Caroline County Public Schools ~ Technology & Internet Safety

Technology and the Internet can be wonderful resources for kids. They can use these tools to conduct research, communicate and collaborate with educators and peers near and far. These tools can also be used to create innovative products that demonstrate student knowledge, interact with online textbooks, and utilize online education programs/games. The introduction of the CCPS 1:1 Chromebook initiative has provided equity and access to all 6th through 12th grade students and enhanced our faculty and students’ ability to naturally integrate college and career skills that will support our Cavalier graduates.
Online access also comes with risks, such as inappropriate content, cyberbullying, and online predators. This month’s national coverage of the Momo Challenge hoax partnered with recent community conversation regarding students’ online behaviors are critical reminders of the need for educational organizations and parents to remain vigilant regarding our children’s Internet usage. Together we can help our students learn to navigate technology usage, understand Internet etiquette, and reap the many benefits of being a responsible digital citizen.

CCPS Digital Safety Measures

CCPS uses a variety of technical means to filter and restrict the content and applications available to students including, but not limited to, internet content filtering, application whitelisting, and age-appropriate email communication restrictions. In addition to these measures, CCPS has recently implemented the following digital safety tactics:

Only CCPS issued Google email accounts can be accessed at home and in school on CCPS-issued Chromebooks.
Chromebooks screens are randomly monitored through the use of LanSchool. Several classes are piloting this tool to monitor students’ Chromebook usage during the school day and assist with appropriate digital learning.

Moving Forward

Host CCPS/Sheriff Office parent/student social media session. (April)
Create and distribute parent digital safety video clips (sent via BlackBoard email & FB).
Implement additional student lessons and professional development for teachers.
Conduct 1:1 Advisory Committee Meetings to discuss internet connectivity, safety, and innovation.

Parental Supervision
Parents’ awareness of their child’s digital footprint is critical to Internet safety. Knowing what your student sees and hears on the Internet, who he/she meets, and what is shared about his/herself supports age-appropriate digital literacy and citizenship. Talk with your student, use tools to protect him/her, and keep an eye on digital activity. Visit National Online Safety and Common Sense Media for additional resources on social media and Internet safety.

VIEW DIVISION EDUCATION, AWARENESS and ACCOUNTABILITY RESOURCES ON THE CCPS WEBSITE:
Digital Citizenship Agreement ~ Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) ~ 1:1 Parent Informational Video

Superintendent Community Message

Good evening, Caroline families! This is Sarah Calveric, Superintendent of Schools. Over the past month, the nation, inclusive of Caroline County Public Schools, has engaged in candid dialogue regarding societal matters, which affect our school-aged children every day. Recent media coverage has shone light on the daily challenges our students face including the recent Kid You Tube MoMo Challenge, the dangers and impact of irresponsible technology and social media usage, and most recently the use of physical violence at CHS to resolve peer conflict.

Our students’ safety is of the utmost importance to CCPS faculty and staff. While we are proud of the numerous safety measures and partnerships that are currently embraced within our buildings and classrooms, our collective growth mindset causes us to pause and reflect on opportunities for continued improvement. In the coming days and weeks, each Caroline school will revisit existing safety measures and identify any necessary refinements or enhancements. The IT Department will provide families with an overview of the 6th-12th 1:1 Chromebook initiative and accompanying tips to support parental oversight of technology devices within the home environment. The school division will continue to develop social emotional learning supports as well as partner with the Caroline County Sheriff’s Office, the Student Health Advisory Board, and the Safe and Drug Free Schools Committee to ensure preventive measures and response mechanisms are highly operational.

The final and most critical step to this internal and external safety audit, if you will, is the collaborative partnership between the schools and students, families, and community stakeholders. While CCPS is bolstered and motivated by the goodness we see in our PreK-12 students each day, we know there remains much work to do to ensure every Cavalier graduate is equipped with the skills needed for a Caroline 3E: Enrollment, Enlistment and/or Employment. I ask you to consider, how can you be part of this movement… this #OneCaroline? Join a new committee, volunteer in the schools, report peer concerns anonymously to Silence Hurts (on each school’s website), monitor your child’s social media, reach out to a counselor or administrator with questions, and finally… let’s change the CCPS narrative together. If we do not tell our own story, someone else will – and there is much to be proud of in Caroline!

Thank you for your time. We look forward to welcoming students back to school tomorrow!

Sarah Calveric, Ph.D.
Superintendent
Caroline County Public Schools

CCPS Celebrates Black History Month

Excitement was in the air as schools were actively engaged in celebrating Black History Month. Caroline County Public Schools has long recognized the legacy and achievements of African Americans that made immense contributions to Caroline, Virginia, and the country. Schools in Caroline County provided opportunities for students to learn about the rich cultural and historical heritage through literature, fine arts, lessons, activities, and programs. Bowling Green Elementary School’s fourth grade class created and displayed a Living History Wax Museum. Lewis and Clark Elementary students paired together to role-play and create a video to interview famous African Americans such as Joe Louis and Harriet Tubman. Madison Elementary School created a Black History Gallery and showcased student work in the hallways with poetry, posters, and narratives. Caroline Middle School students researched and honored famous African Americans with door decorations. Caroline High School students presented history information, performed songs and recited poetry during the Black History Extravaganza.

Student Quilt
Black History Month Quilt

door
Black History Month Door

Students with microphone
LCES students role-playing

student dressed in suit
BGE’s Living History Wax Museum

students on stage
Black History Extravaganza

Caroline County Teachers of the Year 2019 – 2020

Caroline County Public Schools is excited to recognize the Teachers of the Year at all schools.

  • Bowling Green Elementary – Kristi Thomas, Fourth Grade Teacher
  • Lewis and Clark Elementary – Carol Yonkin, Fourth Grade Teacher
  • Madison Elementary – Jamee Prewitt, Reading Coach
  • Caroline Middle School – Kristy Ellis, Science Teacher
  • Caroline High School – Sharon Williams, Sign Language Teacher

PowerSchool Mobile App News

Hello CCPS parents,

The CCPS Technology Department is aware of on-going issues related to the PowerSchool mobile app not displaying all student information. PowerSchool is currently working on these issues, and we wanted to share the latest updates from the company on them.

Here is the latest correspondence from PowerSchool support about the issue for the Parent/Student mobile app for iOS and Android devices.

“Thank you for your patience. It appears that the problem you are experiencing is related to a known issue. There will be a future update for the iOS app, but a timeline has not been mentioned.”

Please know that you are still able to check students grades and attendance through the CCPS Parent Portal as it is not affected by the app issue.

We will keep you updated as PowerSchool updates us.

Thank you for your patience,

CCPS Technology Department