Information Regarding School Calendar and Meal Distribution (4/6/20)

In accordance with the 2019-2020 school calendar, all CCPS schools and offices will be closed on Friday, April 10, and Monday, April 13.  At this point in time, we are not making any school year calendar adjustments until we receive additional information or direction from the Maryland State Department of Education.  

Please be advised that meal distribution will not take place on these days. However, on Thursday, April 9, every child 18 and under will receive meals for Thursday, Friday, and Monday. Please click here for more information. 

 

Guidance for Parents and Students Regarding Third and Fourth Quarter Grades (4/6/20)

Guidance for Parents and Students Regarding Third Quarter Grades

The last day before schools were closed was March 13th.  Before students were dismissed on March 13th, ​as best they could, teachers provided students with learning activities to engage with as they were able ​during the initial two weeks of closure.

During that time, students ​could take advantage of on-line learning opportunities, ​and/or paper and pencil activities while teachers set up digital classrooms for on-line learning, and the system worked on preparing packets and workbooks for learning.  On Monday, March 30th, CCPS began formalized distance learning for all students.  Depending upon device and internet availability in the home, students have been participating in distance learning at varying levels.  

While the existing date for the third quarter to end is today, April 6th, we are making several adjustments to the third quarter grading period. Teachers are following the guidance below when issuing third quarter grades:

  • The grade a student had as of the school closure on March 13th cannot be lowered, but can be maintained or improved.
  • The third quarter grading window will be extended to April 17th.  During this time, students will have the opportunity to raise their grade based on their engagement and any work completed through April 17th.
  • During the week of April 20th, third quarter report cards will be posted in HAC.  An email will be sent to inform you when these are available to be viewed in HAC (grades 3-12).
  • A report card will be sent through the mail to parents of students in grades Pre-k-2.  Parents should expect to receive the report card in the mail the week of April 27th.

If your child has not had access to a computer and/or internet during the school closure, and​ you have questions about how your child can turn in work to impact their third quarter grade, please contact your child’s teacher.  ​


Guidance for Students and Parents Regarding Fourth Quarter Grades

Based on State Superintendent Karen Salmon’s last announcement, Maryland public schools will be closed through April 24th.  When we get further guidance on the length of school closures, we will issue a statement on the way in which student progress will be determined and issued for fourth quarter. 

CCPS, our teachers, principals, and staff will continue to work with you, problem solve issues you may be facing during this time, and be as flexible as possible given the circumstances.  Again, please contact your child's teacher should you have any questions regarding third quarter.

Thank you for your patience and flexibility as we work together during these unprecedented times.

 

Emergency Meal Distribution – New Site (4//6/20)

Elmer Wolfe Elementary School has been added as a site for meal distribution. Click here to see the revised flyer.

 

Update on Statewide Assessments (4/2/20)

 The United States Department of Education has determined that, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Maryland will NOT need to administer statewide assessments for the 2019-2020 school year to comply with the Every Student Succeeds Act.

 The lack of test administration in Maryland will not affect annual accountability determinations, be used to identify schools for support and improvement, or to provide data on Maryland's and local report cards for assessment and accountability information for the 2019-20 school year.

This means that for the remainder of the school year CCPS will NOT administer the previously scheduled state assessments for math, language arts, science, social studies, alternative assessments or the climate survey. 

 

Additional Information on Computer Distribution (3/31/20)

As a reminder, if you completed the Computer Internet Survey or have spoken to your school recently about your technology needs, there is no need to make additional contact with the school. We have the information we need and will be using that to move forward with our computer distribution.

 

Laptop Requests (3/31/20)

We would like to thank all families for your quick response regarding the need to borrow laptops for your children.  Because the number of requests coming in is greater than anticipated, we are asking that each family limit that request to one per household. The deadline to respond to your child’s school principal is tomorrow, April 1st, at 4:00 p.m.  Once we have finalized the numbers and prepared the laptops for distribution, you will be receiving directions on when, where, and how to pick up the computer.  

Thank you for your support and patience as we move through this process together. 

