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 will begin Phase 2 for special populations of students that includes in-person instruction four days a week. Any student eligible for Phase 3 now falls under the Phase 4 schedule if they are returning to school. Phase 4 will start on April 19 and includes two days of in-person instruction on a rotating schedule (see schedule below). Wednesdays will remain 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. 

Spring sports start March 1
Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) will start its high school athletics program on March 1 with spring sports conditioning. The official practice start date is March 15. Spring sports include baseball, boys and girls lacrosse, softball, track and field, and tennis. Click here for the MPSSAA Spring Sport Bulletins which include the guidelines for each sport. icon acrobat

The season is open to any CCPS high school student, whether attending school virtually or returning to school in person March 22 during Phase 2. All games will be limited to in-county play, meaning teams will only travel to other CCPS high schools to compete. Spectator access will be limited up to 250 spectators. CCPS is looking at an online ticketing system to secure tickets for families of athletes.  

Phase 2 begins March 22
Phase 2 includes eligible students whose parents opted to send their child to school for in-person learning. Phase 2 students will attend in-person classes on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. Wednesday remains an asynchronous day for the rest of the school year.  

Students in Phase 2 include:
  • Students receiving special education services;
  • English Learners (EL) students;
  • Students who have a 504 plan; 
  • Students who do not have internet access at home; 
  • Students who are homeless or displaced/living in foster care; 
  • Students who are children of CCPS employees; and 
  • High school juniors and seniors enrolled in the following Career and Technical Education (CTE) courses. 
    • Robert D. Stethem Educational Center: Virtual Academy (Grades 10-12), Automotive Technician, Academy of Health Professions Pharmacy Technician, Academy of Health Professions Physical Rehabilitation, and Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC). 
    • North Point High School: Automotive Technician, Collision Repair, Academy of Health Professions Certified Nursing Assistant, Construction Design and Management, Electrical Construction, Cosmetology, Culinary Arts (ACF), Manufacturing and Welding. 
    • Henry E. Lackey High School: ProStart program 
    • Maurice J. McDonough High School: Dance program (all students) 
    • All high schools: Maryland Fire and Rescue Institute (MFRI) program 

Phase 4 starts 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. 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.


Any CCPS student who did not have a parent response on file to the return to school survey has been marked as remaining with virtual learning for the rest of the school year. Parents who opted their child in to return to school but have changed their mind should contact their child’s school to request their child stay with virtual learning for the remainder of the school year.

Parents who opted for their child to remain virtual but now want their child to return to school in-person should call their child’s school. These students will be placed on a waiting list and parents will be notified if space becomes available for their child.

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.
  • AlphaBest is offering childcare at most elementary schools. AlphaBest will reopen registration for new Phase 2 families next week. Sites with low enrollment may not open.
  • AlphaBest registration for Phase 4 families may be offered at a later date.
  • 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 for families who requested bus service will be available in ParentVue soon.


Family internet centers keep students connected to learning; Martin center opens Dec. 1
The family internet centers provide WiFi to students in need of the resource to complete their schoolwork. A family internet center at T.C. Martin Elementary School will open Tuesday, Dec. 1, with operating hours Monday through Friday from 8:45 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.  Henry E. Lackey High School and Mt. Hope/Nanjemoy Elementary School centers operate from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.  The center at Dr. Thomas L. Higdon Elementary School is open from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. Click here for more information.

How virtual learning will work

  • Elementary School
    Starting Aug. 31, kindergarten through Grade 5 students will participate four days per week in online learning with their home school classroom teacher. Prekindergarten starts Sept. 8. 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.


WiFi available in school parking lots

Those in need of WiFi can head to the parking lots of select schools. Access to WiFi will be available at the following:

  • Gale-Bailey Elementary School
  • T.C. Martin Elementary School
  • Mt. Hope/Nanjemoy Elementary School
  • Dr. Samuel A. Mudd Elementary School
  • Matthew Henson Middle School
  • Piccowaxen Middle School
  • Milton M. Somers Middle School


To access the WiFi:

  • Pull into the front parking lot
  • Open your WiFi connection or Network connection screen
  • Look for the network name “BYOD”
  • Enter password, CCPSis#1!
  • Have your child use their Office 365 login credentials to login to the network
  • If they have difficulty accessing any sites, install the certificate from https://www.ccboe.com/byod/


Hotspot access has been made available in the parking lots of the following CCPS schools:

  • Arthur Middleton Elementary School
  • General Smallwood Middle School
  • Henry E. Lackey High school
  • La Plata High School


Directions to access the hotspot:

  • Pull into the parking lot near the CCPS WiFi van
  • Open your WiFi connection or Network connection screen
  • Look for the network name “PublicAccess”
  • Password will be CharlesCounty

 
Community internet resources available

The Comcast Internet Essentials program provides internet for $9.95 a month to qualifying families. Go to https://www.internetessentials.com/ to learn more.

The Charles County Public Library is offering free internet hotspot devices for checkout to library card holders in good standing, but supplies are limited. To learn more, go to https://www.ccplonline.org/about/mobile-hotspots/.


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.

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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