Congratulations to Caroline County Public Schools Teacher of the Year!

Congratulations to Mashay Samuel, Caroline County Public Schools Teacher of the Year! Mrs. Samuel is a 2nd Grade Teacher at Lewis and Clark Elementary School. Mashay has been with Caroline County Public Schools since August 2017. Prior to this, she worked for Henrico County Public Schools. Mrs. Samuel received her Bachelor of Science degree from Longwood University and her Master’s of Education degree from Virginia State University.

Cynthia Brown, Principal, stated, “Mashay is a 2nd grade teacher that truly exhibits the best in the profession. She teaches to all the students’ needs and differentiates by addressing different learning styles and diverse needs. When I think of members of my teaching staff, Mrs. Samuel immediately comes to mind as a natural teacher, a leader, an advocate for all children, and a dedicated professional. Mrs. Samuel uses her outstanding human relations and communications skills to work with students, parents, and her colleagues. I am consistently impressed with the way that she knows each of her student’s academic and social skills levels. Finally, I would like to say that Mrs. Samuel is a dedicated, caring, kind, and an exuberant teacher that every principal hopes to have on staff.”

Mrs. Samuel will move forward to compete in the Region 3 Teacher of the Year process.
Caroline County Public Schools is proud to call Mashay Samuels its Teacher of the Year for the 2020-21 school year.

Mashay Samuel

Governor’s Order: COVID-19 2019-2020 School Closing

Schools Closed

This afternoon Governor Northam announced that K12 schools will be closed through the end of the 2019-2020 school year. The Commonwealth of Virginia has been closely monitoring the acceleration of COVID-19 throughout our communities, the state, and the nation. Public health remains the most critical focus during these unprecedented circumstances. As the Commonwealth implements an aggressive public health response to protect and care for our citizens, CCPS will continue to work collaboratively with the Caroline community and local agencies to ensure students’ and families’ needs are supported.

We understand that this announcement may generate a variety of questions and will require extensive communication in the coming days and weeks. Guidance will be provided from the Virginia Department of Education to school divisions within the next 24 hours regarding graduation requirements, standard and verified credits, continuity of instruction, grades, and special education services.

During such challenging times, let’s all remember that everyone has an unsuspected reserve of strength inside that emerges when life puts us to the test. Remember, we are better together, even when apart! #OneCaroline

Warmly,
Sarah Calveric, Ph.D.

UPDATE: “Grab and Go” Meal Distribution

Happy Saturday! Our “Grab and Go” meal distribution sites continue to serve approximately 1,100 meals per day! Based on our individual site data, CCPS has made two changes which will begin on Monday, 3/23:

  • Due to very low distribution numbers, the Upper Caroline Fire Dept. Site hours will now be 8:00a.m.-9:00a.m. 
  • The bus will then relocate to the Caroline County Visitor Center from 9:30-11:00 (Carmel Church). All other school and community site hours will remain the same.

Due to the extended closure (now through April 13), CCPS has requested permission from USDA to continue serving meals throughout Spring Break. Once approval is received, we will communicate greater information.

Thank you and stay well!

Sarah B. Calveric, Ph.D.

Superintendent
Caroline County Public Schools

Extended Closure

Dear CCPS Families, Faculty, and Staff:

During the COVID-19 closure, Caroline County Public Schools remains committed to serving our students and families – from providing “Grab and Go” meals at multiple schools and community sites, to conducting a deep clean of facilities and vehicles, to the development and distribution of PK-12 “Continuity of Learning” activities. Throughout every step, our team has worked tirelessly to support our school community during this extraordinary time. I am grateful for our staff’s #OneCaroline approach to communication, collaboration, and creative thinking and am equally appreciative of our community partners and families for your support and understanding as we navigate these very challenging circumstances.

Caroline County and CCPS remain under a state of emergency at the local, state, and national levels. Heightened safety protocols continue to be implemented including Governor Northam’s recent banning of gatherings of 10 or more people including restaurants, movie theaters, and gyms. In further consideration of public health, Caroline County Public Schools will be closed through April 13. This extension includes our previously scheduled Spring Break dates of Friday, April 3 through Monday, April 13. We will continue to monitor COVID-19 updates to determine if any further closures are necessary beyond this time.

As we work together to adjust and adapt to this extended closure, we recognize that there may be an increasing number of questions surfacing in your homes. Please take a moment to read over some of the most commonly shared questions (see below). As always, our school team continues to refine current services and discuss new methods to support the CCPS community during this time. Thank you for your continued encouragement – stay tuned for future updates.

Fondly,
Dr. Sarah Calveric
Superintendent

Testing: SOLs, SAT, ACT

The Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) is working with the US Department of Education to seek greater flexibility in these areas. Specifically, the VDOE has submitted an SOL waiver to the USDOE requesting SOL test exemption for all Virginia school divisions for the 19-20 school year. When we receive official approval from the VDOE, we will provide an update. The College Board has cancelled the March 14 SAT, the March 24 SAT Makeup Session, and the May 2 SAT. Students who have been impacted will receive refunds. The ACT has rescheduled its April 4 national test date for June 13, and impacted students will be notified about the process for rescheduling.

Food Service

Free curbside, “Grab and Go” meal distribution will continue Monday—Friday. Caroline youth, ages 18 and under, are eligible for one breakfast and one lunch meal per day throughout the extended closure.

