Month: March 2020


With the Maryland school closure extending through April 24, Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) technology staff is preparing to distribute laptops to students who need them to complete distance learning assignments. Some laptops will be distributed later this week, others will be ready next week. On March 13, the last day students and staff were in schools before the closure, students took a two-question survey, answering if they have internet at home and if they have a device to complete schoolwork. If students were absent on March 13, the survey was sent by email to their parents or guardians. CCPS Read more…


The application process begins today for the Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) prekindergarten program for the 2020-21 school year. Students must be 4 years old by Sept. 1 to be eligible for prekindergarten. Admission is based on criteria and guidelines set by the Maryland State Department of Education and is not guaranteed. Due to the school closure mandate in place, CCPS is currently closed through April 24. During the closure, all prekindergarten applications for new families, as well as current CCPS families, must be completed through the online registration system. The system is available at https://www.ccboe.com/index.php/online-registration. CCPS staff are monitoring Read more…


Registration begins online today for Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) students entering kindergarten at the start of the 2020-21 school year. State law requires students entering kindergarten to be 5 years old by Sept. 1 in the school year in which the child is registered. Parents can find out what school their child is zoned to attend by entering their home address in School Locator, a mapping system available at https://www.ccboe.com/index.php/school-locator. Due to the school closure mandate in place, CCPS is currently closed through April 24. All kindergarten registrations for new families, as well as current CCPS families, must be Read more…


Effective Tuesday, March 31, staff at the 11 Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) meal distribution sites can provide parents food without their child being present. However, the pick-up person must be a child’s parent or guardian. Parents/guardians must show staff their child’s CCPS student identification (ID) badge or report card copy showing their student ID number. Meal sites will be closed on May 25 in observance of Memorial Day.  Parents with children not yet enrolled in school should attempt to bring some type of age verification to show to site staff, such as a copy of a birth certificate. The Read more…


As the school closure has been extended to April 24 in an effort to slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) classroom and special education teachers are preparing to deliver distance learning assignments. Teachers will also establish “office hours” that will allow them to communicate with students and answer questions through email. When Maryland State Superintendent Karen Salmon initially closed Maryland public schools from March 16 to 27, the third quarter marking period ended on March 13 due to Gov. Larry Hogan declaring a state of emergency. Third quarter report cards will be mailed to middle Read more…


Cellular hotspots are now available to the public in parking lots at four Charles County public schools. Charles County Public Schools (CCPS), in partnership with AT&T FirstNet, has purchased and placed public access WiFi cellular hotspots at Piccowaxen Middle School, Matthew Henson Middle School, Mt. Hope Nanjemoy Elementary School and T.C. Martin Elementary School. CCPS chose the hotspot locations using information from its recent student technology survey, Comcast and Verizon hotspot maps, and a recent broadband survey county government conducted to determine the areas in highest need. “CCPS created the hotspots to support both the needs of our students and Read more…


Dr. Karen Salmon, state superintendent of Maryland public schools, announced today that schools will continue to be closed through April 24.   School systems around the state, including Charles County Public Schools (CCPS), are closed in response to the global COVID-19 pandemic. Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan issued an executive order earlier this week closing all nonessential businesses to slow the transmission of coronavirus (COVID-19). As Maryland officials report more cases of COVID-19 in the state, schools will remain closed.   “We did not make this decision lightly,” Salmon said. “However, with the challenges facing our state and our country, we have a responsibility to ensure Read more…


The College Board last week announced a change to the 2019-20 Advanced Placement (AP) testing season in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19). Due to nationwide school closures, the College Board is offering students access to remote-learning activities and the option to take a 45-minute exam online. According to the College Board, students who are already registered for an exam can choose to cancel at no charge. The College Board will provide two dates for each AP subject exam – the dates will be announced by April 3 through the College Board. Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) will also publish the Read more…


Public school systems around the state, including Charles County Public Schools (CCPS), have been closed since March 16 in an effort to slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). The COVID-19 pandemic is an unprecedented public health crisis in modern-day United States. CCPS has implemented several measures to ensure students are staying connected to school and receiving meals. Mental health resources are available for parents to help them support the social, emotional and behavioral development of their children amid this pandemic. CCPS has an Employee Assistance Program for staff who might need services such as counseling and resources. Instruction Instructional materials Read more…


To limit the possible spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) is moving to a modified telework schedule through March 27 for eligible support staff. Some 12-month employees will be required to report to work on site to conduct business operations. Supervisors and principals will notify those employees and ensure workspaces meet social distancing guidelines. All employees should continue to monitor their CCPS email for updates on their work schedule and the school system’s operating status. The CCPS Jesse L. Starkey Administration Building switchboard, 301-932-6610 and 301-870-3814, is closed to the public beginning Friday, March 20. The Read more…

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