Author: Charles County Public Schools Press Releases


Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) has experienced a recent increase of positive COVID-19 reports among students and staff. The increase is not specific to the school system, as the Charles County Department of Health is also reporting increased data for the county as a whole.  Below are several important COVID-19 operational updates. In recent weeks, CCPS has consulted with the health department about the increase of COVID-19 cases at specific schools including Theodore G. Davis and Milton M. Somers middle schools, and St. Charles and Westlake high schools. Each of these schools recently experienced a grade-level quarantine for students or Read more…


In consultation with the Charles County Department of Health, Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) has closed two high schools to students for in-person learning next week. Starting Monday, Dec. 20, through Wednesday, Dec. 22, St. Charles and Westlake high schools are closed to students for in-person learning. Students who attend these two CCPS high schools will participate in virtual learning. Staff and teachers at the schools will report to the building Dec. 20-22. Parents of students at St. Charles and Westlake will receive further information by email from their school principals. All other schools are open for in-person instruction next Read more…


The Board of Education of Charles County met Dec. 14, 2021, for its regular meeting. A meeting agenda is posted on Board Docs here. Board meetings are streamed live at www.ccboe.com and archived on the Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) YouTube page at https://www.youtube.com/c/ccpsmd/videos.  The following are important meeting updates. Superintendent update Superintendent Maria Navarro updated the Board on mental health supports in place for students and families. She also updated the Board on recent communications shared with parents about monitoring their child’s social media access and use. Read the complete report here. Equal Opportunity Schools Deputy Superintendent of Schools Kevin Lowndes provided an update Read more…


Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) is seeking input from students, parents and staff to develop the next systemwide strategic plan. Staff developed three stakeholder surveys: one for parents, one for staff and one for students in Grades 4-12. Links for each survey are below. Parent Survey. Staff Survey. Student Survey (Grades 4-12). Survey takers should complete the survey that describes their role with CCPS. CCPS staff members who are the parent of a CCPS student are encouraged to complete both the staff and parent surveys. Deadline for all survey feedback is 11:59 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2022. The Board of Read more…


The It’s Academic team from Maurice J. McDonough High School earned the top spot in this year’s local event held Dec. 8 at North Point High School. The team of captain Samuel Chernoff, Nicholas Long and Julie Perriello scored 350 points to earn first place. This is the first time in 15 years that the It’s Academic team from McDonough has earned first place at the county level. Coming in second place was the team from La Plata High School with 300 points followed by North Point High School in third place with 210 points. As the county winner, the Read more…


The Board of Education’s next regular meeting is 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 14. The Board will meet in person at the Jesse L. Starkey Administration Building. The Starkey Building is located at 5980 Radio Station Road in La Plata. The meeting is open to the public. However, the Board is limiting the number of in-person attendees to the first five arrivals in order to support social distancing in the boardroom. Visitors are required to wear a face mask and must check in with staff at the main desk. Visitors will be seated in the back of the boardroom. If Read more…


All Charles County public schools, buildings and administrative offices are closed Thursday, Dec. 23, through Friday, Dec. 31, for winter break. The closure includes the Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) Jesse L. Starkey Administration Building. Schools, offices and buildings reopen on Monday, Jan. 3, 2022, as noted in the Parent Handbook/Calendar. During winter break, some CCPS high schools may have athletic events such as games or practices planned during the day. These events will occur as planned. A list of planned athletic competitions for December is posted online at www.smacathletics.org. Additionally, the indoor pools at Henry E. Lackey and North Read more…


Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) is distributing individual reports this week for students who took i-Ready program assessments earlier this fall. Reports will be sent home with students this week starting on Wednesday, Dec. 1. Students who took i-Ready assessments include the following. Students in Grades 1-8 participated in both a reading and math assessment. High school students enrolled in Algebra I this year completed the math assessment. High school students taking English I-A this year completed the reading assessment. No other students will receive i-Ready data reports this week. CCPS implemented i-Ready, a new diagnostic assessment program, this school Read more…


Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) has partnered with the Charles County Department of Health to host free COVID-19 vaccine clinics for children ages 5 and older at area schools. Registration for the below clinics is available at https://charlescountycovid.org/vaccine-registration/. The clinics will offer the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine and take place in either the listed school’s gymnasium or cafeteria. CCPS does not require any student or staff member to be vaccinated for COVID-19. Families can register children ages 5 and older for the following clinics. Tuesday, Nov. 30, 5 to 7:30 p.m., Mt. Hope/Nanjemoy Elementary School, 9275 Ironsides Road, Nanjemoy, MD 20662 Read more…


Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) is partnering with the Charles County Sheriff’s Office and a safety technology company, BusPatrol, to support a new school bus safety program in Charles County. The program provides external cameras on school buses to deter drivers from illegally passing stopped school buses. Through the partnership, all Charles County school buses will be equipped with external stop-arm safety cameras that provide a 360-degree view of the bus. This includes interior, windshield, rearview and sideload camera views, which also provide a visual of students boarding and exiting the bus. The technology also supports GPS route data, as Read more…

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