  • School Sites: BGES, LCES, MES, CMS (8:00a.m.-1:00p.m.)
  • Community Sites:
    • NEW SITE – Caroline County Visitor Center (Carmel Church, 9:30-11:00a.m.)
    • Port Royal Town Hall, (Port Royal, 8:00-11:00a.m.)
    • Second Mount Zion Baptist Church (Dawn, 8:00-11:00a.m.)
    • TIME CHANGE – Upper Caroline Fire Department (Woodlawn, 8:00-9:00a.m.)

CCPS has submitted an application to USDA seeking approval to continue “Grab and Go” meal distribution during Spring Break. If approval is granted, information regarding Spring Break “Grab and Go” meals will be communicated.

Building Access and Staff Availability

All school division offices will remain closed to the public due to ongoing health and safety concerns. Essential personnel associated with transportation, maintenance, and food service departments remain on-site to support food preparation and distribution, deep cleaning and facility maintenance, and fleet management. Central office staff, school administrators, teachers, and support staff will continue to work remotely and be available to students and families via email. To access our employee email directory, please visit the Staff Directory page on the CCPS website.

“Continuity of Instruction” Activities

As a reminder, the learning activities created by our teachers and specialists are designed to reinforce skills and engage students in the continued practice of previously taught content. The “Continuity of Instruction” activities that were first made available on March 17th provide opportunities to support practice through April 2nd. When school reopens on April 14th, students will be expected to submit the following “Continuity of Instruction” activities:

  • Week 1 (3/16-3/20) = 1 activity per subject/course
  • Week 2 (3/23-3/27) = 1 activity per subject/course
  • Week 3 (3/30-4/2) = 1 activity per subject/course
  • Spring Break (4/3-4/13) = No activities are assigned over Spring Break
  • Week of 4/14-4/17 = Students will submit a total of three activities per subject/course

Our instructional team is already preparing learning materials and resources in the event that the Governor extends the COVID-19 closure beyond our already scheduled Spring Break. If notified that closures will extend past Spring Break, additional “Continuity of Instruction” activities will be provided. We will communicate updates as more details become available.

COVID-19 Update

Boy are we missing your students’ faces! Despite their absence, we are continuing to plan and implement on their behalf. For example, in addition to distributing 1,212 “Grab and Go” meals today, we are committed to deep cleaning, crafting messages to keep you well-informed, and completing advance preparations for the possibility of an extended closure. Of course, as new information becomes available, we will be certain to roll it out in a responsible and timely manner via BlackBoard email, BlackBoard phone calls, CCPS website, and our Facebook page. If you have not yet “followed” our Caroline County Public Schools’ Facebook page, please consider doing so to remain abreast of current and future announcements, reminders, and celebrations.

While “Grab and Go” meal sites will continue to run through Friday, March 27 (no weekend service), the school division will be closed to the public from March 19-March 27. Please note, staff members are telecommuting and are accessible via email. Please utilize the following building contacts to communicate emergency needs:

  • Bowling Green ES – Ms. Cynthia Heckstall, Principal (checkstall@ccps.us)
  • Lewis and Clark ES – Mrs. Cynthia Brown, Principal (cbrown@ccps.us)
  • Madison ES – Ms. Teresa Hicks, Principal (thicks@ccps.us)
  • Caroline MS – Mr. Darin Thompson, (dathomspon@ccps.us)
  • Caroline HS – Mr. Joshua Just, (jjust@ccps.us)
  • School Board Office – Dr. Herbert Monroe, Asst. Superintendent (hmonroe@ccps.us)
  • SBO Food Service Department – 804-633-6732 (Hours, 8:00am-2:00pm)

As we move forward with social distancing measures, we hope that each family is able to establish a feasible balance of physical activity, academic learning (online at www.ccps.us or hard copy), electronics/technology, and creative pursuits. Thank you for your support. We wish you health and wellness in the coming days.

Fondly,

Sarah Calveric, Ph.D.
Superintendent of Schools.

CCPS COVID-19 Update

While we continue to adjust our daily lives in response to the global health crisis, we find ourselves feeling a sense of gratitude that extends well beyond our CCPS walls. Today we were able to serve 1,040 “Grab and Go” meals to 520 Caroline youth. Because of our collaboration with community sites, church volunteers, building staff, the sheriff’s office, the food services department, and the transportation department, we provided curbside assistance to our Caroline families. We hope to serve even more students and youth, 18 and under, tomorrow from 8-1 at the four school sites or 8-11 at the three community sites.

Grab and Go meals information (PDF)

Today was also the “go live” date for our Continuity of Instruction plan and website. Families with Internet access were able to visit the CCPS Continuity of Instruction site to view online activities broken down by grade level and course/subject. School teams also began providing access to hard copy activity packets (for those without Internet) and medication and will continue this curbside distribution tomorrow from 8:00-4:00. While we recognize the “at-home” challenges associated with the state-required “Continuity of Education” plans, we hope these activities and resources will support your child in sharpening his/her skills and applying learning in meaningful ways during the closure. As a reminder, all students will be required to turn in two activities per course/subject upon our return to school the week of March 30. These activities will be reviewed for completion and assigned participation grades. Should the Governor extend the COVID-19 closure beyond this date, new “Continuity of Education” materials will be provided with updated directions.

Thank you again for your support during this time. Stay well!

Sarah B. Calveric, Ph.D.
CCPS Superintendent