CCPS officially kicks off the school year on Sept. 3

The 2019-20 school year officially begins Tuesday, Sept. 3 for Charles County Public Schools students in kindergarten through Grade 12. The school system expects to welcome more than 27,000 students this school year. Students in the three-year-old and prekindergarten programs start school on Tuesday, Sept. 10.

Billingsley elementary school opens

CCPS is kicking off its school year with several special events, including the opening of its 22nd elementary school. Located off Billingsley Road in White Plains is Billingsley Elementary School, home of the Bobcats. Billingsley is expected to open Sept. 3 with about 700 students. The school includes environmentally friendly design features, two floors for learning and several playing fields for students. Sabrina Robinson-Taylor is principal at Billingsley and manages an active Twitter account, @Billingsley_ES. Check out how Billingsley staff is preparing for the school year.

Elementary redistricting takes Effect

With the opening of Billingsley this school year, the systemwide elementary school redistricting takes effect. To create an attendance zone for Billingsley, as well as alleviate overcrowding at several other elementary schools, the Board of Education approved an elementary school redistricting in 2018. To see what school your child attends, click here to use the School Locator feature on the CCPS website.

Student id badge program expands to all high schools

CCPS has expanded the use of student identification (ID) badges to all seven high schools, two middle schools and one elementary school. The badge program is part of the school system’s increased focus on school safety and security. Badges include a student’s name, school of attendance, class grade and school year. Each ID features a unique barcode for use with procedures such as tracking late arrivals and early dismissals, purchasing meals in the cafeteria or checking materials out of the school library. The program was piloted last school year at La Plata High, John Hanson Middle and J.P. Ryon Elementary schools. Hanson and Ryon will continue use this year. General Smallwood Middle School will launch the program this school year, and plans are in place to expand student ID badge use at Billingsley later this school year. Click here to read more about the program.

Updated dress code and cell phone policy for students

The Board of Education in June approved an updated cell phone policy and dress code for students. Both take effect this school year. The updated dress code addresses ripped jeans and pants, the addition of different types of headwear and leggings. The updates are included in the 2019-20 Code of Student Conduct. Code of Student Conduct 2019-20 icon acrobat 

Changes to the cell phone policy include permission of use by students on school buses or school-chartered vehicles as long as they do not cause a disruption, and permitted use among high school students during their lunch and/or activity period only. The changes also allow for elementary school parents to request their child be able to bring a cell phone to school for a specific reason for principal approval. The updated policy is included in the 2019-20 Code of Student Conduct.

Additionally, updates were made to the Code of Student Conduct that include increased levels of response for behavioral infractions, such as disrespect and threats of violence. Students receive a copy of the Code on the first day of school; parents are required to review the Code and complete a review form and send back to their child’s school.

Procedures for volunteers/chaperones

Parents and community members interested in volunteering to work in CCPS schools as well as those who attend special events, such as field trips, must complete registration procedures in order to volunteer. All volunteers are required to complete a background screening and participate in training requirements. Volunteer approval is for one year, meaning any approved volunteer from last year must complete the process again for the 2019-20 school year. The application window for the new school year opens Aug. 1. CCPS staff is no longer required to complete the screening, as CCPS launched additional background screenings for staff this school year.  Click here to visit the volunteer page for additional information.

See Something, say something campaign

CCPS is continuing its efforts to provide safe, inviting and welcoming learning environments for students and staff. The See Something, Say Something campaign continues this school year with an emphasis on reporting unsafe or threatening behavior. CCPS encourages students, staff, parents and community members to report anything that threatens the safety of others. Click here to visit the anonymous reporting tool is located on the CCPS website. The CCPS Office of School Safety and Security investigates all reports, often with the assistance of School Resource Officers (SROs). The school system also has an anonymous reporting hotline, 301-302-8305.

MEAL PRICES INCREASE BY FIVE-CENTS THIS YEAR  

Breakfast and lunch prices increased by 5 cents this year for students. Breakfast is $1.35 for elementary school students and $1.45 for middle and high school students. Lunch prices are $2.70 for elementary school students and $2.95 for middle and high school students. Click here for the meal selections posted online.

CCPS uses an online cafeteria prepayment system called MyPayments Plus. Parents can add money and monitor their child’s meal accounts. Click here to sign up or access your account. Some students may be eligible for reduced price or free meals. Parents can apply online for free and reduced price meals. The application for the 2019-20 school year will be available Aug. 16.

