Month: March 2020


Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) has support resources available for students, parents and staff about the coronavirus (COVID-19). Resources on how to speak with children about COVID-19 are posted on the CCPS website at ccboe.com. The website includes fact sheets from the National Association of School Psychologists, resources for families of English Language Learners (ELL) and tips from the Child Mind Institute. Resources are posted here on the CCPS website. CCPS school psychologists are available for parents/guardians who have concerns about their children’s social, emotional and behavioral development. Call 240-776-5802 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Friday beginning Read more…


The College Board has canceled the May 2 SAT administration at Westlake High School. The March 28 make-up date has also been canceled. The exam cancellations are a result of the coronavirus (COVID-19). The April 4 ACT exam was canceled. The next ACT exam test date is Saturday, June 13. All students registered for the April 4 test date will receive an email from ACT in the next few days with instructions for free rescheduling to June 13 or a future national test date. Students with a canceled March SAT test date or were registered for the May 2 SAT Read more…


Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) food and nutrition workers are handing out free meals to students who stop by 11 designated school sites around the county. “Our kids need to eat,” said Ruby Smith, food service manager at St. Charles High School, one of the sites where people can drive up to pick up meals for children 18 and younger. Children have to be present in order to receive meals. Starting Wednesday, between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., students can pick up three meals — lunch, dinner and breakfast for the following day. Breakfast includes cereal, crackers, milk and juice. Read more…


A distance-learning website with resources for students to use from home is posted on the Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) website, ccboe.com. Click the Online Instructional Resources slide from the home page to access the materials. The direct link to the CCPS online distance learning website for students is https://collections.follettsoftware.com/collection/5e62a0d7f57469001214fef7. The site features three sections of content – elementary, middle and high – and includes 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 Read more…


Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) will operate on a Code Red for employees Monday, March 16 to Wednesday, March 18. Code Red means that only essential employees will report for work March 16 to 18, including: The Superintendent and members of her operations team; Communications staff; Food and nutrition workers who are staffing the breakfast and lunch distribution sites; Payroll employees; Building service managers; Assistant building service managers; Building service workers; Maintenance staff; Security personnel; and Transportation supervisory staff. The school system will reassess the status daily as conditions change.  About CCPS Charles County Public Schools provides 27,521 students in Read more…


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 Read more…


Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) has canceled several events due to the school closure in effect from March 16 through May 15. The following is a list of canceled events during the closure. Announcements of any make up activities or rescheduled events, as well as any newly canceled events, will be made as determined. Middle school track meets; Parent Advisory Committee meeting, April 30; CCASC meeting, May 1; May 2, SAT at Westlake; Prom for Henry E. Lackey High School students, May 2; AVID senior celebration, May 7; Title I DADvisory Council meeting, May 7; Prom for Thomas Stone High Read more…


Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) is offering free meals for all children 18 and younger while the school system is closed through Friday, April 24.  The curbside distribution of breakfast packs and cold, bagged meals will take place at 11 sites: Henry E. Lackey High School; Maurice J. McDonough High School; St. Charles High School; Westlake High School; Milton M. Somers Middle School; Dr. Thomas L. Higdon Elementary School; Indian Head Elementary School; Mt. Hope/Nanjemoy Elementary School; Dr. Samuel A. Mudd Elementary School; J.C. Parks Elementary School; and J.P. Ryon Elementary School.  The outdoor distribution is 11 a.m. to 1 Read more…


Due to the mandatory school closure announcement yesterday, the SAT exam set for tomorrow, March 14 at Westlake High School, is cancelled. The exam has been rescheduled to Saturday, March 28 at Westlake. Students must contact the College Board directly to update their registration. Students can change their test date using their online College Board account, or by calling 866-756-7346. Information about creating an online College Board account is posted here. Students who are registered for tomorrow’s exam at Westlake can take the SAT at another testing facility that is open and has availability. Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) encourages Read more…


Earlier today, the Maryland State Superintendent of Schools Dr. Karen Salmon announced the closure of all public schools in Maryland, including Charles County Public Schools (CCPS), effective Monday, March 16 to Friday, March 27. The decision was made as part of the state’s efforts to limit the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). Schools are open tomorrow, Friday, March 13. All CCPS afterschool and evening activities scheduled for tomorrow, Friday, March 13 are canceled. All CCPS activities, events and athletics are canceled during the two-week closure. “We have been planning for this possibility for the past few weeks, and will do Read more…

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