road to reopeningCharles County Public Schools (CCPS) is preparing for the 2020-2021 school year, which begins on Monday, Aug. 31. The Charles County Board of Education on July 14 voted to open the school system with all virtual instruction for all students, with a goal of transitioning to Phase 2 as quickly as possible. Phase 2 would include in-person instruction for special populations of students.

Providing effective instruction in a safe environment is our priority.

How virtual learning will work

  • Elementary School
    Starting Aug. 31, prekindergarten through Grade 5 students will participate four days per week in online learning with their home school classroom teacher. School days will follow a modified 6.5-hour schedule. Teachers will provide live instruction using a new learning management platform through Synergy. Instruction will be rigorous and planned for students to master grade-level standards. Children will be required to attend all live lessons unless absent due to illness. Teachers will use traditional grading.

  • Middle and High School
    Students in Grades 6-12 will participate four days per week in online learning with their home school teachers. School days will follow a modified 6.5-hour schedule. Instruction will be rigorous and planned, so students master grade level and course standards. Students are required to attend all live, virtual lessons unless absent due to illness. Teachers will use traditional grading scales and award credits for the successful completion of each class.

Technology needs for students

CCPS is launching new technology initiatives to support enhanced student and staff access to distance learning. CCPS is using federal and state funding to provide 1-to-1 computing in the 2020-21 school year for all high and middle school students. High school principals will notify families of device pick-up times and dates in mid-August. The technology office has ordered laptops for all middle school students; however, CCPS does not have a firm delivery date. Principals will notify families when pick-up is available. CCPS requires students who received laptops at the end of the 2019-20 school year to return those devices before the school system will issue a new device.

CCPS plans to phase in elementary school device distribution on an as-needed basis. Requests will be accepted on AskCCPS starting in August.

Online registration assistance available on site starting July 27; appointments required

Parents in need of online registration and enrollment assistance can make an appointment to receive help from CCPS staff. Appointments begin July 27 at the Jesse L. Starkey Administration Building. Call 240-585-0273 or 301-934-7395 for an appointment. Parents without appointments will not be seen. Visitors to the Starkey Building must wear a mask or face covering while in the building and respect social distancing requirements. Appointments are limited to one parent and all visitors must check in and bring photo identification. Additional details are posted here.

Today's COVID-19 Numbers Charles County

Charles County Public Schools has established a Departmental Operations Center (DOC) to enable us to keep our fingers on the pulse of the COVID-19 crisis in Charles County and the region. The purpose of the DOC is to collect data that may be relevant for our decision makers, provide the most up-to-date and accurate information and statistics to our staff, and to maintain and strengthen open lines of communication between our partners and stakeholders.  Much like the County’s Emergency Operations Center, our DOC will be virtual and operated through the Office of School Safety and Security, reporting to Superintendent Kimberly Hill. Currently, the DOC has several functions including creating and publishing an intel/situational daily brief, the procurement of personal protective equipment (PPE) for schools, standard operating procedure creation and maintaining open lines of communication with our public safety partners. 

As we move toward the scheduled opening of schools, the operating picture from the State of Maryland and the Maryland Department of Education will become more clear. As this occurs the DOC will assist in producing frameworks and guidance that will assist and support CCPS decision making. 

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