Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) has a five phase reopening plan for the 2020-21 school year. Schools opened this year in Phase 1 – virtual learning for all students. On March 22, CCPS began Phase 2 for special populations of students that includes in-person instruction four days a week. Any student eligible for Phase 3 falls under the Phase 4 schedule if they are returning to school. Phase 4 started on April 19 and includes two days of in-person instruction on a rotating schedule (see schedule below). Wednesdays will remain asynchronous for all students (in-person and asynchronous) for the rest of this school year. Any student whose parent completed the survey and opted to keep their child in virtual learning will remain on virtual learning for the rest of the school year.

Last day of school for students
The last day of school for students for the 2020-21 school year is Wednesday, June 16. The last four days of school – June 11, 14, 15 and 16 – are two-hour early dismissals.  The following is the end-of-year schedule for students.
  • Friday, June 11: two-hour early dismissal for all students (in-person and virtual).
  • Monday, June 14: two-hour early dismissal for all students (in-person and virtual).
    • This is the last day of in-person school for students who attend school on Mondays and Tuesdays (students with last names starting with letters A-K).
    • These students attend school virtually on June 15.
  • Tuesday, June 15: two-hour early dismissal for all students (in-person and virtual/teacher planning).
    • This is the last day of in-person school for students who attend school on Thursdays and Fridays (students with last names starting with letters L-Z).
    • These students attend school virtually on June 14.
  • Wednesday, June 16: two-hour early dismissal for students/student last day (asynchronous day).
  • Phase 2 students will continue to attend school four days per week until the end of the school year. The last day of in-person learning for Phase 2 students is Tuesday, June 15.


Phase 4 started April 19
Phase 4 includes students in prekindergarten through Grade 12 and a rotating schedule of two days of in-person instruction each week. Any student eligible for Phase 3 now falls under the Phase 4 schedule if they are returning to school. Phase 2 students continue face-to-face instruction four days per week. Wednesdays will remain asynchronous for all students (in-person and asynchronous) for the rest of this school year. This applies only to students who were opted in by a parent/guardian to return to in-person learning. 

  • A-K last names: students with last names starting with letters A to K will attend school in-person Monday and Tuesday. Wednesday is an asynchronous day for all students. This group of students will participate in virtual learning on Thursday and Friday.
  • L-Z last names: students with last names starting with the letters L to Z will attend school in-person Thursday and Friday. Wednesday is an asynchronous day for all students. This group of students will participate in virtual learning on Monday and Tuesday.


Important return to school information for parents of Phase 2-4 students 

  • School hours remain the same. Hours are listed on Pages 32 and 33 in the CCPS Parent Handbook/Calendar or found here on the website.
  • Students and staff must wear masks at school except while eating meals.
  • Parents should complete the health screening each morning. The guidelines are posted on the CCPS website here.
  • Any student who shows two or more COVID-19 symptoms will be sent to the school nurse for evaluation. Parents may be offered a COVID-19 test for their child (to be completed in the school parking lot).
  • Parents will have 60 minutes to pick up a sick child from school. The school nurse or a staff member will release a sick child to a parent/guardian outside of the school building.
  • Food and Nutrition Services staff will serve lunch and breakfast each day. The meals are free for all children. Meal bags will also include dinner and a snack.
  • Students can bring a bagged lunch from home.
  • Parents who need to visit their child’s school for any reason should call the school and ask about visitation procedures.
  • Students should bring their technology, including a laptop, to school each day. Parents should review the technology bring your own device rules if their child is bringing a personal device to school. The rules are posted online here.
  • Transportation information will be loaded into School Locator by 6 p.m., Wednesday, April 14.


Phase 4 Bus Transportation
Transportation information for Phase 4 students will not be posted in ParentVue and StudentVue. This is a change from the start of Phase 2. Transportation information, including bus number, bus stop location and estimated pick-up and drop-off times, will be available in School Locator by 6 p.m., Wednesday, April 14.

School Locator is linked to the CCPS website at https://infosharecharles.tripsparkhost.com/. Parents will need to enter their home address into School Locator to locate their child’s bus information. All Phase 2 parents should check the School Locator to confirm their child’s transportation arrangements as they may have changed. Directions on how to use School Locator are posted at https://www.ccboe.com/index.php/school-locator2.

CCPS has an online transportation help portal for parents on its website. The portal is located at https://www.ccboe.com/transportation/?page_id=182. Parents with bus stop concerns should access the portal to create a help ticket. If transportation information is not listed in School Locator for a particular address, parents should complete a bus stop concern form located on the CCPS transportation portal here. Users should scroll down to the bottom of the page to create a help ticket.

Parents with bus stop concerns or who need to make changes to their child’s pick-up or drop-off locations for daycare needs (within their assigned school zone) should complete a bus change request form located on the CCPS transportation portal here. Users should scroll down to the bottom of the page to create a help ticket. Click here for more information.

Virtual learning

  • Elementary School
    Kindergarten through Grade 5 students participate four days per week in online learning with their home school classroom teacher. School days follow a modified 6.5-hour schedule. Teachers provide live instruction using a learning management platform through Synergy. Instruction is rigorous and planned for students to master grade-level standards. Children are 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 participate four days per week in online learning with their home school teachers. School days follow a modified 6.5-hour schedule. Instruction is 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.


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.
Watch a video on how the CCPS Office of Safety & Security provides information to school system leaders and the public during the Covid-19 pandemic.


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