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.
Caroline County Public Schools