The Board of Education of Carroll County will hold its regular monthly meeting on Wednesday, November 11, 2020, at 5:00 p.m. at the Board of Education offices, located at 125 North Court Street in Westminster. This will be a hybrid meeting in which some Board members are present in the Board room. However, some Board members and staff will be participating virtually. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the public will not be able to attend the meeting with the exception of those who wish to speak during Citizen Participation.

Citizen Participation is scheduled on the agenda for 5:00 p.m. and again at 6:30 p.m. Speakers will be allowed three minutes to address the Board. Citizens who wish to speak must adhere to the guidelines outlined below. Staff will be available to assist speakers and signs will be posted.

  • Wear a mask at all times, including when addressing the Board from the podium.
  • Enter the building through the main entrance.
  • Sign in at the desk in the lobby.
  • Wait in the lobby until your name is called. To accommodate social distancing, citizens may be asked to wait outside.
  • After speaking, exit through the side door of the Board room.

The Board of Education will continue taking public comment through the CCPS website (click on the Board of Education tab and Members) or through the US mail. Comments received will be posted on the website.

Comments must be received by 4:00 p.m. on the day of the Board meeting in order to be posted prior to the meeting.

You may access the meeting by clicking on the link under “News and Notices” on the homepage. The meeting also will be broadcast live on CETV Channel 21.The agenda and back-up materials for the meeting will be available on the school system’s website by close of business on the Monday before the meeting. Click on Agendas and Documents under Board of Education.

The Carroll County Public Schools (CCPS) is firmly committed to creating equal employment and educational opportunities for all persons with regard to its employment practices and in the provision of services, programs, and activities. The CCPS does not discriminate on the basis of age, color, genetic information, marital status, mental or physical disability, ancestry or national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. The CCPS provides non-discriminatory access to school facilities in accordance with its policies and regulations regarding the community use of schools (including, but not limited to, the Boy Scouts). The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies: Chantress J. Baptist, Director of Human Resources, 125 North Court Street, Westminster, Maryland 21157, (410) 751-3070.

The Carroll County Public Schools (CCPS) does not discriminate on the basis of disability in employment or the provision of services, programs or activities. Persons needing auxiliary aids and services for communication should contact the Communications Office at 410-751-3020 or publicinfo@carrollk12.org, or write to Carroll County Public Schools, 125 North Court Street, Westminster, Maryland 21157. Persons who are deaf, hard of hearing, or have a speech disability, may use Relay or 7-1-1. Please contact the school system at least one (1) week in advance of the date the special accommodation is needed. Information concerning the Americans with Disabilities Act is available from the Director of Facilities or the Supervisor of Community and Media Relations: Raymond Prokop, Director of Facilities Management, 125 North Court Street, Westminster, Maryland  21157, (410) 751-3177, or Carey Gaddis, Communications Officer, 125 North Court Street, Westminster, Maryland  21157, (410) 751-3020.

 

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Carroll County Public Schools is one of 100 school systems chosen to participate in the Google IT Support Professional Certificate pilot program. Through this partnership, instructional programming will be developed that will lead to students being able to choose a pathway that will lead to a Google IT Certificate as they prepare for careers in the tech industry.

This hands-on program, fully developed by Google, introduces learners to the fundamentals of IT support that are critical for success in the workplace. This includes troubleshooting, customer service, networking, operating systems, system administration, and security. The program is designed for learners to jumpstart their careers at any company across any sector and has an explicit focus on creating economic opportunity for overlooked groups.

Throughout the curriculum, learners will engage with a dynamic mix of hands-on labs and other interactive assessments. They also will receive career-readiness instruction on resume and interview preparation and hear from Googlers about their experiences working in IT.

The pilot program will begin in September 2021 at Francis Scott Key High School and will be expanded to include all high schools.

