please go to http://CCNPPsurvey.kld.engineering before March 31, 2021.
For more information, please contact the Calvert County Office of Emergency Management at 410-535-1600, ext. 2302 or email OEM@calvertcountymd.gov.
Find information on Calvert County Government services online at www.CalvertCountyMd.gov. Stay up to date with Calvert County Government on Facebook at www.facebook.com/CalvertCountyMd.

Charles County is pleased to announce that the 2020 Annual Report and Year in Review video are available online for public viewing. The Annual Report and Year in Review video offer a comprehensive look back at 2020.  The report shares the county’s accomplishments in the areas of education, health, public safety, and quality of life.  The video is a look back on key milestones that were achieved in 2020, including:


County’s efforts to work together to during the COVID pandemic
2020 U.S. Census
Climate Change initiatives
Mallows Bay designation as a National Marine Sanctuary
Opening of the College of Southern Maryland’s Velocity Center
A $2.9 million broadband grant
Visit www.CharlesCountyMD.gov/AnnualReport, to view or download a Portable Document Format (PDF) version of the 2020 Annual Report or to view the Year in Review video. Adobe Reader is required to view PDF files. 


To request a copy of the report, email PressRoom@CharlesCountyMD.gov or 301-885-2779. DVD copies may be requested at www.CharlesCountyMD.gov/media-services/ccgtv/ccgtv. Citizens with special needs may contact the Maryland Relay Service at 711, or Relay Service TDD: 800-735-2258.

In accordance with Governor Larry Hogan’s guidance to open schools for hybrid instruction by March 1, Calvert County Public Schools has announced that schools will reopen for students in special populations and those in pre-K through Grade 2 on February 8. Fully virtual instruction will continue for students whose families chose that model. Dates for the return of other grade bands will be released in the coming weeks.
The February 8 start date for students in special populations includes:
• Those who attended face-to-face programs at the Career and Technology Academy;
    • Eligible elementary school students with IEPs and secondary school students on an alternate standards framework, including those at Calvert Country School, who attended school for in-person instruction in December 2020; and
    • English Language Learners who attended school for in-person instruction in December 2020.
When hybrid instruction for students in pre-K through Grade 2 resumes on February 8, students in Cohort A will attend, while students in Cohort B will learn remotely. Cohort B students will return to school on February 16, and Cohort A will participate in virtual instruction that week. 
Dr. Daniel D. Curry, Superintendent, said, “Given the new guidance from the Governor, State Superintendent, and Maryland Department of Health, we’re going to try to get back to our plan. This is especially important for those programs that have been used to being in the buildings. Of course, we will continue to require mask wearing, hand washing, and social distancing. Decisions for the next groups scheduled for hybrid will be determined later.”

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer, Dutch Ruppersberger, John Sarbanes, Kweisi Mfume, Anthony G. Brown, Jamie Raskin, and David Trone (all D-Md.) today announced more than $1.17 billion in federal funding for K-12 schools and higher education institutions across Maryland.


Funding comes from the bipartisan COVID-19 relief package passed by Congress in late December.


“This urgently needed relief will help provide students, educators and support professionals with more resources to improve learning and educational services, and help Maryland school districts cover the significant costs they have borne throughout this pandemic,” the lawmakers said. “Team Maryland remains committed to securing additional federal resources to ensure students and educators can keep learning safely.”


Funding includes:


K-12 Schools ($868,771,000): For the Maryland State Department of Education to support statewide education activities and for Maryland’s 24 school districts to accommodate the educational needs of students amid the COVID-19 pandemic, including direct support for low-income students, children with disabilities, English learners, racial and ethnic minorities, students experiencing homelessness and youth in foster care.

Higher Education ($309,025,964): To help institutions across Maryland cover lost revenue, support the transition to online learning and help students pay for food, housing, health care and child care expenses. (Additional funding dedicated to Maryland HBCUs and Minority Serving Institutions will be announced in the coming days.)

See below for complete breakdowns of the federal grant funding.


