Month: September 2020


James Ball, a longtime art teacher, mentor and coach with Charles County Public Schools (CCPS), is one of seven finalists in the 2020 Maryland Teacher of the Year award program. A veteran teacher with 26 years of teaching experience with CCPS, Ball is Charles County’s first state award finalist in more than a decade. The designation of Charles County Public Schools 2020 Teacher of the Year, and now as a state finalist, is fitting for Ball who grew up in the community in which he teaches. It was at La Plata High School that Ball met Joseph Troy, a retired Read more…


The Charles County College Fair is traditionally the first field trip of the school year for Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) high school juniors and seniors. They visit the convocation center at North Point High School to talk to representatives of colleges and universities, the military and trade schools about “life after high school plans.” Like so much this year, things are going to work a little differently this go around. The 23rd annual Charles County College Fair is Wednesday, Sept. 16, and will be held virtually. CCPS students and parents will connect live with admissions representatives through video conferencing Read more…


As it did over summer and throughout the school closure last spring, Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) is providing free meals to children ages 2 to 18 through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Summer Food Service Program (SFSP). In anticipation of the waiver, students’ accounts have not been charged. The SFSP will be used through the end of the 2020-21 school year. A cold breakfast and lunch will be provided to children each school day, including Wednesdays with no contact service available at all sites. Meals can be picked up from a table by those who walk to the Read more…


Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) is offering a meal program for Charles County children that delivers free, grab-and-go meals by school bus to select neighborhoods starting Wednesday, Sept. 9. Meals will be available from 11:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. at the Wakefield Community Center at 2002 Nantucket Drive in Waldorf; Arthur Middleton Elementary School at 1109 Copley Ave. in Waldorf from noon to 12:30 p.m.; and from 12:20 to 12:50 p.m. at Smallwood Village Shopping Center, near Safeway, at 10 King St. in Waldorf. The meals are free to children ages 2 to 18. Parents picking up meals without a Read more…


New Zoom log-in step Starting Thursday, Sept. 3, Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) students will have to log in to Zoom when joining their first scheduled class. In StudentVue, students can join a class under their scheduled meetings or by clicking the Calendar tab and selecting the Join Now button next to the meeting. When they click the Join Now button for their first meeting, a Zoom log-in page will appear. Students will need to follow the steps below to verify their Zoom account. Click on the Sign In with SSO button. Select ccboe as the domain. Enter their email Read more…


Parents of Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) students can request to opt their child out of virtual instruction. Parents must complete the application linked below. The application closes at midnight on Friday, Sept. 4. Click here to complete the application. Requests will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Parents cannot request a mix of online learning and recorded instruction. The application also was provided to parents by email last month. School principals will receive a list of students approved for recorded instruction. Teachers will record lessons and share with students in individual StudentVue accounts. Recorded lessons are shared by teachers Read more…


Classes might be starting out as virtual this year, but state law still requires students to have minimum immunization levels to attend school. Vaccine requirements vary depending on the age and grade of a student, and include DPT, polio, measles, mumps, rubella, chickenpox, hepatitis B, Hib, Prevnar, Tdap and meningococcal. To see a chart of required vaccines, click here.  Students can attend school without completed immunizations, but parents have to show proof of a doctor’s or clinic appointment within 20 calendar days from the first day of school, Aug. 31 — meaning the appointment must be on or before Sept. Read more…


The Board of Education’s next regular meeting is 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 8. The Board will meet in person at the Jesse L. Starkey Administration Building in La Plata. In order to maintain social distancing and safety guidelines in place, there is no public access to the Starkey Building for this meeting. The meeting will stream live on the Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) website, www.ccboe.com and air on Comcast Channel 96 and Verizon FiOS Channel 12. CCPS will rebroadcast the meeting as well as post it on CCPSTV under the Board meeting tab at ccboe.com. The Board is Read more…


A family internet center at Mt. Hope/Nanjemoy Elementary School will open Thursday to aid students in virtual learning. The Mt. Hope location joins one at Henry E. Lackey High School as an internet center focused on providing WiFi to students in need of the resource to complete their schoolwork. The Lackey location opens Wednesday, Sept. 2, with Mt. Hope’s center opening on Thursday, Sept. 3. The study hall-type spaces are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday, in Lackey’s gym and the gym/cafeteria of Mt. Hope. Desks will be socially distanced with families able to sit together. Read more…

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