Updated on March 27, 2020
Under the direction of the State Superintendent of Schools, all Maryland public schools, including CCPS, will remain closed through April 24, 2020. All CCPS and non-CCPS sponsored activities in school facilities are canceled.
Assignments and Coursework:
- The expected start date for students to begin distance-learning coursework will be March 30th. Please have students check their school email daily to receive information and updates from their teachers.
- Teachers will use a variety of platforms for instruction including Google Classroom, Microsoft Office 365, and Microsoft Teams. Each of these platforms is connected to the student’s email addresses. For information about your student’s email address, please see Emails below.
- Your student has access to Office 365, which provides web-based versions of Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook for email, OneNote, Teams and 1TB of storage space for documents. Information on how to access Office 365 from home can be found on the CHS website https://www.carrollk12.org/schools/high/chs (click on the link under Tools and Resources).
- Students will use their CCPS email address and password to log into Google Classroom. For more information on Google Classroom, please see Google Classroom below.
- If your student has technical issues accessing email or other CCPS programs, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance.
- For students unable to access distance learning, WHS administrative staff along with the Pupil Personnel Worker and some support staff will be working to establish a weekly process to communicate and get packets to students.
- Additional learning resources for students can be found HERE
- Information about the 2020 AP Tests can be found HERE
- The Board of Education of Carroll County will hold a special meeting on Wednesday, April 1, 2020, at 10:00 a.m. The purpose of the meeting is to provide an informational update regarding the impact of COVID-19 on the school system. In keeping with the Governor’s directive to limit gatherings to no more than 10 people, this will be a virtual meeting. 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 Board of Education will hold its regular monthly meeting on Wednesday, April 8, at 5:00 p.m. This also will be a virtual meeting.
CCPS Distance Learning Plan:
- The full CCPS Distance Learning Plan and Resources can be found at HERE
- The student’s CCPS email address is their school active directory username combined with @star.carrollk12.org. For example, if John E. Smith’s AD username is his 3 initials + 4 random numbers then his email would be JESxxxx@star.carrollk12.org.
- The student’s username and password are the same ones used when logging in to programs at school. If your child does not know their username or password, parents can now see it by logging into Home Access Center and Clicking on the Registration Tab.
- Students should check their email daily for updates from their teachers.
- Breakfast and lunch is available to ALL children age 18 and under. Children do not need to be enrolled in school to receive free meals, but children must be present to receive meals. A drive through service is available.
South Carroll HS Parking Lot Pick up 10 AM - NOON, 1300 W. Old Liberty Road, Sykesville, MD 21784
- The Google Guide for parents can be found HERE
- Student video tutorials can be found HERE
- To help families establish a schedule, office hours have been established for each level to send and receive information from students and parents. The office hours for high school are 1-3 pm Monday through Friday. Teachers may send material at other times, but this guide helps establish a pattern for students.
- Service learning opportunities are still available under quarantine and while social distancing. Some ideas:
- Students can reach out to local nursing home facilities to arrange a virtual visit using video conferencing software.
- Students can contact Project Linus, Casey Cares, Kids Helping Hopkins, Cool Kids Campaign, The Ronald McDonald House, Believe in Tomorrow , and The Children’s Inn at NIH, etc. to inquire on ways that they can provide support.
- Students could also engage in advocacy projects from home: emailing leaders advocating on issues on which students have conducted research and want to see policy changes; creating social media campaigns on various issues, including promoting critical COVID-19 safe behaviors such as the need to physically distance ourselves from one another.
- All service learning hours during the time of school closure can be submitted via the online form which can be found on the school website under the School Forms Tab> School Counseling.
- Please contact Mrs. L. Fraser, Service Learning Coordinator with questions at email@example.com .
WiFi and hotspots:
- School WiFi is accessible from school parking lots.
- Xfinity/Comcast is offering free access to their hotspots in the community at no charge for the next 60 days, including non X-finity subscribers. Additional information is available via this link: https://wifi.xfinity.com/. For a map of Xfinity WiFi hotspots, visit https://www.xfinity.com/wifi. Once at a hotspot, consumers should select the “xfinitywifi” network name in the list of available hotspots and then launch a browser.”
- TING Westminster is providing “Park and WiFi” at the Conway Lot located at 27 Railroad Ave (the location of the downtown Westminster Farmer’s Market)