Month: September 2020


Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) is offering on-site assistance Oct. 5-7 for Phase 2 registration. Assistance is available to any Charles County family with a child enrolled in CCPS who is eligible to return to school during Phase 2. Pending Board approval, CCPS plans to begin Phase 2 on Nov. 9.   The on-site schedule is below. Appointments are not required. Interpreters of multiple languages will be available to support families.   Monday, Oct. 5, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at John Hanson Middle School located at 3165 John Hanson Drive in Waldorf. Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2 to 7 p.m. Read more…


Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) is adding a free dinner meal and snack to its meal bags that already include a breakfast kit and lunch for all children 2 to 18. The additional meals will be distributed starting Oct. 5 at the school system’s 17 meal sites. Parents picking up meals without their child present will need to show proof of a child’s age — like a student identification badge or copy of a report card. If the child is not or not yet enrolled in CCPS, and is not present during pickup, the parent must show documentation of the Read more…


Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) and the Charles County Department of Health are collaborating to offer required vaccinations for students at no cost. Maryland law requires students to have up-to-date immunizations, but with some physician’s offices having altered schedules in effect to slow the spread of COVID-19, some students may not have received vaccinations yet. Sites will be set up at four CCPS schools with vaccines offered for measles, mumps and rubella (MMR), chickenpox (varicella), hepatitis B, Tdap and MCV4, the meningitis vaccine. Students entering Grade 7 must have record of both a Tdap and meningococcal vaccine on file with Read more…


Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) students enrolled in Advanced Placement (AP) classes can take the accompanying exam in May. Some colleges and universities provide students with course credit for achieving a score of 4 or higher on AP exams. Any CCPS student enrolled in AP classes this year interested in taking the course exam in 2021 must register and pay the exam fee by Nov. 6. A list of available exams is posted on the College Board website at https://apstudents.collegeboard.org/exam-calendar. Students who want to register for an AP exam should contact the testing coordinator at their high school for assistance. Read more…


Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) students interested in taking the PSAT exam must register by Nov. 24. The PSAT exam is voluntary and open to any student in Grades 9-11. CCPS covers the registration fee for all sophomores to encourage students to take the exam as practice for the SAT. Registered students will take the exam at their home school in person on Jan. 26, 2021. Cost of the exam for high school freshmen and juniors is $18 and students can register online. This is the only date available for students to take the exam this school year, and students Read more…


Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) students and teachers are receiving hotspots and web cameras earlier than expected this week with help from members of the Joint Base Andrews Office of Special Investigations (OSI). Five members of the OSI team arrived at the CCPS warehouse Wednesday morning, ready to prepare more than 1,000 hotspots for students and nearly 2,000 web cameras for teachers to use once CCPS begins Phase 2 with in-person learning. The cameras will allow teachers to move around the classroom rather than sit behind a computer as they simultaneously teach children in the classroom and virtually. The OSI Read more…


Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) is making a game plan for the return of athletics and extracurricular activities. Students can engage in virtual athletics and extracurricular activities during the first semester to practice and build skills. In-person activities and sports conditioning will begin Oct. 5 with strict health and safety protocols in place. Participation in first-semester extracurricular programs is voluntary and does not guarantee team membership for the competition season that is set to begin in the second semester. While this schedule includes dates, those are subject to change based on state and local decisions. Athletics The guidelines are developed Read more…


Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) is planning for Phase 2 of the school system’s reopening plan. Phase 2 would allow for students in identified special groups to return to in-person instruction at school four days per week. Pending approval by the Board of Education and stability in health metrics, CCPS plans to begin Phase 2 on Nov. 9, 2020. Parents of students eligible to return to school in Phase 2 can opt to either send their child back to school for in-person learning, or choose for their child to continue online learning through StudentVue. Special groups of students eligible for Read more…


Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) is offering on-site virtual learning and device support help to families Sept. 21-22 at John Hanson Middle and J.C. Parks Elementary schools. Appointments are required. Help is open to any Charles County family with a child enrolled in CCPS.   Starting tomorrow, families can call 301-934-7213 to make an appointment. Families who speak Spanish can call 301-934-7404 to make an appointment. The deadline to make appointments is Monday, Sept. 21 at 4 p.m. Each appointment will last approximately 15 minutes.   The schedule is below. Anyone without an appointment will not be allowed to enter Read more…


New school year, new news team — NewsBreak, a program that highlights the achievements of Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) staff, students and system, welcomes back veteran anchor Brynna Bode, a Henry E. Lackey High School senior. Bode is joined this year by rookie newsreaders Emily Belson, a senior at Maurice J. McDonough High School; Chase Drewery, a North Point High School senior; Terrell McSears, a junior at St. Charles High School; Yachi Madaan, a Thomas Stone High School senior; Imani Tookes, a senior at Westlake High School; and Eric Valentine, a La Plata High School junior. The students auditioned Read more…

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