According to Bill Eckles, Supervisor of Career and Technical Education, “This is a tremendous opportunity to be able to expand our Information Technology/Computer Science offerings with the support of Google.  Thanks to Principal Mobley and the staff at Francis Scott Key for being forward thinking, and their willingness to pilot the IT Support Professional program to benefit their students. I look forward to the success of this program and the expansion of it to all CCPS high schools.”

 

 

Upcoming Schedule and Locations (front entrances of the schools):

October 24, 2020 – 9:00am – 1:00pm

Manchester Valley HS and Century HS

November 7, 2020 – 9:00am – 1:00pm

Francis Scott Key HS and Winters Mill HS
Please note change in location.

With the distribution of thousands of loaner laptops from all our school sites, there are the inevitable issues that have come up that require reconfiguration and/or repair. We have been able to assist many people using remote support methods, but there remain issues that require a technician to have physical interaction with the computer. To address these types of issues, CCPS Technology Services will be offering drive-up troubleshooting for devices that have been loaned from CCPS only.

In order to comply with all social distancing guidelines, we will require that everyone who arrives stay in their vehicles and our staff will come to get your device and all necessary information. Masks will be required when interacting with our staff, and we will be practicing all applicable sanitizing methods when collecting and returning the devices.  You will then be directed to a parking spot where you may wait until the repair is finished.  If the technician determines that the repair will take a significant amount of time, you will be updated with a time estimate of when to return.

We hope that by offering this method of service, we will be able to serve those who we have not been able to assist remotely or who require service outside of our traditional support hours.

 

 

The Special Education Citizens’ Advisory Committee (SECAC) will be hosting monthly meetings this year. Meetings will be a combination of virtual and in-person meetings, as feasible. Some of these meetings will be in a town hall format while others will be more informative in nature.

The October meeting of the 2020-2021 school year will be a Virtual Town Hall with Nick Shockney, Director of Special Education for Carroll County Public Schools, on October 21, 2020, from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. As we anticipate the transition to the hybrid model, we would like to have Nick Shockney sit down with us and answer some questions about service delivery. It could include how service is delivered, specialized instruction, and tools that may help students. This meeting will be hosted in a virtual format and questions will be collected ahead of time. If there is additional time, we will take questions from the attendees, limiting to one question per attendee. We will ask that attendees refrain from asking or commenting about specific schools, teachers, or students. The Executive Board will monitor the meeting to ensure a productive conversation.

This meeting will be using the Google Meet format. You can access the meeting by going to meet.google.com/auw-bjjv-kaw

A Q&A document will be available after the meeting for reference for those who are unable to attend. Hope you can join us.

All Carroll County Special Education Citizens’ Advisory Committee meetings are open to the public.

Carroll County Public Schools (CCPS) does not discriminate on the basis of disability in employment or the provision of services, programs or activities. Persons needing auxiliary aids and services for communication should contact the Communications Office at 410-751-3020 or publicinfo@carrollk12.org, or write to Carroll County Public Schools, 125 North Court Street, Westminster, Maryland 21157. Persons who are deaf, hard of hearing, or have a speech disability, may use Relay or 7-1-1. Please contact the school system at least one (1) week in advance of the date the special accommodation is needed.

Information concerning the Americans with Disabilities Act is available from the Director of Facilities Management, (410) 751-3177, or the Communications Officer, (410) 751-3020, 125 North Court Street, Westminster, Maryland 21157.

 

 

As students prepare to return to school, their safety is a priority. Students who ride to and from school will benefit from enhanced protection against stop-arm violations, thanks to technology from BusPatrol and its safety partners.

Carroll County Public Schools (CCPS) has recently announced a new partnership with BusPatrol, a safety tech company that aims to reduce the illegal passing of school buses and make the journey to and from school safer for students.

BusPatrol and Carroll County Public Schools just wrapped up hosting a media day this morning at Winters Mill High School in Westminster, Maryland. The agenda included presentations from Carroll County Sheriff James T. DeWees, Carroll County Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Steven Lockard, and BusPatrol CEO Jean Souliere, to introduce the safety initiative, unveil the technology and reeducate motorists on the dangers of passing stopped school buses.

