Month: July 2021


Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) high school juniors and seniors can audition virtually to be an anchor for NewsBreak, the television program that features news on what’s happening around the school system. Virtual auditions via Zoom will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Aug. 16 through 19. To try out, students can email ccpstv96@ccboe.com to request an audition time and date. In the request, students should include a contact phone number and an email (if different from the one used to set the audition.) For the auditions and during tapings, anchors must follow a professional dress code — students should dress as if going Read more…


Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) has updated its face mask use requirements for all staff, students and visitors to schools, buildings, centers and all other CCPS facilities. Effective Friday, July 30, 2021, mask use is now required for anyone inside a CCPS building. This applies to everyone, including individuals already vaccinated against COVID-19. As CCPS prepares for the reopening of schools on Aug. 30, the mask mandate is in effect until further notice. Masks are also required on CCPS transportation for bus drivers, attendants and any student using CCPS bus services. Since the start of the pandemic, CCPS has worked Read more…


Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) has released orientation and meet and greet schedules for the 2021-2022 school year. Listed below are orientation dates and times, and other activities for schools. Specific questions about orientation events should be directed to individual schools. Elementary Schools C. Paul Barnhart, meet and greet, Aug. 26, 2 to 4 p.m. Berry, prekindergarten and kindergarten students, Aug. 19, 9 to 11 a.m., and Aug. 20, 9 to 11 a.m. Berry, meet and greet all grades, Aug. 26, 3 to 4 p.m. Billingsley, meet and greet for students with last names beginning with A-L, Aug. 25, 3 Read more…


Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) Superintendent Maria Navarro, Ed.D., is hosting two meet-and-greet events next week for the community. The meet-and-greet events are open to parents, students, CCPS staff and community members interested in learning more about Navarro and her plans for CCPS. The format will follow a question and answer period and include time for discussion. Navarro is hosting a virtual meet and greet at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 3, through Zoom. Registration is required and limited to the first 300 registrants. Participants must have an active Zoom account to join the event. Interested community members can click Read more…


The Board of Education of Charles County is looking for applications from county residents interested in serving on the Charles County Board of Education Ethics Panel. There is one opening on the five-member panel, and the selected applicant will begin a term immediately that expires July 1, 2022. The ethics panel interprets ethics regulations and provides advisory opinions to Board members and employees subject to the regulations. The ethics panel is appointed every four years prior to the election of Board of Education members. The opening is to fill a recent vacancy on the current panel. The panel reviews complaints Read more…


Charles County families with children who are 3, 4 and/or 5 can take part in virtual family engagement Workshop Wednesdays through the Summer Virtual Learning Launch. Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) staff designed the workshops for parents and children to participate together on July 21 and 28, and Aug. 4. Registered participants will receive a link to join the workshops and will get information on picking up a bag of materials to use during the meetings. Each workshop will last about 40 minutes and space is limited. The schedule is as follows: From Playing to Learning — 10:30 a.m. or Read more…


Maria Navarro, Ed.D., superintendent of Charles County Public Schools (CCPS), announced her first administrative appointment today, naming Kevin E. Lowndes as deputy superintendent of CCPS. Lowndes is the current associate superintendent in the office of special education for Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS). The Board of Education met today and in a unanimous vote approved the appointment of Lowndes, who begins his role as deputy superintendent of CCPS Aug. 16. Lowndes has nearly 30 years of school and central office management experience. Navarro said she is excited for Lowndes to join CCPS and her leadership team. “Mr. Lowndes brings to Read more…


The Board of Education is holding an executive session at 6 p.m., Monday, July 12, at the Jesse L. Starkey Administration Building. The Starkey Building is located at 5980 Radio Station Road in La Plata. Executive sessions are closed to the public as permitted by the Maryland Open Meetings Act, Sections 3-305 and 3-103 of the General Provisions Article.  The Board will also meet in open session at 6:15 p.m. to take action on a personnel recommendation from Superintendent of Schools Maria V. Navarro. The open session will stream live on the Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) website, www.ccboe.com. CCPS Read more…


The Charles County Department of Health is partnering with Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) to host free pop-up COVID-19 vaccination clinics this summer. The clinics will be held outdoors in school parking lots during the curbside meal site hours of 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Vaccine availability includes the Pfizer vaccine, which is available for children ages 12 and older, and adults. Children receiving a vaccine must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Parents and guardians should bring photo identification to the clinic. The health department does not require identification for minors; however, parents can bring a copy of Read more…


All Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) students will receive free breakfast and lunch during the 2021-2022 school year. Earlier this year, the U.S. Department of Agriculture extended a waiver to provide free meals for children at school until next June. The first day of the 2021-2022 school year for students is Monday, Aug. 30. Meal offerings will include standard breakfast and lunch items such as cereal, milk, juice and fruit. Returning to the menu for the school year are hot food items such as chicken tenders, pizza and pancakes. CCPS posts daily menu options for students on its website, ccboe.com. Read more…

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