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K-12 Schools

Local School System

Funding Allocations

Allegany County Public Schools


Anne Arundel County Public Schools


Baltimore City Public Schools


Baltimore County Public Schools


Calvert County Public Schools


Caroline County Public Schools


Carroll County Public Schools


Cecil County Public Schools


Charles County Public Schools


Dorchester County Public Schools


Frederick County Public Schools


Garrett County Public Schools


Harford County Public Schools


Howard County Public Schools


Kent County Public Schools


Montgomery County Public Schools


Prince George's County Public Schools


Queen Anne's County Public Schools


St. Mary's County Public Schools


Somerset County Public Schools


Talbot County Public Schools


Washington County Public Schools


Wicomico County Public Schools


Worcester County Public Schools


Total for MD School Districts



Maryland State Department of Education


WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) released the following statement regarding President Biden’s new executive order to promote American manufacturers, businesses, and workers:


“The economic fallout of the pandemic has hit American workers hard – many have lost their jobs and are unable to make ends meet. Now more than ever, we need to invest in our economy and the American workforce – and today’s executive action from President Biden does just that. This new order will help support U.S. manufacturing and boost job creation by ensuring that the federal government purchases more goods made by American workers. Ultimately, this will help create more good-paying jobs and is part of a larger strategy to make our economy work better for everyone. I am committed to working together with the Biden Administration to strengthen American manufacturing and to eliminate the backwards incentives in the Republican tax law to ship American jobs, not products, overseas. As we work to build back better, these must be top priorities.”

LEONARDTOWN, MD - The St. Mary’s County Health Department (SMCHD) has partnered with the St. Mary’s County Department of Aging & Human Services and the St. Mary’s County Library to provide assistance with COVID-19 vaccine appointment registration over the phone for residents who are eligible for the vaccine based on current local criteria.
Registration is required through the state’s electronic vaccine registration system in order to schedule a vaccination appointment and receive COVID-19 vaccine; the additional phone support from the Department of Aging & Human Services and the St. Mary’s County Library is intended to assist those who may not have access to a computer or who require additional help with the electronic registration process. SMCHD will post available vaccine appointments on the SMCHD website each Friday afternoon once the state notifies SMCHD of the local vaccine allotment for the following week. Registration links will be removed once appointments have been filled.   
Phone Assistance for Vaccine Appointment Registration:
For St. Mary’s County residents age 65  
St. Mary’s County Department of Aging & Human Services
·         Hours of Operation: Monday - Friday from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., 
·         Phone Number: (301) 475-4200, ext. 1049
For all other St. Mary’s County community members currently eligible to receive vaccine according to the local vaccination phase
St. Mary’s County Library
·         Hours of Operation: Monday - Thursday from 1 - 6 p.m. and Friday 12 - 5 p.m.
·         Phone Number: (240) 523-3340
General Information on COVID-19, Testing, Vaccination, Occupational Eligibility Questions, Data, etc.
            St. Mary’s County Health Department
·         Hours of Operation: Monday - Friday from 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
·         COVID-19 Hotline: Phone Number (301) 475-4330
·         COVID-19 Information: www.smchd.org/coronavirus 
·         COVID-19 Vaccine Information: www.smchd.org/covid-19-vaccine 
·         COVID-19 Testing Information: www.smchd.org/covid-19-testing 
·         COVID-19 Data: www.smchd.org/covid-19-data
Due to high call volumes, you may need to leave a message and wait for a return call. As a reminder, please do not call the Hollywood Fire Department for questions regarding the COVID-19 vaccine or how to register for the vaccine. 

Naval installations in the National Capital Region will participate in an annual anti-terrorism force protection exercise Feb. 1 – 12, 2021.  These Naval installations include Naval Support Activity Washington, Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Naval Support Activity South Potomac, Naval Support Activity Annapolis, and Naval Support Activity Bethesda.
Exercise Citadel Shield-Solid Curtain 2021 (CS/SC 21) is conducted by Commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Command and Commander, Navy Installations Command on all Navy installations in the continental U.S.
The exercise is designed to enhance the readiness of Navy security forces and ensure seamless interoperability among the commands, other services and agency partners.
Exercise CS/SC 21 is not in response to any specific threat, but is a regularly scheduled exercise.
Measures have been taken to minimize disruptions within local communities and to normal base operations, but there may be times when the exercise causes increased traffic around bases or delays in base access. Area residents may also see or hear security activities associated with the exercise. Advanced coordination has taken place with local law enforcement and first responders.
Area residents may also see or hear security activities associated with the exercise. For information about Exercise CS-SC21, follow Naval District Washington Public Affairs on social media at www.facebook.com/NavDistWash.
For more information, contact the Naval District Washington Public Affairs Office at 202-433-9714.

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