All of the school system’s [311] school buses will be equipped with advanced stop-arm enforcement technology including cameras, GPS tracking, and more. The technology has been provided at zero cost without requiring funding from CCPS, Carroll County or taxpayers.

The partnership represents a major milestone for the student transportation industry. It is the first time an entire school bus fleet has been equipped at no cost with advanced safety technology provided by BusPatrol, Zonar, Transfinder, and FirstNet.

The implementation of the safety program in Carroll County will make roads safer for students that rely on the school bus to get to and from school by changing motorist behavior over time. In fact, communities that use BusPatrol’s technology have experienced a 30% reduction in stop-arm violations year-on-year.

The cost of the installation and maintenance of the stop-arm cameras and other technology will be covered by the fines collected for violations of the stop-arm law.

As part of the partnership, school buses will be connected to FirstNet, a wireless communications platform used by emergency response vehicles including the fire service, law enforcement, and school buses. BusPatrol is the only automated traffic enforcement company approved to run on a network built for law enforcement. 

As well as this, the school system will have access to Zonar’s fleet management system which is capable of providing student rider visibility, in-cab driver coaching, and vehicle inspection reporting. Through the partnership with Transfinder, the school district will have access to advanced route execution, mapping, student tracking, and parent apps.

Speaking about the partnership, Jean Souliere, CEO of BusPatrol, said: “This is an exciting partnership for us. It’s the first time an entire school bus fleet has been fitted with not just BusPatrol technology, but also technology from our partners at Zonar, Transfinder, and FirstNet.

“Our safety programs go beyond issuing tickets. Through our innovative model and partnerships, BusPatrol has found a way to make integrated hardware, software, and cloud-connectivity accessible to school districts. We modernize the school bus and make roads much safer for our children - and this doesn’t just apply to Carroll County. Any school district in North America could equip their fleet with this technology.”

Mike Hardesty, Director of Transportation for Carroll County Public Schools, said: “Stop-arm violations are a real danger to our students. As school buses and cars are now returning to the roads with back-to-school hybrid instruction, we want to do everything we can to make sure that students are kept safe.

“BusPatrol equipped our entire fleet at zero upfront cost. Knowing the cameras are on there will give real peace of mind to bus drivers and parents. It will also remind drivers that they need to stop whenever they see a stopped school bus on the road. Students should be reminded that they still need to look left, right and left again before entering the road for their stopped school bus. We are extremely excited about acquiring this new technology for our community.”

For more information on BusPatrol and its safety program, please visit https://www.buspatrol.com/

For more information on the new safety initiative by Carroll County Public Schools, please visit

https://schoolbussafety.carrollsheriffmd.org/

ABOUT BUSPATROL

BusPatrol is a safety technology company with the mission of making the journey to and from school safer for children. BusPatrol's safety programs change driver behavior and create a culture of awareness and responsibility around school buses. In addition, they provide accessibility for school districts, and municipalities to modernize their entire school bus fleets by outfitting them with the latest stop-arm, route planning and route execution technology.

 

 

With the distribution of thousands of loaner laptops from all our school sites, there are the inevitable issues that have come up that require reconfiguration and/or repair. We have been able to assist many people using remote support methods, but there remain issues that require a technician to have physical interaction with the computer. To address these types of issues, CCPS Technology Services will be offering drive-up troubleshooting for devices that have been loaned from CCPS only.

This Saturday, October 17, from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm, there will be technicians available at CCPS Central Office (located at 125 North Court Street, Westminster) as our first offering of this type of support. If we find this to be a beneficial way to address technical issues, we will be expanding this drive-up model to other areas of the county to provide more regionalized support.

