Author: Charles County Public Schools Press Releases


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…


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…


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…


Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) food and nutrition workers are handing out free meals to students who stop by 11 designated school sites around the county. “Our kids need to eat,” said Ruby Smith, food service manager at St. Charles High School, one of the sites where people can drive up to pick up meals for children 18 and younger. Children have to be present in order to receive meals. Starting Wednesday, between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., students can pick up three meals — lunch, dinner and breakfast for the following day. Breakfast includes cereal, crackers, milk and juice. Read more…


Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) will operate on a Code Red for employees Monday, March 16 to Wednesday, March 18. Code Red means that only essential employees will report for work March 16 to 18, including: The Superintendent and members of her operations team; Communications staff; Food and nutrition workers who are staffing the breakfast and lunch distribution sites; Payroll employees; Building service managers; Assistant building service managers; Building service workers; Maintenance staff; Security personnel; and Transportation supervisory staff. The school system will reassess the status daily as conditions change.  About CCPS Charles County Public Schools provides 27,521 students in Read more…


Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) is offering free meals for all children 18 and younger while the school system is closed through Friday, April 24.  The curbside distribution of breakfast packs and cold, bagged meals will take place at 11 sites: Henry E. Lackey High School; Maurice J. McDonough High School; St. Charles High School; Westlake High School; Milton M. Somers Middle School; Dr. Thomas L. Higdon Elementary School; Indian Head Elementary School; Mt. Hope/Nanjemoy Elementary School; Dr. Samuel A. Mudd Elementary School; J.C. Parks Elementary School; and J.P. Ryon Elementary School.  The outdoor distribution is 11 a.m. to 1 Read more…


The Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association (MPSSAA) announced Thursday afternoon that the boys and girls state basketball tournaments have been postponed. The organization did not announce make up dates. St. Charles High School boys’ basketball team was scheduled to play Atholton High School today at 3 p.m. at the University of Maryland, College Park. Westlake High School girls’ basketball team was set to play Pikesville High School on Friday at Towson University. About CCPS Charles County Public Schools provides 27,521 students in grades prekindergarten through 12 with an academically challenging education. Located in Southern Maryland, Charles County Public Schools Read more…


The Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association (MPSSAA), Towson University and the University of Maryland, College Park, announced last night that the St. Charles High School boys’ basketball game Thursday, March 12, at College Park and the Westlake High School girls’ basketball game at Towson on Friday, March 13, will be held in a closed gym format. Due to the closed gym format, there are restrictions on who can attend the games. Ticket refunds will be made to those who have purchased tickets online. The MPSSAA has teamed with NFHS Network to stream the games for a subscription fee. Watch the Read more…

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