New online registration system

Over the summer, CCPS launched a new online registration system for parents. The system is available on the school system website by selecting Register Your Child for School in either the Parents or Quick Links menus, or by clicking on the Online Registration icon on the top right corner, or by selecting the Registration tab.

The page features details about the registration process, what is required for parents enrolling a student new to CCPS and an easy-to-follow video tutorial. The registration website also includes step-by-step directions for users. Parents with students already enrolled in CCPS can register another child using an active ParentVue account. A registration tab is located in the upper right-hand corner of all active ParentVue accounts. Click the tab to begin registration.

Parents new to CCPS must first create a ParentVue account to register online using a valid email address. New users must select create new account from the more options menu area (located underneath the word Login).

The online registration process requires users to upload document copies and/or images of required documents. A school staff member will review all online registrations and screen submissions to ensure all required information is submitted. Parents can also complete the registration process in person using a computer or kiosk at their child’s zoned school. Parents should contact the school to see if they need to set up an appointment. Click here to visit Online Registration and to read more about student registration and what information is required by parents.

Dr. mudd renovations complete

Students and staff at Dr. Samuel A. Mudd Elementary School return to a new building this school year. The school underwent a major renovation that took two years to complete and includes a new main entrance, and the building of a separate cafeteria and gym. Check out some of the construction progress in this video.

Work at Arthur Middleton continues

Arthur Middleton Elementary School has received several building enhancements during the last year. The school building that once included an open-space floor plan now features classrooms with walls, providing a more structured learning environment for students. Spaces such as the media center have been enclosed, and the building features a new entrance that allows for staff to monitor who is entering and leaving the building. Additionally, a contractor is working to install a new roof.

turner and stoddert projects begin

Students at Eva Turner Elementary School will begin their school year at a different location: the Transition School in Waldorf. Turner is set to undergo a renovation expected to take two years to complete. The renovation will modernize the building, increase space to maximize instructional opportunities and upgrade both the mechanical and electrical systems. Construction begins in September and is expected to be complete in June 2021. The Transition School is located at 3155 John Hanson Drive in Waldorf. Telephone numbers are 301-885-0032 or 301-753-2087.

Work will soon begin to expand space at Benjamin Stoddert Middle School. A renovation is planned for Stoddert that includes the expansion of classroom space to accommodate an additional 250 students. The renovation project is in the contract bidding stages but work is expected to start on the Stoddert campus this fall. The renovation will take place in phases and students will not relocate off campus during construction; different parts of the building will be sectioned off during construction. The renovation is expected to take three years to complete.

vaccine requirements

State law requires students to have minimum immunization levels to attend school. Vaccine requirements range depending on the age and grade of a student, and include DPT, polio, measles, mumps, rubella, chickenpox, hepatitis B, Hib, Prevnar, Tdap and meningococcal. Students can receive all required vaccines at their doctor’s office. Click here to view or download the chart including what vaccines are required by age and grade level.

Students can attend school without completed immunizations, but parents have to show proof of an appointment occurring within 20 calendar days from the first day of school, Sept. 3. The Charles County Department of Health is holding vaccine clinics by appointment. Click here for more information about the clinics.

Photo id needed for school/center access

CCPS requires all visitors, including staff, to provide a government-issued photo id prior to gaining access to any school. Schools are equipped with a video monitoring system. Visitors must first press a doorbell and present photo id to gain entry to schools and centers. Visitors must also sign in at the main office using the ScholarChip system, which scans photo ids. ScholarChip compares visitor information against the National Sex Offender Registry.

school bus stops, assignments

Bus stop location, bus number and estimated pickup/drop off times will be available the week of Aug. 19 on the CCPS website through School Locator.  Before the week of Aug. 19, the School Locator will only show school eligibility for a submitted address.  After the School Locator has been updated the week of August 19, visit www.ccboe.com/transportation to submit a Bus Stop Concern Help Ticket if an address is eligible for transportation but no stop exists, or if you have a question about your student's bus stop location. Submit a Bus Change Request Help Ticket if your student needs to ride from another stop other than their residence. A Bus Change Request must be submitted each year the student needs to get on and off the bus at another stop other than what is assigned to their residence.  For more information, click here to read the Transportation Back to School Letter in English icon acrobat or click here to read the Transportation Back to School Letter in Spanish icon acrobat

The school system is sponsoring a bus hotline for parents to call with questions about bus routes. Call 301-932-6655 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Aug. 29-30 and 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sept. 3-4 to reach the hotline. 