In order to comply with all social distancing guidelines, we will require that everyone who arrives stay in their vehicles and our staff will come to get your device and all necessary information. Masks will be required when interacting with our staff, and we will be practicing all applicable sanitizing methods when collecting and returning the devices. You will then be directed to a parking spot where you may wait until the repair is finished. If the technician determines that the repair will take a significant amount of time, you will be updated with a time estimate of when to return.

We hope that by offering this method of service, we will be able to serve those who we have not been able to assist remotely or who require service outside of our traditional support hours.

 

 

The following bus routes will be in place for Hybrid Instruction and should be used for both “A” and “B” student school days. 

For the first two weeks of school, parents should have their student at the bus stop 15 minutes prior to the scheduled pick-up time and be present at the afternoon bus stop at least 15 minutes prior to the scheduled drop-off time. Adjustments will be made to the bus routes based on student ridership and bus stop changes.

Please click here for the most up-to-date listing of bus routes and stops.

COVID-19 Transportation Protocols

 

 

 

The Maryland School Counselor Association (MSCA) is currently accepting nominations for the Maryland School Counselor of the Year.

Applicants for the award must demonstrate evidence of implementation of a comprehensive, data-driven school counseling program and have been responsible for school counseling innovations or further development of programs supporting students’ career, personal/social and academic development. Other criteria include:

  • Demonstrate leadership and collaboration in his or her work and promote equity and access to opportunities and rigorous educational experiences for all students to maximize student achievement, as well as collaboration with stakeholders.
  • Demonstrate continual professional development and proof of advocacy for the profession and/or students.
  • Have the ability and skills necessary to represent school counseling in a professional manner, including but not limited to, high-quality written communication and public-speaking skills.

MSCA also is accepting nominations for the Dr. Vivian Lee Advocate of the Year Award, Educator of the Year, Administrator of the Year, and Graduate Student of the Year.

Nominations may be submitted online at https://bit.ly/33eEXl1. The deadline for nominations is November 9, 2020.

 

 

 

Click here to livestream the meeting.

The Board of Education of Carroll County will hold an updates meeting on Wednesday, October 7, 2020, at 7:00 p.m. This will be a hybrid meeting in which some Board members are present in the Boardroom. However, some Board members and staff will be participating virtually. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the public will not be able to attend the meeting.

There will be no citizen participation at this meeting. The Board of Education will continue taking public comment through the CCPS website (click on the Board of Education tab and Members) or through the US mail. Comments received will be posted on the website.

The meeting will be streamed live on the CCPS website at www.carrollk12.org. You may access the meeting by clicking on the link under “News and Notices” on the homepage. The meeting also will be broadcast live on CETV Channel 21.

The Carroll County Public Schools (CCPS) is firmly committed to creating equal employment and educational opportunities for all persons with regard to its employment practices and in the provision of services, programs, and activities. The CCPS does not discriminate on the basis of age, color, genetic information, marital status, mental or physical disability, ancestry or national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. The CCPS provides non-discriminatory access to school facilities in accordance with its policies and regulations regarding the community use of schools (including, but not limited to, the Boy Scouts). The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies: Chantress J. Baptist, Director of Human Resources, 125 North Court Street, Westminster, Maryland 21157, (410) 751-3070.

The Carroll County Public Schools (CCPS) does not discriminate on the basis of disability in employment or the provision of services, programs or activities. Persons needing auxiliary aids and services for communication should contact the Communications Office at 410-751-3020 or publicinfo@carrollk12.org, or write to Carroll County Public Schools, 125 North Court Street, Westminster, Maryland 21157. Persons who are deaf, hard of hearing, or have a speech disability, may use Relay or 7-1-1. Please contact the school system at least one (1) week in advance of the date the special accommodation is needed. Information concerning the Americans with Disabilities Act is available from the Director of Facilities or the Communications Officer: Raymond Prokop, Director of Facilities Management, 125 North Court Street, Westminster, Maryland  21157, (410) 751-3177, or Carey Gaddis, Communications Officer, 125 North Court Street, Westminster, Maryland  21157, (410) 751-3020.

 

 

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