 

Continuity of Learning Plan FAQ (3/30/20)

Carroll County Public Schools has developed a Frequently Asked Questions document on the Continuity of Learning Plan as a resource for members of our school system community.  We encourage you to return to the document often, as we will continue to update it as we move forward.

Please click here to view the FAQ.

 

CCPS Wi-Fi Access on School Grounds (3/30/20) 

CCPS encourages parents/students with smart phones to contact their providers about free mobile hotspot features that may currently be available to them.  This will allow users to utilize their phones as a mobile hot spot.  All major providers should have this feature available. 

CCPS encourages parents/students to utilize the free Comcast/Xfininty Wi-Fi service that was enabled for non-Comcast customers. Ting is offering the same in Westminster. Obviously, this is more viable in more densely populated areas.

CCPS has enabled Guest Wi-Fi access on all school bus loop external access points, which are viable on each school’s website under “CCPS Wi-Fi Access on School Grounds.”

CCPS encourages parents/students to take advantage of this same capability at Carroll County Public Library branches. 

Mobile wireless hot spots will not be made available to individual students without internet access.  We understand the challenges some may face with the limited accessibility issue Carroll County residents may experience.  We encourage parents/guardians to contact their local internet providers to explore the programs available to them.  Comcast offers reduced internet fees through a program called Internet Essentials, which is offering two months of free service during the coronavirus emergency. 

 

Message from the Superintendent - School Closure (3/25/20)

Dear Families,

As you may be aware, today the Maryland State Superintendent announced that schools will remain closed through April 24, 2020, due to concerns of the spread of COVID-19. All CCPS and non-CCPS sponsored activities in our school facilities will be canceled during this time.

Like you, we are devastated that this has happened and recognize the challenges this will bring.​ We anticipated that this could be a possibility and for the last few weeks have been preparing ways in which to provide continuity of learning for our students. Our goal is to keep students engaged as much as possible through a distance learning approach.

This past week, our principals and teaching staff held virtual meetings to train, plan, and prepare as best as possible to support this distance learning effort.  We are also gathering and finalizing distribution plans for digital devices that will help ensure our students can fully engage in these models. These devices will be prioritized for students in need. 

We know that our families are in different places when it comes to internet access and technology in the home. We will be providing varying methods to deliver learning opportunities that will include online learning and traditional pencil and paper.

Our preparation has included designing plans for remote student learning that use multiple tools.  For example, numerous online tools and resources, as well as hard copy workbooks (grades pre-K – 8) and learning packets (all grades), will be used to provide learning opportunities to students. 

Our students and staff will be asked to use these various tools and engage in teaching and learning in new and sometimes different ways.  Please keep in mind that transitioning to a new learning model will continue to take time and patience. Do not expect starting Monday, March 30, that everything will be completely in place.  We stated in an earlier communication that this will not be perfect, nor can this be expected to simply replace our traditional face-to-face, in-school instructional delivery.  That is not our expectation.  There will be challenges and obstacles to overcome, but we know that by being patient, working collaboratively, and continuing to communicate with each other, we will make the most of this difficult situation for our students and help ensure that they continue to have opportunities to learn during this unprecedented time.  ​

We know the State Superintendent's decision brings with it many questions regarding graduation, assessments, and other issues. We are awaiting direction from the Maryland State Department of Education and will be communicating with you as soon as this information becomes available.  We are in the process of creating a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) for all questions related to continuity of learning in Carroll County Public Schools in light of the closures created by COVID-19, and will put that on the home page of our website soon.

The teacher-family partnership will be a key element in developing successful distance learners.  We understand the stress families are under during this time and know not all of the following can be done easily, but we wanted to provide some tips for supporting students as they engage in distance learning:

  • Monitor updates from teachers
  • Help students access interactive online resources and tools, such as Google Classroom, and/or work through the print material packets/workbooks that they receive
  • Designate a location where learning will take place 
  • Create a daily schedule to follow that provides routine
  • Ask students to provide a brief summary of their learning to ensure understanding of the content
  • Maintain communication with teacher(s) and seek support as needed from school staff  
  • Assist students when seeking additional clarification and/or learning support from their classroom teacher(s)  
  • Monitor students’ work and support them. 

