The 2017-18 school year officially begins on Tuesday, Sept. 5 for Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) students in grades kindergarten through 12. More than 26,000 students will board school buses, walk to school or be dropped off by parents and daycare vans to start the new school year. The system’s youngest learners – students in the three-year-old and prekindergarten programs –start their new school year adventure on Tuesday, Sept. 12.
Schools have staff available to register children for the upcoming school year. Call the school in which your child is zoned to attend to find out if there are specific registration dates and times. Parents will need the following information to register a child for school:
- A physical examination by a physician or a certified nurse practitioner (completed between nine months prior to and six months after entering school).
- Proof of required immunizations – a list of required student immunizations is posted on the CCPS website at http://www.ccboe.com/ss/immunizations/.
- Proof that the student has completed the prior grade to the one in which the parent is seeking enrollment, such as a report card marked promoted.
- Birth certificate or other acceptable proof of birth (passport/visa, physician’s certificate, baptismal or church certification, hospital certification or birth registration).
- Two proofs of residence. CCPS has guidelines regarding acceptable proofs of residence. Visit the school system website at http://www.ccboe.com/ss/how-to-register/ for a complete list.
Make sure your child’s vaccination records are up-to-date
Maryland law requires students to have minimum immunization levels to attend school. Required vaccines depend on the age and grade level of the child and include DPT, polio, measles, mumps, rubella, chickenpox, hepatitis B, Hib, Prevnar, Tdap and meningococcal. For the 2017-18 school year, all students in kindergarten, first-, second-, and third-grades are required to have two doses of the varicella, or chickenpox, vaccine. All seventh and eighth graders, as well as high school freshmen and sophomores, must have a Tdap and meningococcal vaccine. Students can receive all required vaccines at their physician’s office.
Students can be admitted to school without completed immunizations, but parents have to show proof of an appointment occurring within 20 calendar days. The Charles County Department of Health is holding vaccine clinics for children. Visit http://www.ccboe.com/pr/health-department-hosting-vaccination-clinics/ to read about the clinics. Questions about vaccines can be directed to the school nurse or your child’s family physician.
What bus does my child ride?
The school system is sponsoring a bus hotline for parents to call with questions about bus routes. Call 301-932-6655 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Aug. 31-Sept. 1, and 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sept. 5-6 to reach the hotline. Bus route information is available on the CCPS website through the School Locator app, http://schoollocator.ccboe.com/.
New gradebook, YouVue
New this school year is an online gradebook program for parents, students and teachers to track academic progress, attendance, class assignments and more. CCPS is launching YouVue, a program that replaces the Edline gradebook as well as an aging student information system formerly used by CCPS for nearly 40 years. YouVue includes parent access, called ParentVue, student access, or StudentVue, and teacher access, called TeacherVue.
Account activation letters for parents will be available at schools the week of Aug. 29. Parents can pick up their letters during orientations set for that week and must provide photo identification. The system will be live for parent access later this month. Visit http://www.ccboe.com/pr/system-launches-new-online-integrated-gradebook-and-student-information-system/ for more details on YouVue.
Receive text message updates
CCPS will now use text messages as part of systemwide and school notifications. Recipients must opt-in to receive text alerts. On Oct. 1, parents and staff will receive an opt-in text message from CCPS through a new School Messenger notification tool. To opt-in, users must text YES or Y to 67587. Text STOP to 67587 at any time to stop receiving text message alerts from CCPS. Standard text message rates by cell phone carriers apply.
The School Messenger notification system uses contact data from the CCPS student information system. Parents and guardians who want to opt-in for text messages should list a cell phone number on their child’s emergency notification card, distributed to all students on the first day of school. Parents should provide a working phone number and valid email address on the emergency card in order to receive important updates. Additionally, parents should notify their child’s school of any changes to contact information during the school year.
Plan your year with our Parent Handbook/Calendar
The 2017-18 CCPS Parent Handbook/Calendar is available online at http://www.ccboe.com/aboutus/calendar/201718CCPSCalendar.pdf. Students and staff will receive a copy the first week of school.
