Author: Charles County Public Schools Press Releases


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…


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…


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 Dec. 31. 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 sites, while drivers should remain 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…


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…


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…


Twelve seniors finished their high school coursework requirements and graduated from Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) Aug. 6 during summer commencement exercises at the Robert D. Stethem Educational Center. The ceremony was virtual; however students, following safety protocols, were able to walk across the center’s stage and accepted their diploma from Principal Curry Werkheiser. Representing five high schools, the graduates wore caps and gowns in their respective schools’ colors. The virtual summer graduation featured Marvin Jones, executive director of schools, as the guest speaker, and included messages from Superintendent Kimberly Hill and members of the Board of Education. Jones said Read more…


  Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) held New Teacher Orientation Aug. 17 to 19 — a three-day hybrid of virtual and in-person trainings. Topics covered an analysis of standards, curriculum and instructional resources, classroom management in a virtual world and training on Synergy, the student management system. Other trainings targeted each grade, subject or educational program. CCPS has hired 149 new teachers for this school year. The school system has 33 teaching positions open as of mid-August.   This school year will start unlike any other in the history of CCPS. Students return to school on Aug. 31, without physically Read more…

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