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The weather today will be patchy drizzle and fog before 11 am. Cloudy, then gradually becoming mostly sunny, with a high near 49 and a low around 38. Northwest wind 5 to 8 mph becoming northeast in the afternoon.

The local schools have released several news items in the last 48 hours…

First, the Garrett County Board of Education voted on November 10, 2020, to move students to a red, fully virtual learning model beginning today, Thursday, November 12, and continuing until at least Thursday, December 10, 2020. GCPS is also canceling all in-person extra-curricular activities and athletic events and practices effective immediately. This decision was based on the significant increase in COVID-19 cases throughout Garrett County and the number of GCPS employees and students who are currently quarantining or isolating due to possible COVID exposure.

Click here to see a recording of that most recent BOE meeting.

FYI – schools and teachers will be communicating specific schedules for individual classes and/or students. Parents and students should reference school media sites, Schoology pages, and email for more information about specific schedules. As a reminder, the IT helpdesk can be reached by email at or by calling 1-888-285-7254.

There is also a statewide dashboard available to see COVID-19 outbreaks in the schools.

The Maryland State Department of Education presents its 2019 Maryland School Report Card for Garrett County Public Schools.

Dave Taylor, Coach of the Southern Garrett High School Wrestling Team, has been named the MPSSAA Coach of the Year for the 2019-2020 school year. Congratulations, Dave!

The Maryland Historical Trust announced several webinars over the next three months to learn about $600,000 in available funding for historic preservation grants through the Historic Preservation Capital Grant Program. Six webinars will be held ; applications for the grant funding can be submitted beginning February 2021.

Southern Squad Basketball (not affiliated with any school) is still planning to have their tryout next Monday at the Oakland Armory. Boys 6th, 7th, and 8th grade will go from 5-6 pm. Girls 6th, 7th, and 8th grade will go from 6-7 pm. Parents will be asked to come to the Armory lobby to fill out contact information and a waiver form. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to Landon at

This is an amazing capture of how this November has been going so far…. Thanks to Dan Cullather for sharing!