Due to the coronavirus pandemic impacting our county and community, the Board of Education is currently conducting its meetings in a virtual format until the pandemic abates and the appropriate restrictions that are in place are lifted. 

Unfortunately, these adjustments will not make it possible for live public participation during the meetings.  Citizens may watch the meetings live on Channel 21 or our website, but do not have the opportunity to speak during the meeting.  The Board, however, remains interested in receiving public input on the topics we discuss.  Therefore, we encourage citizens to provide comments to the Board via email.  Alternatively, citizens may send written comments to the Board through the US mail.

Comments received will be posted below:
 

Date ​Submitted By ​Comments
​May 13, 2020

​Teresa Basler McCulloh, President
Carroll County Education Association

Good evening Superintendent Lockard, Members of the Board of Education and Commissioner Frazier,

I’m Teresa Basler McCulloh, President of the Carroll County Education Association who represents the dedicated, hard-working teachers, counselors, RNs, Speech and Language Providers, OTs, and PTs who are navigating uncharted territory with great effort, thought, time and energy.

It’s a whole new world! We’ve certainly made history and our teachers took off out of the gate. Distance learning has been up and running for weeks. Our nurses are now working on the frontline at a Health Department Call Center. CCPS is ahead of the plan compared to other counties. Words cannot express how thankful and proud we are of our members!

I’d like to extend gratitude to all those persons who thanked a teacher last week during “Teacher Appreciation Week”. “National School Nurse Day” had a whole new meaning this year! Notes, gifts, signs and all other tokens of appreciation were valued. Our educators always go over and beyond educating students. However, during this pandemic, there’s an area on which they are focused. This bargaining unit is displaying a genuine care and concern for their students’ well-being, safety, and mental health in ways we could never imagine. Educators miss their students incredibly. They look forward to the day they will be back in classrooms filled with students. Nothing can replace personal interactions! Educators are doing their BEST!

Thank you!

May 26, 2020​ Anthony Mikalauskas

As our world has changed, so should our mindset in what type infrastructure CCPS needs to stay competitive as we move forward. Any and all master plans from this point on should address how the BOE will work with county commissioners to implement reliable and affordable internet access for ALL households throughout the county. The inequities regarding internet access have been thrust into the spotlight. We cannot accept the status quo and must make a strong case for addressing this issue not only in the CCPS facilities master plan, but also in the overall county budget.

​May 26, 2020 ​Olivia Mason Please allow for funding to give Liberty High School air conditioning in the gymnasiums. It gets so hot in the summers with gym class and sports practices. Our school has very high-performing sports programs, yet still have completely uncomfortable and hot gyms. This has been an issue for a long time and the student body has spoken up about it for years but we just don’t have the funding. Please consider us!
​May 14, 2020 ​Sharon Bonner ​I know at BEST fall will need soc dist etc. if not same as current with online/paper depending on student. I was thinking... not fun or ideal but... perhaps those who are managing online/at home okay could have option to volunteer to continue in order to assist w/soc dist? I would volunteer for the greater good, even though we would all rather have in person learning. Or even alternating schedules-again, not ideal & not feasible for many but for those able MWF/TuTh in person to cut class sizes. I understand better than most that many kids must have routine as both my boys required routine & IEP & 1:1 through elementary at least! But even a few/class would help. Just a thought. I am sooooooooo grateful for all the insane amount of extra work all teachers etc have had since COVID!! It hurts “my” head just thinking about how all had to learn new software & skills & completely rethink everything for the year & so much more... We are grateful beyond words for all CCPS from teachers & specialists & admin to janitorial & bus drivers & hourly folks out of work to all those in Home Office/Board of Ed. THANK YOU!!
​June 5, 2020 ​Charlie Ferguson

My name is Charlie Ferguson. I am a concerned citizen, graduate of Westminster High School, and a first time voter.

I am writing on behalf of students, teachers, parents, and other who have supported the petition linked below. We would like this acknowledged at the upcoming Board of Education meeting on June 10th. Please consider using your role in the school system to support these goals and continue this conversation on race and representation.

Sincerely,

Those impacted by the CCPS education

http://chng.it/Gmh2VZPT

​July 8, 2020 ​Andrew Tucker

I do not feel comfortable, as some Board Members feel, in attending meetings in person; therefore, I’d like to pose the following questions for tomorrow’s meeting: 1. What if a child dies of COVID? What if a teacher or staff member does? Where are the mental health resources for that? 2. If a teacher gets COVID, do all their students have to quarantine for 2 weeks? The whole school? If a student gets it do all their teachers and classmates stay home? Administration? 3. There weren’t enough subs before the pandemic. Where will they come from now, especially if people are getting sick? And if a teacher gets sick and there is no sub, where do their students go? You can't split them up with other teachers like we've been doing in elementary schools because of distancing and de-densifying the spaces 4. Many carriers of COVID are asymptomatic. No fever, no cough, nothing. So how do we know when to stay home? Who to let into the school building every day? 5. Are we requiring students and staff to wear masks (like many states have down for public gatherings)? It has always been hard to enforce compliance with cell phones, earbuds, dress code, noise level in the cafeteria, teens making out behind the vending machine, vaping in the bathroom, not washing hands, etc...how are we going to pretend that wearing masks is going to be enforceable? Or that hand washing is enforceable? And what do we do about the cafeteria where kids have to take off masks to, you know, eat? 6. I see healthcare professionals crowdfunding for PPE...will school employees have to do that? 7. Where is the training for teachers to learn how to properly sanitize their areas multiple times a day while also teaching in person and online, and keeping an eye on every single child in case they become symptomatic, while enforcing mask usage on top of all the other enforcements? 8. Are we asking teachers to choose between their job or ever seeing their elderly parent again at least until a vaccine is created? Or their medically vulnerable child? Or even putting themselves at risk if they are immunocompromised? 9. Will there be a least restrictive online environment for students who can't wear masks due to their disability or IEP? Thank you.

July 8, 2020​ ​Kemuel Halasz

My son attends Freedom Elementary School in Eldersburg, MD. During the FY 2019-2020 school year he was in the first grade. He had 28 kids in his classroom. Freedom is over capacity and it is impacting kids ability learn. While there was a curve call with COVID this year, that does not change the need to address over capacity. This is particularly relevant for the medium and long term. This is something redistricting alone can not solve. These kids will eventually move on to Oklahoma Middle School and Liberty High School. What is the 3 and 5 year plan for building elementary, middle school, and high schools?

​July 8, 2020

Briana Goodman

Hello, My name is Briana Goodman and my twins will be attending Cranberry Station Elementary as incoming kindergarteners in the fall. I was unable to attend this evenings meeting. I am currently visiting family in Arizona. In Arizona my family and I contracted COVID 19. 4 adults, and 2 5 year olds. This sickness is nothing to be trifled with. Children can get it. I am fully in support of reduced school capacity and blended virtual learning. Opening just to open is dangerous and short sighted, not to mention disrespectful to teachers and support staff. I personally would like to know how teachers will be protected and supported during this reopening. Thank you for your time.