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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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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Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) is offering on-site registration assistance for families this month. From now until July 30, families who need help registering a child for elementary school can visit one of four schools for in-person registration help. Parents can call the following school sites between the hours of 8 a.m. to noon, Monday through Friday, to request help by phone or make an appointment to visit the school in person. Parents should contact the registration site listed for the school their child will attend in the fall. Spanish-speaking families in need of registration help can call the International Read more…

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Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) employees with careers that span a period of 40, 35, 30 and 25 years were recognized for their years of service to the school system and commitment to education. Jill Jowdy-Morrow, the physical education teacher at Dr. Thomas L. Higdon Elementary School, has worked for CCPS for 41 years. She started as a long-term substitute at La Plata High School teaching physical education and coaching a varsity field hockey team — “Which I didn’t quite know how to coach,” she said. “It was a good group of girls, and I just followed their lead.” In Read more…

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The Maryland Department of Health (MDH) released updated guidance that takes effect today, July 1, regarding the use of face masks. The guidance includes information about the federal order in place that requires anyone using public transportation, including school buses, to continue wearing a face mask. Any Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) bus driver, attendant, staff member or student using school system transportation is required to wear a cloth face mask. CCPS will follow the order requiring face masks on public transportation until further notified by federal, state and local partner agencies. Bus drivers who are alone on a CCPS Read more…

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