COVID-19 vaccine/weekly testing requirement expanded to Grades 7-12 for extracurricular activities
Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) has expanded COVID-19 screening requirements to students in Grades 7-12 who participate in CCPS-sponsored extracurricular activities. Starting Monday, Oct. 25, students in Grades 7-12 who participate in specific extracurricular activities must provide proof of having been fully COVID-19 vaccinated (completion of the vaccine series, plus 14 days) or participate in the free CCPS COVID-19 weekly screening program. Click here for more details.  

Oct. 8 early dismissal, schools closed for students only Oct. 11
As a calendar reminder, Friday, Oct. 8, is a two-hour early dismissal for students. Schools are closed for students only on Monday, Oct. 11.

Board to meet Oct. 12
The Board of Education’s next monthly meeting is Tuesday, Oct. 12. The meeting begins at 1 p.m. Agenda items include a COVID-19 operations update, a staffing report and a project status update on new school construction. Public forum is at 6 p.m. and any community member interested in speaking must register in advance. Click here to register. Deadline to register is 12 p.m., Monday, Oct. 11. Late registrations will not be accepted. Registered speakers will receive additional information by email next week. A meeting agenda is posted online here

Chess tournament is Oct. 16, registration open
The CCPS fall chess tournament is Saturday, Oct. 16, at Thomas Stone High School in Waldorf. Registration is open to students in Grades 4-12 and closes Oct. 13. Click here for more information and the registration link.

Free weekly COVID-19 screenings
Any student or CCPS staff member can participate in free weekly preventative COVID-19 screenings at school. Results are shared confidentially with registered staff and parents of students in the program. There is a brief one-time registration process, located online here. Students and staff are tested during the school day, often during lunch. Click here to read more. The following is the weekly screening schedule.


• Henry E. Lackey, La Plata, North Point and Westlake high schools, General Smallwood Middle School, Dr. Samuel A. Mudd, Mary B. Neal, Malcolm and Billingsley elementary schools.


• Maurice J. McDonough, St. Charles and Thomas Stone high schools, Milton M. Somers Middle School, Dr. James Craik, Gale-Bailey, Dr. Thomas L. Higdon, Indian Head, J.C. Parks and Mary H. Matula elementary schools.


• Henry E. Lackey, La Plata, North Point and Westlake high schools, Theodore G. Davis Middle School, C. Paul Barnhart, Walter J. Mitchell, Mt. Hope/Nanjemoy and T.C. Martin elementary schools.


• Maurice J. McDonough, St. Charles and Thomas Stone high schools, Piccowaxen and John Hanson middle schools, Berry, Arthur Middleton and J.P. Ryon elementary schools.


• F.B. Gwynn Educational Center, Jesse L. Starkey Administration Building, Robert D. Stethem Educational Center, Mattawoman, Matthew Henson and Benjamin Stoddert middle schools, Dr. Gustavus Brown, Eva Turner, Daniel of St. Thomas Jenifer, William A. Diggs and William B. Wade elementary schools.