MEALS FOR K-12 STUDENTS
During the current school closure, the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) is offering three to-go meals a day to all children under the age of 18, without charge. MSDE has hundreds of meal distribution centers across the state. Click here to find a meal distribution site in your community.
- For Carroll County Public School (CCPS) program locations and hours, click here. For additional information on CCPS, you can visit this page.
- For Frederick County Public School (FCPS) program locations and hours, click here. For additional information on FCPS, you can visit this page or call 301-644-5000.
- For Montgonery County Public school (MCPS) program locations and hours, click here. For additional information on MCPS, you can visit this page or call 240-740-3000.
ONLINE LEARNING RESOURCES
As education shifts from at-school and at-office to in-home to prevent the spread of COVID-19, internet providers are working to provide unlimited data, boost internet speeds, open up WiFi hotspot networks to the public, and waiving late charges. Many internet providers now have payment plans and have agreed to not terminate service for customers affected financially by the pandemic. You can click here to see what major internet providers are doing in response to COVID-19 for customers and low-income families.
Smithsonian Institute: The Smithsonian Institute created a digital resource guide for students here. This guide includes:
- Smithsonian Learning Lab: An interactive platform for discovering millions of authentic digital resources
- Smithsonian Open Access: A free photo archive for students
- Smithsonian Digital Volunteers Program: An online program to contribute to historical documents
- Sidedoor: A podcast from the Smithsonian
Library of Congress: The Library of Congress also created a resource guide here. This guide includes:
- Student Discovery Sets: A resource of primary source documents
- Current Exhibitions: A collection on online exhibitions
- Digital Collections: Includes content from U.S. Presidents, musicians, inventors, historic newspapers and more
- By the People: A volunteer program to contribute to historical documents and artifacts
- Classic Children’s Books: A collection available free online
- The Library of Congress’ YouTube channel: Contains a wide range of author programming, as well as content from scholars and musicians.
- Ask a Librarian: A virtual tool for the public
- The Library’s National Screening Room: Showcases the Library’s vast moving image collection.
- The Maryland State Department of Education has a COVID-19 resource guide here. Click here for additional resources for students from the Maryland Department of Education.
- Maryland Public Television (MPT), WETA, and Howard University Television (WHUT) created the “At-Home Learning” initiative, a public TV program consisting of 11 hours of educational programs. You can learn more about the initiative here and live stream the programs here.
- Maryland AskUsNow! is an online information service with Maryland libraries. Sailor is an online research database offered through Maryland public libraries
- For any updates on Maryland school closures, click here.
- Montgomery County: For information about Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) remote learning objectives and plans, click here. MPCS has online homework resources for students here.
- Frederick County: For information about Frederick County Public Schools (FCPS) online learning program during coronavirus, click here. FCPS has general information for students here.
- Carroll County: Carroll County Public Schools (CCPS) has a list of online learning resources here. Click here for updates from CCPS on COVID-19.
STUDENT LOAN BORROWER RELIEF
- COVID-19 Emergeny Relief Flexibilities for federal student loans were extended through at least September 30, 2021, including suspension of loan payments, stopped collections on defaulted loans, and a 0% interest rate.
- You can find more information and an FAQ Guide on federal student loan relief on the U.S. Department of Education's Federal Student Aid website here.