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Due to the inclement weather forecast, Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) will operate on a code red for Friday, Jan. 7, 2022. Schools and offices are closed tomorrow and there will be no virtual instruction for students. During a code red, only essential CCPS staff report to work. Visit the CCPS website at www.ccboe.com for the most up-to-date information.  The Charles County public school system does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age or disability in its programs, activities or employment practices. For inquiries, please contact Kathy Kiessling, Title IX/ADA/Section 504 Coordinator (students) Read more…

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Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) is operating on a one-hour delay for staff today, Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2022. The one-hour delay applies to all CCPS staff (except for essential staff). Virtual instruction for students will begin today but will start three hours late. Meal sites at Henry E. Lackey High School, Mt. Hope/Nanjemoy Elementary School and J.C. Parks Elementary School are closed today. The Charles County public school system does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age or disability in its programs, activities or employment practices. For inquiries, please contact Read more…

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The Board of Education’s next regular meeting is 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 11. 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 more Read more…

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Due to today’s inclement weather forecast, Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) is operating on a Code Red status for today, Monday, Jan. 3, 2022. There will be no virtual instruction for students and schools and offices are closed today. Only essential CCPS staff report to work. All CCPS meal sites are closed today. Visit the CCPS website at www.ccboe.com for the most up-to-date information. The Charles County public school system does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age or disability in its programs, activities or employment practices. For inquiries, please contact Kathy Read more…

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The Board of Education of Charles County will meet Monday, Jan. 3, at 6 p.m. at the Jesse L. Starkey Administration Building in La Plata. The Board expects that the meeting will be closed to the public as permitted by the Maryland Open Meetings Act, Sections 3-305 and 3-103 of the General Provisions Article.  About CCPS Charles County Public Schools provides 27,000 students in grades prekindergarten through 12 with an academically challenging education. Located in Southern Maryland, Charles County Public Schools has 37 schools that offer a technologically advanced, progressive and high quality education that builds character, equips for leadership Read more…

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Due to a current high positive COVID-19 percentage rate for Charles County and high testing demand, Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) will reopen from winter break on Monday, Jan. 3, 2022, for virtual instruction. Students will participate in virtual instruction for the week of Jan. 3 through 7. Any extension to virtual instruction will be shared with staff and families as quickly as possible. Virtual instruction means students will be learning online and not reporting to school buildings the week of Jan. 3-7, 2022.  As of today, any CCPS athletics or extracurricular activities are postponed. This includes any planned or Read more…

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J.C. Parks Elementary School has a reputation for its commitment to the environment. Deanna Wheeler, the science teacher, thinks it probably started around 2009 when she was invited on an ice breaking expedition in the Arctic. Before that, of course she and her students would do little things here and there for the environment. But after that time in the Arctic, the scope widened for Wheeler. “We could do more,” she said. “Our actions impact more than Parks and what’s around us. Our impact can be felt all the way up to the Arctic.” When she returned to Maryland, she Read more…

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Winter break is Dec. 23 through Dec. 31, 2021, for all Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) students and staff. CCPS asks that both parents and staff continue to report positive COVID-19 results to the school system during winter break. Parents and staff can use an electronic confidential reporting form linked here to inform school officials about positive test results. The CCPS Office of School Safety and Security will continue contact tracing during winter break. After completing the reporting form, parents or staff will receive additional information about when to report back to school/work. CCPS strongly encourages staff, parents and families Read more…

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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…

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Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) is participating in the St. Mary’s City annual Maryland Day Celebration on Saturday, March 26. A fourth-grade student is selected through an essay contest to represent the school system and Charles County at the celebration. Students must submit an essay response to the prompt, “Why is Charles County a great place to live?” CCPS fourth-grade students are eligible and are permitted one entry per student. Essays should be 150-350 words and if typed, double spaced. Students who are interested in entering the contest should submit their essays to their fourth-grade teachers before Tues., Feb. 1. Read more…

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