Month: October 2020


Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) will begin Phase 2 on Monday, Nov. 9. In order for teachers to prepare for hybrid learning, instructional changes were made for the week starting Nov. 2. Outlined below are the changes and what they mean for CCPS students and virtual learning. Friday, Oct. 30: Last day for CCPS learning centers. This applies only to CCPS staff with children in a learning center. Monday, Nov. 2: All CCPS staff report to school and teachers work in their classrooms to prepare for student’s return in a hybrid setting. No live instruction for students. Students will have Read more…


The Board of Education is holding its first middle school redistricting meeting on Monday, Oct. 26 to provide information about the process of developing new middle school attendance zones. Staff members will explain the redistricting timeline, committee selection process, how alternatives will be created and provide opportunities for community input. The meeting is virtual through Zoom at 6 p.m. Oct. 26, and broadcast live at ccboe.com and on YouTube. A question/answer period will follow the presentation. The middle school redistricting committee has not yet developed alternatives or proposals. Committee work begins following the Oct. 26 public meeting. The redistricting committee’s Read more…


The Board of Education at its Oct. 13 meeting presented two resolutions to Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) students and staff. The following resolutions are presented annually: American Education Week; and American Freedom Week. CCPS recognizes American Education Week as Nov. 16-20. American Education Week highlights public education and honors those who make a difference to ensure children receive a quality education. American Education Week is sponsored by the National Education Association (NEA) and held annually the third week of November. Schools promote instructional activities among students to promote the importance of education and public schools. Ian Herd, student member Read more…


The Board of Education at its Oct. 13 meeting honored five Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) staff members for their commitment to the school system and student success. Each month, the Board honors staff members chosen by their school principals who demonstrate a commitment to teaching and learning. Safety guidelines currently in place to slow the spread of COVID-19 have altered the in-person format of Board meetings. Recognitions for October are pre-taped with principals offering recorded remarks that were shown during the livestream of the meeting. Honored were Traci Blakeley, Ronald Douglas II, Alexandra Eichel, Renee Hamilton and Stephanie Lloyd. Read more…


The Board of Education of Charles County at its Oct. 13 meeting honored five Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) students. Each school principal annually selects one student for Board recognition. Students are honored for accomplishments in one of three focal areas: academic achievement, career readiness or personal responsibility. The school closures in March 2020 caused CCPS to postpone student and staff recognitions during Board meetings until this month. Safety guidelines currently in place due to COVID-19 changed student and staff recognitions at Board meetings to a virtual format. The recognition ceremony featured video announcements by school principals, who introduced and Read more…


Today, the Board of Education voted 5-2 to enter Phase 2 of its reopening plan, which includes special populations of students to return to school starting Nov. 9. There are 3,218 students whose parents have indicated to Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) that their children will return to in-person learning in Phase 2. CCPS identified 7,256 students eligible to return in Phase 2, and provided parents a choice for in-person or virtual learning for their children. As part of the motion, the Board approved an amendment that the school system will notify a school community when it receives notification of Read more…


Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) high school principals conducted a 2021 graduation planning survey between Sept. 17-23 asking the Class of 2021, their parents and school staff to weigh in on ceremony options in the spring. The majority of the 2,805 respondents indicated, if health conditions permit, they would prefer a traditional over a virtual ceremony with an in-person option for the Class of 2021. The survey asked what graduation ceremony format respondents preferred and the number of guests they would like to invite. The majority of the CCPS Class of 2021 students and parents indicated they prefer a traditional Read more…


Thomas Stone High School was named a 2019 School of Excellence by the American College Application Campaign (ACAC) through the ACT Center for Equity in Learning.   The ACAC strives to increase the number of first-generation college students and students from low-income families pursuing a college degree and other higher education opportunities. The campaign selects School of Excellence award recipients based on student success, being an exemplary model for a state’s application campaign and timely submission of data, according to information provided by the ACAC. This is the first year for the ACAC School of Excellence awards and will become Read more…


The Board of Education’s next regular meeting is 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 13. The Board will meet in person at the Jesse L. Starkey Administration Building in La Plata. To maintain social distancing and safety guidelines currently in place, there is no public access to the Starkey building for this meeting. The meeting will stream live on the Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) website, www.ccboe.com and air on Comcast Channel 96 and Verizon Fios Channel 12. CCPS will rebroadcast the meeting as well as post it on CCPSTV under the Board meeting tab at ccboe.com. The Board is unable Read more…


The Education Association of Charles County (EACC) and Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) are collaborating to host a virtual town hall for employees from 4 to 6 p.m. this Wednesday, Oct. 7, through Zoom. The town hall is open to all CCPS staff members and will focus on health and safety as CCPS prepares to move into Phase 2 of the school system’s reopening plan. Staff from the Jesse L. Starkey Administration Building will provide a short presentation about health and safety and then answer employee questions through the chat feature. Linda McLaughlin, president of the Education Association of Charles Read more…

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