High school athletes can register online
CCPS has a new online registration system for high school student athletes. Visit http://www.ccboe.com/Departments/athletics/index.php and click on the link for your child’s school. All athletes must have a completed physical form reviewed and approved by their athletic director prior to practicing or playing. The form is posted on the athletics page on the CCPS website.
Meet your child’s teacher
Orientations and back-to-school events are planned for later this month and September. A complete listing of both open houses and orientations for schools and centers is posted under the In the News section of the CCPS website. A direct link to the orientation list is http://www.ccboe.com/pr/schools-plan-orientation-events-for-parents-students-2/. The open house schedule is available at http://www.ccboe.com/pr/open-houses-planned-for-schools-centers-2/.
No changes in meal prices this year
Breakfast and lunch prices remain the same this year for CCPS students. At the elementary-school level, breakfast is $1.25 and lunch is $2.65. At the middle- and high-school levels, breakfast is $1.40 and lunch is $2.90. Meal selections and offerings are posted online at http://ccboe.nutrislice.com/.
CCPS uses a cafeteria prepayment system called MyPaymentsPlus, which is a secure, web-based system that allows parents to deposit funds electronically to their child’s cafeteria account. Visit https://www2.mypaymentsplus.com/ to sign up for or access your account.
New temporary home for Dr. Mudd students
For students who attend Dr. Samuel A. Mudd Elementary School, their new school year starts in a new building. The Mudd campus located on Stone Avenue in Waldorf is undergoing renovations projected to be complete in 2019. Mudd students will start school on Sept. 5 in a transition school located near the campuses of J.P. Ryon Elementary and John Hanson Middle schools. The transition school features traditional classrooms, a gymnasium, cafeteria, playground and more. Hours for Mudd students are 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The transition school is located at 3155 John Hanson Drive in Waldorf. Call 301-885-0032 or 301-753-2087 to reach school staff.
New start, end times for Ryon staff and students
Start and end times for J.P. Ryon Elementary School students and staff were moved by 10 minutes this school year. School begins for Ryon students at 9:30 a.m. and the school day ends at 4 p.m. This is a 10-minute change from last school year. The change is to accommodate additional traffic expected from the opening of the transition school.
Construction continues at Billingsley Elementary School
Construction crews are working daily at the Billingsley Elementary School site. The school site is located off Billingsley Road in White Plains. Billingsley Elementary is scheduled to open at the start of the 2018-19 school year. Construction progress so far includes the start of the school foundation, the laying of electrical and plumbing wiring, landscaping aspects of the surrounding forest areas and playing fields. Follow us on Facebook at Charles County Board of Education or @ccps on Twitter for construction updates. Earlier this year, Sabrina Robinson-Taylor, principal at Walter J. Mitchell Elementary School, was named principal of Billingsley. She will begin administrative duties at Billingsley in January. Nicholas Adam, vice principal at William A. Diggs Elementary School, will take over as principal at Mitchell in January.
Share your back to school photos
Help us celebrate the new school year by sharing your best back to school photos. Send us your photos to firstname.lastname@example.org for inclusion in our online photo gallery and CCPS social media sites. Tag us in your social media posts with #btsccps17.
Continued focus on safe driving awareness
As part of the school system’s continued focus on safety for students, school resource officers at each of Charles County’s seven public high schools are helping to launch the “We Care” program on Thursday, Sept. 7. The program is a safe driving initiative for teens by teens with guidance from the Charles County Sheriff’s Office and CCPS. School resource officers will be at each high school Sept. 7 to distribute safety flyers to all student drivers. Superintendent of Schools Kimberly Hill and Sheriff Troy Berry will greet Westlake High School student drivers as they arrive at school on Sept. 7.
Charles County Public Schools provides 26,400 students in grades prekindergarten through 12 with an academically challenging education. Located in Southern Maryland, Charles County Public Schools has 36 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 Dr. Patricia Vaira, Title IX/ADA/Section 504 Coordinator (students) or Marvin L. Jones, 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.