CCPS Remote Learning Day – Friday, January 21, 2022

Due to continued wintry weather, below freezing overnight temperatures, and hazardous road conditions, CCPS will implement a remote learning/work day for students and all employees on Friday, January 21, 2022 (no essential employees to report).

The CCPS Food Service teams distributed breakfast and lunch items to all students before dismissal in preparation for a potential remote learning day. Teachers have completed the necessary preparatory work for students to be fully equipped with asynchronous assignments. Secondary students have accessed and downloaded assignments from Schoology, and students in grades PreK through 5 received instructional packets that support the continuation of meaningful learning. Students are required to complete all assignments prior to their return. General education and special education teachers will host student office hours from 10:00am-12:00pm. Students and/or parents will be able to connect with teachers via email, DoJo or SeeSaw, and Schoology conferences for grades 6-12.

The CCPS Virtual Academy (3rd-5th) students will complete their off-line lessons on Schoology, while Virtual Virginia (grades 6-12) students will continue with a full day of virtual instruction.

All after school and evening extra-curricular activities are also canceled.

Next week’s forecast looks promising for a 5-day week!!! We look forward to students returning in-person on Monday, January 24. Be safe!

CCPS Masking Update

As shared earlier this week and reported by many statewide media outlets, school divisions across the Commonwealth are reviewing Governor Youngkin’s Executive Order 2 (effective January 24, 2022) to determine masking protocols for PK-12 students. We are certain that many households have been engaging in similar conversations and wondering how this may impact Caroline County Public Schools.

What CCPS masking protocol will be in effect beginning January 24, 2022?

CCPS will follow Virginia and Federal laws and continue to implement layered mitigation strategies including masking for all students, staff, and visitors inside school buildings and on CCPS buses/cars. 

What resources were considered by CCPS when reviewing the Governor’s EO2? 

  • Senate Bill 1303 – Virginia law requiring all public school divisions to provide in-person instruction while adhering, to the maximum extent practicable, to any currently applicable mitigation strategies provided by the CDC for education programs. 
  • CDC Guidelines for K12: CDC recommends indoor masking by all students (ages 2 years and older), staff, teachers, and visitors to K-12 schools, regardless of vaccination status.
  • Caroline County COVID-19 Data: The VDH database (1/17/22) reports the following for Caroline County – high community transmission (red), 1,481 cases, and a 44.6% positivity rate. 
  • CCPS COVID-19 Data: Data reflect increased positive cases (137) and quarantines (247) in staff and students since return from winter/snow break on January 11, 2022. 
  • Safety of Students and Staff: A review of attendance data and staffing shortages align with increased numbers of positive cases and quarantines. 

How can I remain informed of CCPS COVID-19 data, mitigation practices, and updates? 

CCPS stakeholders can visit the COVID-19 resource page on our website which contains the Data Dashboard, COVID-19 definitions, and CCPS protocols. Additionally, division leadership will continue to provide monthly updates at the regularly scheduled School Board meetings. 

CCPS recognizes the varied, individual perspectives associated with masking. As a School Division, we are charged with making a wide array of decisions for the collective safety of nearly 4,200 students and 700 employees while also fulfilling our legal responsibility to provide in-person instruction in the midst of a health pandemic. While no single masking decision aligns with every person’s desired outcome, we hope this information supports greater understanding as we continue to evaluate the impact of evolving pandemic guidance. 

New CHS Football Coach Hired

On January 10, 2022, the Caroline County School Board appointed Mr. Gerard Johnson as Caroline High School’s varsity football head coach. Mr.Johnson is a former All State, 2-time All Metro, Central District Player of the Year from Meadowbrook High School in Chester, Virginia. He started over twenty games in his collegiate career at Old Dominion and Norfolk State University and played professionally overseas in Italy, Finland, and Sweden.

