Charles County Public Schools is changing the starting and ending times for the F.B. Gwynn Educational Center to increase instructional time and decrease students’ time on the bus.
The hours for the Gwynn Center are being shifted to a later schedule for the coming school year, with the center opening almost two hours later than currently scheduled.
The start and end times for students change to 9:15 a.m. to 3:45 p.m., beginning Aug. 25, 2014.
Amy Hollstein, assistant superintendent of instruction, said the time change provides 15 more minutes of instruction daily, resulting in a 75-minute weekly academic gain for students. Additionally, the bus schedule reduces riding time for some children and allows Gwynn students to ride on buses with students closer to their own ages.
The Gwynn Center, which is located in La Plata, houses several special education programs for students with disabilities. Programs located at Gwynn include:
- The STAY Program, which offers positive behavioral and academic support for special and general education students who have not responded to traditional behavioral interventions.
- The Autism Program, which encompasses identification, assessment and program planning for students who are suspected of falling within the autism spectrum. The Multiple Intensity Teaching (MIT) classrooms are located at the Gwynn Center and consist of behavioral, social and academic instruction.
- The Charles County Infants and Toddlers program, which is an inter-agency program that provides early intervention services to infants and toddlers, birth to 3 years of age who may be delayed in development or have disabilities.
The Gwynn Center is in the process of notifying staff, students and parents of the time changes for next year.
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 35 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, age or disability in its programs, activities or employment practices. For inquiries, please contact Dr. Patricia Vaira, Title IX Coordinator and Section 504 Coordinator (students) Pamela Murphy, Section 504 Coordinator (employees/adults), at Charles County Public Schools, central office building, P.O. Box 2770, La Plata, Maryland 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.