Author: Charles County Public Schools Press Releases


  The Board of Education on Oct. 25 authorized Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) to negotiate a four percent cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) with the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) union. Members of the CCPS negotiating team met with AFSCME leaders yesterday and the adjustment was approved through a memorandum of understanding. The adjustment is effective with the Dec. 10 pay period. The cost to CCPS for the adjustment is about $1.5 million. It is a one-time cost outside of the current fiscal year budget. The cost will be addressed as a reoccurring cost in future budget Read more…


Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) is experiencing interruptions in school bus services. For the past two school days, about 25 percent of the CCPS contracted school buses were not in operation on Charles County roads. This has led CCPS to ask parents and families to make back-up or alternative arrangements for their children to get to and from school. CCPS contracts with 26 independently owned bus companies with contractors who provide bus services for the school system. There are 280 buses that service a total of 718 routes in Charles County, as well as provide for out-of-county transportation of students Read more…


The Board of Education of Charles County and Superintendent of Schools Maria Navarro will meet 9 to 11 a.m., Monday, Oct. 25, in the boardroom at the Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) Jesse L. Starkey Administration Building with members of the Southern Maryland delegation and the Charles County Commissioners. The meeting will stream live on the CCPS website, ccboe.com, and the school system’s YouTube channel, https://www.youtube.com/c/ccpsmd. The following is a tentative agenda and subject to change. Call to order – 9 a.m. Meeting agenda overview Welcome and introductions Purpose of meeting Workforce challenges The Blueprint for Maryland’s Future 2022 legislative Read more…


The Board of Education of Charles County is holding a 6 p.m. work session on Monday, Oct. 25, in the boardroom at the Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) Jesse L. Starkey Administration Building. The Starkey Building is located at 5980 Radio Station Road in La Plata. The meeting is open to the public. However, the Board is limiting the number of in-person attendees to the first five arrivals to support social distancing in the boardroom. Visitors are required to wear a face mask and will be seated in the back of the boardroom. If more than five visitors come to Read more…


The Board of Education of Charles County met Oct. 12, 2021, for its regular meeting. A complete meeting agenda is posted on Board Docs here. Board meetings are streamed live at ccboe.com, and archived on the Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) YouTube page at https://www.youtube.com/c/ccpsmd/featured. Important meeting updates COVID-19 update Superintendent Maria Navarro and Charles County Health Officer Dr. Dianna Abney provided a COVID-19 update, and how CCPS is focusing on keeping students and staff safe in schools. The presentation included COVID-19 case data about CCPS students and staff, quarantine processes in place, county COVID-19 and vaccine data, and the Read more…


Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) will be closed on Friday, Nov. 12, for all students, teachers and school system staff. The Board of Education at its Oct. 12 meeting unanimously voted to change the 2021-2022 school year calendar and close CCPS on Nov. 12. Schools, centers, buildings and all CCPS offices will be closed on Friday, Nov. 12. Schools are already closed for students only on Thursday, Nov. 11, for teacher professional development and planning.  The Board’s vote to close Nov. 12 shifts the last day of school for students by one day to Thursday, June 16.  The last day Read more…


Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) has expanded COVID-19 screening requirements to students in Grades 7-12 who participate in CCPS-sponsored extracurricular activities. The expansion is effective immediately for high school students who participate in school marching bands. Starting Monday, Oct. 25, students in Grades 7-12 who participate in specific extracurricular activities must provide proof of having been fully COVID-19 vaccinated (completion of the vaccine series, plus 14 days) or participate in the free CCPS COVID-19 weekly screening program. This is the same requirement already in place for CCPS high school student athletes. Parents will need to complete a brief one-time registration Read more…


Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) offers free weekly COVID-19 preventative screenings for students and staff. To participate, parents and staff must complete a one-time registration with the state health department contractor, 20/20 GeneSystems. Click here to access the registration portal. The test used is an anterior nasal swab PCR test. Results are provided to parents and staff in the portal within 48 hours. Users can sign up for email notifications. Only positive results are shared confidentially with the CCPS Office of School Safety and Security for follow up to ensure sick students or staff are not coming to schools. Testing Read more…


Enrollment in both Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) virtual learning programs is now complete. This includes the kindergarten through Grade 8 virtual option, as well as the high school Virtual Academy program. Both opportunities were offered to CCPS families this school year. The kindergarten through Grade 8 virtual program included 450 spaces, with 50 spaces per grade level. Virtual Academy is for students in Grades 9-12. Eligible students for both programs met minimum criteria to apply. Applications for Virtual Academy and students on the waitlist for the kindergarten through Grade 8 virtual program are no longer being accepted.   Classes Read more…


Superintendent of Schools Maria V. Navarro, Ed.D. presented her middle school redistricting recommendation to the Board of Education at its Sept. 14 meeting, suggesting Proposal A with no modifications. The middle school redistricting process is comprehensive and focuses on expanding the attendance zone at Benjamin Stoddert Middle School. Stoddert is undergoing a complete renovation and expansion that will increase the state rated capacity for students from 711 to 975. In a presentation to the Board, Assistant Superintendent of Supporting Services Michael Heim said the recommendation moves a smaller number of current Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) students and better balances Read more…

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