In the coming days, you will be hearing more from your principal and teacher as we move forward in this process, including information regarding when you can expect packets and workbooks to arrive through the mail to your home, teacher “office hours” when you can connect with your child’s teachers, detailed instruction and support for accessing online resources and tools, and so on. 

As we move into this distance learning approach, your child’s teachers and principal will be the best source of answers to questions you may have about distance learning, support, and guidance as it relates to the learning opportunities for your students.  We are navigating uncharted waters, and we are proud of how everyone is doing whatever they can to step up to meet the challenge.

Take care and stay safe and well.  We will persevere through this difficult time together.

Steven A. Lockard
Superintendent of Schools

 

Home Internet Access and Technology (3/23/20)

As we begin our second week of school closures, hopefully everyone is doing as well as possible and staying healthy and safe.

As you are aware, last week you were sent a survey regarding access to technology in your home. We recognize that many of our families in Carroll County live in rural areas or have unique circumstances where internet access is limited, capped or may be unreliable, as in the case of hot spots.

We are aware that this kind of descriptor was not an option included on the survey.  If this applies to your family, we would ask that you contact your school principal through email to make sure that they are aware of your family’s situation. Please be sure to include your child’s first and last name and grade when you contact the principal.  This will allow them to provide the most appropriate means of support as we anticipate the shift to distance learning.  Your principal's email can be found by going to your school website and clicking on “About Us” and then “Staff Directory.”

Please continue to visit our website at www.carrollk12.org  for information on COVID-19 and our CCPS learning resources.

As we move through these uncertain times, we will continue to communicate and update you on our efforts to provide continuity of learning and to make sure our students have opportunities to stay engaged in learning.

Message from the Superintendent (3/20/20)

Dear Families,

I would like to thank you for your patience in this unprecedented time in public education and in our nation. First and foremost, we hope that you and your families are remaining safe and well during the school closure. We miss our students!  While we are devastated that this has happened and recognize all the challenges it brings, we also recognize the need for the important measures that have been taken across Maryland to minimize the spread of COVID-19 and keep all of our students, families, and staff members as safe as possible. While we have not received any additional information regarding closure beyond the initial two weeks at this moment, we anticipate that happening and are planning accordingly.  Should we receive any new information we will update you as soon as possible. 

In anticipation of an extended closure, we have been working around the clock to best prepare for this scenario and to transition to continuity of learning for a longer duration of time.  We recognize that an unprecedented transition to distance learning will not be perfect.  We will work through the challenges, issues, and concerns together with you throughout this time period when we are not in the familiar, traditional comforts of in-school, face-to-face learning.  When an announcement is made, we will also be seeking guidance and direction from our Maryland State Department of Education concerning a number of related issues, such as mandated assessments, requirements, high school credits for graduation, and so on.  We ask for your continued patience and understanding as CCPS and all systems across our state seek answers to these important questions.  We will begin communication of our distance learning plans with all families in the coming days from both CCPS and your child’s individual school. 

We sent a survey out to families yesterday to help determine internet and device availability.  We continue to work on resources and supports where access or a device is not available to a student.  We recognize there are variables to connectivity and special circumstances.  As we move forward, our principals and staff will be working to accommodate in every way we can for distance learning, whether it is through internet connection or not, and the unique circumstances you and your family may have.  If you have not already filled out the survey we sent to you, please take a moment to do so. We will be reaching out by phone early next week to those families we know do not have email or have not responded.  We have provided a link to the survey here:

https://forms.gle/dKMagDVMyu7d5w2t8

During this time, we recommend that families communicate and develop a routine for children.

  • It is important to have open and honest communication with children regarding COVID-19, but it is also important to be measured and reassuring in what you choose to discuss. 
  • As always, closely monitor and limit your child's screen time, especially when it comes to news coverage and social media.
  • Create as much routine and structure in your child's daily life as you can. We all do better when we have a daily routine and structure in our lives.

We cannot reiterate enough how important it is for you to practice social distancing and to take care of yourselves and your families, physically, mentally, and emotionally. Navigating through the next several weeks will take communication, adaptability, and patience. 