Mr. Johnson is a graduate of Norfolk State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Mass Communications. After graduation, Mr. Johnson served for several years as an assistant football coach for L.C. Bird in Chester, Virginia under his former high school coach, Troy Taylor. During this time, he also served as the team’s strength and conditioning coach. Currently, Mr. Johnson serves as a special education teacher and assistant basketball coach for Pottstown High School in Pottstown, Pennsylvania. In addition, Mr. Johnson has been an assistant football coach at Owen Roberts HS in Pottstown for both the varsity and middle school football programs. 

Caroline County is excited to welcome Mr. Johnson, who will begin as a Caroline High School special education teacher and head varsity football coach on Tuesday, January 18.

CCPS Budget Awareness, Education, and Advocacy

Educational leaders and School Boards are strategic. We are strategic in our thinking, planning, and analysis. We work with data daily, triangulating sources so legitimate problems of practice can be rooted out and problem solved. We identify multiple tactics and work collaboratively to operationalize the most feasible and impactful solution. We rely upon open communication, transparency, and well defined processes to support our team in developing the most viable plans and related financials. 

When integrity of process or decision making is called into question, CCPS anchors our response in data sets that naturally convey the factual story. We are intentional in our efforts to avoid “narrow” analysis (single lens or source) which can lead to incomplete interpretations and gross misunderstandings. For example, recent social media posts document external insinuations of the school division’s “waning support” of employee compensation paired with “underutilized increased annual budgets.” This narrative could not be more inaccurate and misaligned with the School Board’s ethical and professional norms, commitment to sound fiscal stewardship, and lastly – ongoing advocacy for regionally competitive salaries. 

To demonstrate a more comprehensive picture, click HERE and consider the following CCPS data points: Annual Operating Budget Overview, FY22 Instruction Budget Category, Historical Overview – Instruction Budget, and Historical Overview – Total Operating Budget Year End Funds.

We remain firmly committed to respectful conversation, healthy collaboration, and sound practices and procedures. We will continue to support enhanced financial education, awareness, and advocacy for our constituents, students, and employees. Finally, we encourage you to remain involved throughout the budget season (click HERE to view Budget Calendar) as we extend an open invitation to join the School Board and the CCPS team in advocating for a fully funded, needs-based budget inclusive of employee compensation for fiscal year 2023. 

In education,

Dr. JoWanda Rollins-Fells

School Board Chair

 

Dr. Sarah Calveric

Superintendent

 

 

Newly Deployed Wifi Trailers

Wifi Trailer

Caroline County Public Schools is excited to announce the deployment of six (6) wifi trailers to add an additional method of connectivity for our students and community. We have partnered with local churches and organizations that have graciously allowed us to use their grounds to park the trailers. The locations of each trailer are listed below. All trailers have documentation on how to connect, and a point of contact should anything need maintenance or repair. The property owner is not a point of contact for questions or concerns. We hope that this added layer of connectivity is beneficial to the community and students of Caroline County Public Schools.

Thank you to the following locations for your support:

  • Round Oak Baptist Church
  • Salem Baptist Church
  • Reedy Church Ruritan Club
  • Rehoboth United Methodist Church
  • County Line Baptist Church
  • Cardinal Baptist Church (available 12/15)

Location Map Link

Vote for Your Preferred CCPS 2022-2023 Instructional Calendar

Our dedicated Calendar Committee has drafted two instructional calendar options for the 2022-2023 school year and we would like your feedback.

Weigh in on your choice for Caroline County Public Schools’ calendar for 2022-23 by voting online for your preferred version. The calendar drafts both seek to accomplish a variety of ends, such as a Pre-Labor-Day start, instructional planning, 3-weekend winter break, a full week for spring break, clerical and professional learning time for teachers; and observance of numerous federal holidays. Your feedback will be reviewed and considered in proposing a final draft to be adopted by the School Board in February or March of 2022. 

Review the two drafts and then vote for your choice by clicking  HERE.   Deadline for voting is DECEMBER 15.

Together, we will design an academic calendar that supports high quality teaching and learning. 

2022-23 Instructional Calendar A

2022-23 Instructional Calendar B