Author: Charles County Public Schools Press Releases


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) 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…


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…


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…


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…


Parents who live in Title I school zones with children who are 3 years old by Sept. 1 can apply for the Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) Thriving Threes and Me Early Learning Program. The application launches online Tuesday, Sept. 1 and children must meet certain criteria for program acceptance. The program features a two-generation approach, meaning parents participate in the program along with their child in order to help the child receive a strong educational foundation. The goal is to provide families with resources and skills to help their children achieve academic and personal success. The program starts for Read more…


Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) is preparing for the first day of school for students on Monday, Aug. 31, with the first weeks of school focused on students and staff reconnecting and building relationships. To aid with virtual learning, a family internet center at Henry E. Lackey High School will open starting Wednesday, Sept. 2, to provide a space for students who need access to WiFi. The study hall-type space will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday, in Lackey’s gym with desks socially distanced. Space is limited and must be reserved between 8:30 a.m. to Read more…


Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) is offering a back-to-school hotline for parents and students to call with questions about the start of the 2020-21 school year. The first day of school for CCPS students is Monday, Aug. 31. The hotline phone number is 301-932-6655 and available from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 27, Friday, Aug. 28, Monday, Aug. 31, and Tuesday, Sept. 1. Parents and students can also submit questions online using the AskCCPS help desk available on the school system website at www.ccboe.com. The Spanish hotline phone number is 240-523-3032. Staff manage the hotline Monday through Friday Read more…

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