We will continue to post resources and the newest school-related information, including locations where CCPS provides free meals, at https://bit.ly/3dj7AAP.  Please check it daily. We will also continue to use emails, social media, CETV Channel 21, and other communication tools to provide you with timely updates.

CCPS will do everything we can to support our students and families through this adversity, and by being patient with each other, understanding the circumstances, and working collaboratively through all the challenges to come, we will get through this unprecedented time.

My best to all of our students and families,

Steven Lockard
Superintendent of Schools

 


Computer Internet Survey (3/19/20)

Dear Families, 

We have anticipated there could be changes to the duration of time schools could stay closed.  We have been working around the clock to best prepare for the possibility of distance learning for a longer duration of time.  Communication of these plans would be shared with all families in the coming days from both CCPS and individual schools.  In order to best prepare, we want to know whether students have access to the internet at home. We also need to determine whether a device is available to students in the home. This will allow us to finalize resources and supports where access or a device is not available to a student.  Please take a moment to click the link below and complete this important survey.

https://forms.gle/dKMagDVMyu7d5w2t8

 


Logging in to Discovery Ed and Clever (3/18/20)

If your child is having difficulties logging in to Discovery Ed or Clever, please make sure you are entering the student username with @star.carrollk12.org appended to the end.  The student username is typically formatted with three letters and four random numbers.  So, if the student username is XYZ1234, you will want to type in XYZ1234@star.carrollk12.org as the username.

If you still are having issues accessing these resources, please send an email to mystudent@carrollk12.org and someone will assist you via email.  Please send the email from the account we have on file for you so we can verify your identity.

 


Instructional Resources (3/18/20)

We want to thank and continue to encourage our families to engage in the many online resources we have availed throughout the CCPS Instructional Resource Site. We also wanted to share that not all students are familiar with every resource we have in our system. Several of these resources are grade level, content or course specific.

Specifically, we have received a number of inquiries pertaining to Clever. If you are having difficulty logging into Clever, it very well could be that your child has never used this resource. In this case, your child may not have access to this resource or the necessary log-in credentials.

 The CCPS Instructional Resource website was provided as a resource for teachers and families to access in our two weeks away from school to maintain skills and conceptual understanding. If you are having difficulty logging into an application or site, we are asking that you remain patient and take advantage of other resources that may be available within the website where your child may have some familiarity. 

We plan to update this resource site in the days ahead to provide more access and opportunities to our students.

https://sites.google.com/carrollk12.org/ccps-learning-resources/home

 


Emergency Meals Now Include Dinner (3/16/20)

Revised Meals Flyer

Distribución de comidas de emergencia

 


Update from the Superintendent (3/16/20)

Dear Parents and Guardians:

Now that we have started our school closure, I would like to express my sincere appreciation to our families for your patience and support as we work through this very challenging time. We have never experienced times quite like this and are truly grateful for your understanding as we face difficult decisions while at the same time keeping in mind what is in the best interest of our students and staff.

I want you to know how truly grateful I am to have an opportunity to serve the families of such a caring community. It is important that we continue to work together to do our part in controlling the spread of the coronavirus so that our students and staff can return to their classrooms and continue to achieve their goals to become college and career ready.

I am aware that the sudden closing of schools has left our community with many questions. Please be assured that we will continue to communicate with you as often as necessary to make sure you have the most up-to-date and accurate information available regarding our schools.

I encourage you to visit our website at www.carrollk12.org where you will find all of our communications, as well as excellent resources regarding the coronavirus. In addition, the Carroll County Health Department has provided some very helpful information from the CDC on talking to your children about the coronavirus. The link is provided below.

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/schools-childcare/talking-with-children.html 

I wish you and your family good health during this period of time. It is my hope that by working together we will be able to return to normalcy as soon as possible.

Steven A. Lockard, Ph.D.
Superintendent of Schools

 


Information for Parents/Guardians During School Closure (3/13/20)

Parents/Guardians,

You may have heard today that the first case of COVID-19 has been identified in Carroll County. The Carroll County Health Department is actively investigating this case. At this time, we have no indication that there has been any direct impact to our students or staff.                                

