Due to a current high COVID-19 positive percentage rate for Charles County and high demand for testing, Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) will reopen from winter break on Monday 3 January 2022, for virtual education. Students will participate in virtual education for the week of January 3-7. Any expansion of virtual education will be shared with staff and families as quickly as possible. Virtual instruction means that students will learn online and not show up to school buildings the week of January 3-7, 2022.
As of today, all sports or extracurricular activities of the CCPS are postponed. This includes all practices planned or scheduled for this week. AlphaBEST is also closed next week.
With the county’s positive COVID-19 data increasing, Dr. Dianna Abney, Charles County’s health official, has ordered Superintendent Maria Navarro to cease normal operations in school buildings. As a result, CCPS students will switch to virtual education for the first week back from winter vacation. LMCC staff return to work on January 3 in person. The Department of Health and CCPS are supporting an in-person learning delay for students to give families time to test children before they return to school. The deadline also gives time for any CCPS staff to be tested. The health department recommends testing for those who are symptomatic or have been exposed within 5 to 7 days to a person positive for COVID-19. Charles County testing facilities have seen an increase in demand for testing during the holidays. Learn more about Health Services testing recommendations at https://bit.ly/3qteAm4.
The health service offers free COVID-19 tests. Visit the Department of Health website at https://charlescountyhealth.org for details and locations.
CCPS virtual teaching can include a mix of live lessons and asynchronous work – work that is not live or recorded but posted on class websites in StudentVUE. Teachers can schedule Zoom lessons through the calendar or lesson calendar menu areas in StudentVUE. Teachers will share virtual instruction updates with students and parents through ParentVUE and StudentVUE. Directors will also share email updates with families.
Students will need an electronic learning device and Internet access for live instruction. Learning devices should also have the Zoom program downloaded for the best learning experience. Instructions for downloading Zoom are attached to the email sent to parents. Parents of children who do not have Internet access at home should call their child’s school.
If your child has not brought a learning device home before the winter break, staff will be available at schools to help pick up the devices. Please call your child’s school after January 3 for assistance.
CCPS offers technological support to families as well as a Spanish hotline. The technical support line will launch on January 3 and is available by calling 301-932-6655. This is recommended for families / students having issues with Zoom and StudentVUE.
If your child’s laptop is broken or won’t turn on, please drop the device off at their school for repair and get a temporary loan laptop. Families can also submit an AskCCPS ticket at www2.ccboe.com/askccps for assistance.
The Spanish hotline is available at 240-523-3032. Callers may have to leave a message and must leave a callback number.
Free bagged meals for students will be available January 3-7 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the following locations: Henry E. Lackey, Maurice J. McDonough, St. Charles & Westlake, Benjamin Stoddert, Colleges Mattawoman and Milton M. Somers, and Dr Thomas L. Higdon, Indian Head, JC Parks, JP Ryon, Arthur Middleton, Mt. Hope / Nanjemoy, Dr Samuel A. Mudd and Malcolm Elementary Schools.
Meals will include a cold breakfast and lunch. Anyone picking up a meal for a child must show the ParentVUE or StudentVUE student ID number.
CCPS is also aware that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently updated their quarantine recommendations. CCPS follows quarantine guidelines outlined by state and local health departments. CCPS has updated quarantine protocols for students who are exposed outside of school as well as for staff. Updates are posted at https://www.ccboe.com/index.php/covid-19-resources. The student-to-student exposure protocols at school remain unchanged.
Please continue to report any positive COVID-19 results from a student or staff to the school system using the electronic report form. To access the form, click here. CCPS reviews all reported data and makes any necessary quarantine decisions with the health department for classes, grade levels, schools, or the system as a whole. The timely reporting of positive cases among students and staff helps LMCC make decisions using real-time data.
CCPS strongly encourages staff and student participation in the free weekly COVID-19 screening program. Participants are tested weekly and results are available within 24-48 hours. Only positive results are shared with CCPS for contact tracing purposes. One-time registration is required. Visit https://schooltesting.2020gene.com/login to register.
CCPS has a COVID-19 data dashboard on its website with real-time positive data on students and staff. Visit https://www.ccboe.com/index.php/covid-19-dashboard to view the data
Charles County Public Schools provide an academically challenging education for 27,000 K-12 students. Located in southern Maryland, Charles County Public Schools has 37 schools that provide technologically advanced, progressive, high-quality education that builds character, prepares leadership, and prepares students for life, careers and life. ‘Higher Education.
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 employment programs, activities or practices. For any inquiries, please contact Kathy Kiessling, Title IX / ADA / Section 504 Coordinator (students) or Nikial M. Majors, Title IX / ADA / Section 504 Coordinator (employees / adults), at Charles County Public Schools, Jesse L Starkey Administration Bâtiment, BP 2770, La Plata, MD 20646; 301-932-6610 / 301-870-3814. For special accommodations, call 301-934-7230 or TTY 1-800-735-2258 two weeks before the event.
CCPS provides equal and non-discriminatory access to school facilities in accordance with its rules for the use of the facilities to designated youth groups (including, but not limited to, Boy Scouts).