To help students stay connected to school during a two-week closure, Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) has built a distance learning website with instructional resources. CCPS is closed Monday, March 16 through Friday, March 27. CCPS will post a link to the website at ccboe.com on Monday morning.
Parents of students who do not have access to technology or the internet can pick up resource packets at one of the eight food distribution sites open during the closure. Information about food distribution sites is posted on the CCPS website at https://www.ccboe.com/pr/free-breakfast-lunch-available-for-children-during-closure/.
The food distribution sites are open 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the following schools:
- Henry E. Lackey High School;
- Maurice J. McDonough High School;
- St. Charles High School;
- Westlake High School;
- Milton M. Somers Middle School;
- Indian Head Elementary School;
- Mt. Hope/Nanjemoy Elementary School; and
- J.P. Ryon Elementary School.
Students are not required by CCPS to complete any of the resources during the closure. Any work completed at home will not be graded or recorded for a grade.
“It is important for children to be engaged in reading, writing, math and science activities as frequently as possible. Our goal in providing a distance-learning website during the closure is to help students retain important skills necessary to stay on track with their studies,” Joan Withers, director of instructional programs for CCPS, said.
The site will feature three menus – elementary, middle and high – and include appropriate resources by grade level. All of the provided resources are free, but some require a student to enter his or her CCPS-issued Microsoft 365 user name and password.
A student’s user name is their student ID, followed by @ccboe.com. For example, firstname.lastname@example.org. Today, schools provided students with paper copies of their student ID and password information. Parents can also call the CCPS Office of Accountability at 301-934-7395 during the closure to request the information.
Resources are available on the distance-learning website for students who have disabilities or receive additional learning accommodations, such as English as a Second Language (ESOL) services. The distance-learning website also features a general resources area with video tutorials for students and parents.
The third marking period is set to end on March 24, with the fourth marking period starting on March 25. CCPS will adjust marking period dates accordingly after the closure ends. Staff continue to work with the Maryland State Department of Education, as well as the state and local health departments, to monitor coronavirus and additional school system schedule changes.
All CCPS schools, buildings and facilities are closed to the public March 16 through 27; however, staff are available by phone during the closure at 301-932-6610.
CCPS will provide updates to parents and staff by email and on the system website at https://www.ccboe.com/index.php/coronavirus-information.
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 has 37 schools that offer a technologically advanced, progressive and high quality education that builds character, equips for leadership and prepares students for life, careers and higher education.
The Charles County public school system does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age or disability in its programs, activities or employment practices. For inquiries, please contact Kathy Kiessling, Title IX/ADA/Section 504 Coordinator (students) or Nikial Majors, Title IX/ADA/Section 504 coordinator (employees/ adults), at Charles County Public Schools, Jesse L. Starkey Administration Building, P.O. Box 2770, La Plata, MD 20646; 301-932-6610/301-870-3814. For special accommodations call 301-934-7230 or TDD 1-800-735-2258 two weeks prior to the event.