We would like to notify you that during this school closure, our school buildings will be closed to the public. This begins this evening, Friday, March 13, through Sunday, March 29. Our school buildings will re-open on Monday, March 30.

If you need to communicate with your principal, please contact them through e-mail. Our principals’ email addresses can be found on your school’s website or on the homepage of our school system website at www.carrollk12.org.

Our central office will remain in operation. However, in-person interactions with the public will be by appointment only. Central office staff will continue to be available by phone and email.  

The Carroll County Health Department has also asked us to remind you that their call center is open this weekend from 8:00 am until 5:00 pm. The number for the call center is 410-876-4848.

We will continue to communicate with you as updates occur. Thank you for your understanding.

 


Emergency Meal Distribution to Children (3/13/20)

Carroll County Public Schools is participating in the Emergency Feeding Program. Meals will be provided to all children without charge. 

Emergency Meals Flyer

Distribución de comidas de emergencia

 


CCPS Resource Site, Special Education and SAT Information (3/13/20)

Content specialists in the department of curriculum and instruction have been working closely with teachers, administrators, and other professionals to bring together resources for all Carroll County Public Schools students. To support all the traditional learning resources our teachers make available for students, we have created a Google Site that provides students and families with resources to encourage ongoing academic engagement while at home. Read full message. 

CCPS Resource Site

Sitio de recursos de CCPS, educación especial e información SAT
 


Learning Materials for School Closure (3/12/20)

Under the direction of State Superintendent of Schools Karen Salmon, all Maryland public schools, including Carroll County Public Schools, will be closed beginning Monday, March 16, through Friday, March 27. Schools will re-open on Monday, March 30. All CCPS and non-CCPS sponsored activities in our school facilities will be canceled.  Today, students will be provided with materials to allow for learning during the closure.  There will be a variety of activities available, including online and traditional paper and pencil.  The link to the online educational resources are below. These educational activities are intended to help students maintain their skills and continue to work on curricular-related content.  They will vary by level (elementary, middle, high) as well as by content area.  To be clear, the activities are not intended to progress students through new curriculum.  Please know that teachers will not be working during the closure, so student learning will be self-directed.  Please use parental judgement when determining which activities will be completed, and how much time will be allotted daily. 

https://sites.google.com/carrollk12.org/ccps-learning-resources/home

 


Medication Pick-Up (3/12/20)

Parents may find it necessary to pick up their child's daily medication to have at home during the upcoming school closure. If you don’t find it necessary to have the medication during the closure, you do not need to pick it up. Parents are encouraged to pick up medication by 4:00 pm on Friday, March 13, if needed. Please contact your child’s school if you have any questions.
 


School Attendance on Friday (3/12/20)

As we shared in our earlier message, the Maryland State Superintendent has mandated the closure of all Maryland schools from Monday, March 16, through Friday, March 27. This leaves tomorrow as the only day to prepare our students for the two-week break. Please do your best to ensure children attend school tomorrow to receive important information and have an opportunity to check out books and other materials to take home during the break. 

Thank you for your continued support and understanding.  

 


All CCPS Schools Closed March 16-27 (Posted 3/12/20)

Under the direction of State Superintendent of Schools Karen Salmon, all Maryland public schools, including Carroll County Public Schools, will be closed beginning Monday, March 16, through Friday, March 27. Schools will re-open on Monday, March 30. All CCPS and non-CCPS sponsored activities in our school facilities will be canceled.

This action is being taken in all Maryland public school systems as a preventative measure to contain the spread of the coronavirus and out of an abundance of caution. The safety and well-being of students and staff continue to be our top priority.

We will be sharing additional information with you tomorrow and throughout this period of closure. In the meantime, we encourage you to review the information and tips on our website for keeping you and your family healthy. And, we can’t stress enough the importance of practicing the preventive measures we have outlined in previous communications. These measures can also be found on our website.

Thank you for your continued patience and understanding as we work through this challenging time. 