PARENT HANDBOOK/CALENDAR 

The 2019-20 CCPS Parent Handbook/Calendar is available on the website in the About menu under Calendars. Parent Handbook/Calendar 2019-20 icon acrobat  Students and staff will receive a copy the first week of school.

Parentvue access

CCPS has an online gradebook program for parents and students to track grades, attendance, assignments and more. The system, ParentVue for parents and StudentVue for students, will be live for the 2019-20 school year the week of Aug. 26. Parents new to CCPS should receive an account activation letter from their child’s school. Parents who do not receive account activation information should contact their child’s school. Parents will need to provide photo identification in order to pick-up account activation information for their child. Click here for an overview of how to use ParentVue posted on the CCPS website.

Receive email, phone and text message updates from ccps 

CCPS uses email, phone calls and text message alerts as part of systemwide and school-based parent and staff communication. The notification system, School Messenger, pulls data from the CCPS student information and staff data systems. It is important parents provide a valid phone number and email address on their child’s emergency card. Parents should notify their child’s school of any changes. Text message alerts are available as an opt-in feature, meaning parents must opt-in to receive messages. Text Y or YES to 67587. Standard message rates by cell phone carrier apply. Text STOP to 67587 at any time to opt out.

Community members who want to receive emergency notification text messages from CCPS can sign up through the Charles County Citizen Notification System at http://www.charlescountymd.gov/CNS.

high school athletes register online 

CCPS has an online team registration system for high school student-athletes.  All athletes must have a completed physical form reviewed and approved by their athletic director prior to practicing or playing.  A physical is valid for one year.  NEW this school year is a five-page physical form.  Click here for the NEW (2019-20 SY) 5-page physical form icon acrobat or find it on the Athletics page under the Forms & Guidelines tab or under the Physicals tab.  To register, visit http://www.ccboe.com/Departments/athletics/index.php and click on the Team Registration tab and then on the name of your child’s school.

Elementary school supply lists

Lists by school can be found on each school's website.  Call the particular school with questions.

C. Paul Barnhart T.C. Martin
Berry Mary H. Matula
Billingsley Arthur Middleton
Dr. Gustavus Brown Walter J. Mitchell
Dr. James Craik Mt. Hope/Nanjemoy
William A. Diggs Dr. Samuel A. Mudd
Gale-Bailey Mary B. Neal
Dr. Thomas L. Higdon  J.C. Parks
Indian Head J.P. Ryon
Daniel of St. Thomas Jenifer Eva Turner
Malcolm William B. Wade

 

Middle school supply lists and summer reading

Lists by school can be found on each school's website.  Call the particular school with questions.
Theodore G. Davis
Supply Lists  Summer Reading
Piccowaxen 
Supply Lists  Summer Assignments

John Hanson
Supply Lists Summer Reading
General Smallwood
Supply Lists  Summer Reading
Matthew Henson
Supply Lists  Summer Packets
Milton M. Somers
Supply Lists  Summer Reading 
Mattawoman
Supply Lists  Summer Packets
Benjamin Stoddert
Supply Lists  Summer Reading

 

High school summer assignments

Lists by school can be found on each school's website.  Call the particular school with questions.
High School Summer Reading North Point
La Plata St. Charles
Henry E. Lackey Thomas Stone
Maurice J. McDonough Westlake

 

Meet your child's teacher  

Orientations and back-to-school events are planned for August, September and October. A complete list of school orientation and open house events is posted under the In the News section of the CCPS website, www.ccboe.com/pr.    Click here for a list of orientation events set for August.     Click here for the list of set open house and back-to-school nights.

Students taking ap exams must register and pay by Nov. 15  

The College Board has implemented a new Advanced Placement (AP) exam registration process; CCPS piloted the process last school year. Any student enrolled in an AP class this year who is interested in taking the accompanying exam in May 2020 must register and pay for the exam by Nov. 15, 2019.

At the start of the school year, all AP teachers will provide students with access codes to an online College Board account at https://myap.collegeboard.org/login. Students must first create a College Board account to link an access code from their teacher to class resources. Students also will use their class account to register for any AP exam.

Cost per exam is $94; however, any student who decides to take an AP exam after the Nov. 15 deadline will be charged a late fee of $40 per exam. Additionally, any student who cancels an AP exam is subject to a $40 cancellation fee. Visit https://apstudents.collegeboard.org/exam-policies-guidelines/exam-fees for more details.

share your back-to-school pics 

Help CCPS celebrate the start of another exciting school year. Send us your photos at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or tag us in your social media posts with #btsccps19. A gallery featuring shared content will be posted on the school system website.