Charles County Public Schools will close for several days this month as part of its winter break schedule. Winter break for all schools, centers and administrative offices begins Monday, Dec. 24, 2012, through Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013. The school system resumes normal operating hours on Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013.

There is a two-hour early dismissal for students on Friday, Dec. 21. There will be no Three's program and afternoon prekindergarten students have class that day.

For the most up-to-date calendar information, and to view the official schedule for Charles County Public Schools, visit the school system website at www.ccboe.com, and view the 2012-13 Parent Handbook/Calendar.

Charles County Public Schools provides 26,700 students in grades prekindergarten through 12 with an academically challenging education. Located in Southern Maryland, Charles County Public Schools has 35 caring community 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), or Connie W. Armstead, Section 504 Coordinator (employees/adults), at Charles County Public Schools, Jesse L. Starkey Administration Building, P.O. Box 2770, La Plata, Maryland 20646; (301) 932-6610/870-3814. For special accommodations call (301) 934-7230 or TDD 1-800-735-2258 two weeks prior to the event.