MSDE News Release on School Closures  


Out-of-State Travel Canceled Due to Coronavirus (3/11/2020)

Carroll County Public Schools is canceling all out-of-state travel for students and staff effective immediately and until further notice. This includes all out-of-state field trips, meetings, events, conferences, and athletic activities.

Our goal as a school system is to be consistent with Governor Hogan’s direction that all out-of-state travel for state employees has been canceled in an effort to contain any spread of the coronavirus in Maryland. When students and staff travel to another state, that effort may be compromised. The decision was also made out of an abundance of caution to minimize the risk to CCPS students, staff, and families.

All CCPS schools and buildings are fully operational, and scheduled activities within the schools, as well as travel in Maryland, will continue as planned for now.

This decision alone cannot eliminate the risk of exposure to the coronavirus. All Carroll County citizens are reminded to increase precautions and practice healthy habits as recommended by the Carroll County Health Department. CCPS will continue to receive guidance and collaborate on efforts to help protect our students and staff.

CCPS reminds the community that while the current local risk of COVID-19 is low, the public should consult reputable sources of information such as the school system's website at www.carrollk12.org.

As always, the health and safety of our students and staff are always a high priority in our decision-making process.
 


Message from the Superintendent - Coronavirus Update (3/9/2020)

Dear CCPS Families and Staff,

As you are probably aware, there have been a few cases of the coronavirus in Maryland, but none in Carroll County at this point in time. There has been no decision to close schools. If we reach that point, please know that the decision will be made only after soliciting recommendations and input from our local and state health departments. The safety and well-being of our students and staff will continue to be the basis for any decision. 

We will continue to keep you updated as we move through this process. In the meantime, we encourage you to review the information and tips on our website for keeping you and your family healthy. And, we can’t stress enough the importance of practicing the preventive measures we have outlined in previous communications. These measures can also be found on our website.

Over the weekend, it was brought to our attention that an “imposter” Carroll County Public Schools Instagram account contained a post announcing that CCPS would be closing for two weeks due to the coronavirus. We would like to assure you that this was indeed a hoax and the school system does not have an official Instagram account.

We would like to remind you that official notification to parents and staff would take place through our routine communication channels, which include phone, email, and text messages through our SchoolMessenger system. In addition, information will continue to be posted on our website at www.carrollk12.org and our social media accounts, which include Facebook and Twitter, as well as CETV – Channel 21.

Thank you for your continued patience and understanding.

Steven A. Lockard, Ph.D.
Superintendent of Schools
 


Coronavirus Update (3/6/2020)

Dear CCPS Families and Staff,

As you are likely aware, the first three cases of the coronavirus disease COVID-19 were reported yesterday in Montgomery County, Maryland. The patients all contracted the virus while traveling overseas and are currently in good condition and in quarantine at their homes.

Governor Hogan is urging Maryland residents to continue to go to work and school. CCPS schools and scheduled activities will continue unless a change is recommended by local and state public health professionals.

Please be assured that the school system continues to closely monitor and evaluate the situation and is making necessary preparations in case the virus does affect our community and our schools. We continue our collaboration with the County Health Department and are actively monitoring updates from the Maryland Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).  We are following the Maryland Department of Health communicable disease protocol.

We ensure that our buildings are appropriately cleaned and disinfected, and our cleaning practices and products more than meet the required industry standards. In addition, we continue to emphasize the strategies for reducing transmission of any flu-like illness, including self-care, good hygiene, and best practices. Please note, students are permitted to bring their own personal size hand sanitizer to school.

We all play a role in reducing the likelihood of a coronavirus outbreak in our community. We cannot overstate the importance of practicing good habits such as:

  • Regular handwashing
  • Coughing or sneezing into a tissue and then throwing the tissue away
  • Coughing or sneezing into your arm if you don’t have a tissue
  • Avoiding touching your eyes, mouth, or nose
  • Keeping children home from school when they are feeling sick
  • Allowing children some time to feel better so that they do not risk infecting others
  • Avoiding close contact with sick people.                     

Should we discover that any student or school staff member has been exposed to the coronavirus in some way, or has been diagnosed with COVID-19, we will immediately collaborate with the Carroll County Health Department and follow their recommendations for investigation, communication, and response.

