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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…

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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…

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Virginia McGraw, vice chairperson of the Board of Education of Charles County, was named the president of the Maryland Association of Boards of Education (MABE). A nonprofit dedicated to serving and supporting boards of education in Maryland, is made up of all 24 Maryland boards of education. “We have not had a president from Charles County representing the Maryland Boards of Education going back to the 1970s.” Board Chairperson Latina Wilson said. “It is with great pleasure to share this achievement with the public. It shows that our board members are actively engaged and trying to find ways to make Read more…

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The Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) Title I Thriving Threes and Me program is now open for registration. Parent workshops and learning groups will be held virtually and will continue to focus on family engagement. Similar to the 2020-21 school year, the program will not be a traditional full day of school for children. Activities and events will be held outside of school hours to accommodate children and their families. The program will begin in November and include the following activities:  Parent workshops. Learning groups. Materials and resources for families. Opportunities for parents of early learners to network with one another. The program is open to students living in a Title Read more…

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The Board of Education at its Oct. 12 meeting honored five Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) staff members for their commitment to the school system and student success. Each month, the Board honors staff members chosen by their school principals for recognition who demonstrate their dedication to teaching and learning. Honored by the Board on Oct. 12 were Elizabeth Simmons, Kimberly Gillum, Jessica Greenewald, Jeana Stanley and Dr. Beverly Hoy. Simmons is a fifth-grade teacher at C. Paul Barnhart Elementary School where she is committed to providing her students with high quality instruction coupled with the support needed for them Read more…

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The Board of Education at its Oct. 12 meeting honored five Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) students. School principals annually select one student and staff member for Board recognition. Students are honored for accomplishments in the areas of academic achievement, career readiness and personal responsibility. Honored by the Board Oct. 12 were Tyne Kidd of Henry E. Lackey High School; Trinity Nicholson of John Hanson Middle School; Jennifer Anyanwu of C. Paul Barnhart Elementary School; Jariel Liriano of Dr. Gustavus Brown Elementary School; and Andrew “A.J.” Benton of T.C. Martin Elementary School. At the Board meeting Kidd was recognized for Read more…

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Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) is hosting a virtual community meeting at 6 p.m. Nov. 1 focusing on Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) funding. The federal government has supported school districts around the country with supplemental funds for continued, if altered, operations under COVID-related restrictions and mitigation efforts. Three rounds of COVID relief funding have been authorized by U.S. Congress since the start of the pandemic. The rounds of funding are called the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief — also known as ESSER. Each round of ESSER funds have been authorized by separate legislative acts that the Read more…

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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…

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The Board of Education’s next regular meeting is 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 12. The Board will meet in person at the 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 in order to support social distancing in the boardroom. Visitors are required to wear a face mask and must check-in with staff at the main desk. Visitors will be seated in the back of the boardroom. If more Read more…

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Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) is hosting vaccination clinics for students in need of required vaccinations, including those for Tetanus, Diphtheria, Pertussis (Tdap) and meningitis (MCV). Three Charles County Department of Health vaccination clinics will be held later this month. The schedule is as follows: Oct. 11 — 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. — Westlake High School gymnasium, 3300 Middletown Road, Waldorf (this clinic is for Tdap and MCV vaccinations only). Oct. 20 — 8:30 a.m.-4:20 p.m. — Charles County Department of Health, 4545 Crain Highway, White Plains (all school required vaccinations will be available). Oct. 29 — 9 a.m.-4:50 p.m. — health Read more…

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