The situation and guidance are evolving rapidly, and we will continue to collaborate with our public health partners to make informed decisions in the best interests of our school system. Next week, key school system staff will be joining a meeting with the Carroll County Health Department and the Carroll County Emergency Management team to further discuss coordinated efforts, preparedness, and the latest updates.

We have created a link on the homepage of our website at www.carrollk12.org that parents and staff can visit to find all of the communications we have sent, as well as links to the local and state health departments and the CDC. Here you can also find valuable information such as correct handwashing techniques and tips for keeping your family healthy.

We are so grateful to our parents, employees, students, and community for your support as we continue to work through the rapidly changing situation presented by the coronavirus.

We will continue to communicate with you in the days and weeks to come. As always, the safety, health, and well-being of our students, staff and families remain our top priority.

Sincerely,

Steven A. Lockard, Ph.D.                                    Edwin F. Singer, L.E.H.S.

Superintendent of Schools                                 Carroll County Health Officer
 


Preventative Health Measures for Coronavirus (3/4/2020)

In coordination with the Carroll County Health Department and Maryland Department of Health, Carroll County Public Schools continues to closely monitor the coronavirus situation. We would like to share with you some preventative health measures that are recommended for avoiding colds, flu, and other respiratory illnesses.

It seems simple enough, but is often times forgotten, that one of the most important things you and your family can do is to wash your hands frequently or use alcohol-based sanitizer if soap and water are not available. Now is the time to remind your children about the importance of washing their hands.

Please click on the link below to see the proper procedure for washing your hands.

https://youtu.be/eZw4Ga3jg3E

Other preventative measures include:

  • covering coughs and sneezes
  • avoiding touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
  • cleaning and disinfecting frequently-touched surfaces
  • staying home when sick
  • avoiding close contact with sick people
  • remaining home until fever-free for 24 hours without fever-reducing medication.

Please click on the links below to see additional information on preparing for the possibility of a coronavirus outbreak.

Centers for Disease Control

Carroll County Health Department

Maryland Department of Health

By following these tips and taking these important steps, we can all work together to keep our families and our community healthy safe.
 


Coronavirus Information (2/28/2020)

In coordination with the Carroll County Health Department and Maryland Department of Health, Carroll County Public Schools is closely monitoring the coronavirus situation and any impact it may have locally. Currently, there are no known cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) infection in Carroll County or in Maryland. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), risk to the U.S. public is considered low at this time.

Our School Health Services program coordinates with the Carroll County Health Department regarding public health actions to keep our schools and our community safe.  Since January, we have been monitoring and communicating information about the coronavirus from our local and state health departments with our school nurses and administrators.

Just as we would encourage during a typical cold and flu season, it is important to emphasize that any students or employees who are exhibiting symptoms such as fever and cough should stay home, use preventative health measures, and contact their health care provider.

When a new disease is circulating, it is natural for people to be concerned and to ask what they can do to protect themselves and their families. It is important to get information about COVID-19 from reliable public health sources. We have included links for your information:
 

Carroll County Health Department

Maryland Department of Health

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
 

During the winter season, other viruses that cause respiratory illness are common. Preventative health measures that are recommended for avoiding colds, flu, and other respiratory illnesses include:

  • washing hands frequently, or using alcohol-based sanitizer if soap and water are not available
  • covering coughs and sneezes
  • avoiding touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
  • cleaning and disinfecting frequently-touched surfaces
  • staying home when sick
  • avoiding close contact with sick people
  • remaining home until fever-free for 24 hours without fever-reducing medication

If you have questions about your child’s attendance at school, please contact the school directly. If you have additional questions about the coronavirus after reviewing the links above, you can call the health department at 410-876-2152.

We recognize that this is an evolving situation and is constantly being reassessed. We will continue to stay in close, collaborative contact with our health department partners and will share additional information regarding Carroll County Public Schools as needed.  Thank you for your help in keeping Carroll County Public Schools safe and healthy. 
 

Steven A. Lockard, Ph.D.                                        Edwin F. Singer, L.E.H.S.
Superintendent of Schools                                      Carroll County Health Officer