LA PLATA, Md. – Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) continues to take steps toward resuming standard school system operations. This includes the recent reinstatement of 100 percent spectator access at school events along with concession sales, resuming out-of-county field trips, and welcoming volunteers back to schools. CCPS encourages staff, parents and families to talk with their family doctor about COVID-19 vaccination options. COVID-19 vaccinations are available for anyone ages 5 and older. The following includes updates and plans for the school system.
System eliminates mandatory COVID-19 screenings – effective Monday, Feb. 21
Effective Monday, Feb. 21, CCPS will no longer require student athletes or participants in extracurricular activities to test weekly for COVID-19 at school. Testing will now be optional for all students.
Parents who want to opt their child out of testing must log in to their Gene 20/20 Systems portal to opt their child out. This will prevent a student’s name from appearing on a screening list at their school. The portal is located here. Upon log in, parents can select Opt Out of Testing from the left menu. It may take up to two weeks for a student’s name to be removed from the weekly school roster.
Mask use during certain fine arts rehearsals and performances
Students who are participating in certain band, orchestra or other theater arts dress rehearsals or performances are not required to wear masks during an active performance. Students will be expected to wear their mask before and after their performance to comply with current regulations in place.
COVID-19 data and mask regulations in place
CCPS continues to monitor local, state and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) COVID-19 data, including vaccination numbers, transmission rates and positive cases in Charles County. The CCPS Office of School Safety and Security also manages contact tracing and COVID-19 data management for the school system. Data from recent weeks indicates a gradual decrease in COVID-19 positive cases in both CCPS as well as Charles County, which is guiding the school system’s efforts to resume normal activities for students, staff and families.
Current Maryland State Board of Education emergency regulations require the use of face masks in schools for all students, staff and visitors. Federal laws require the use of face masks on public transportation methods, including school buses. The state regulations do provide off-ramps, or criteria, for local school systems to follow when considering eliminating masks in schools. The off-ramps are outlined in a presentation posted here. CCPS will consider eliminating masks in schools when it meets one of the off-ramps outlined by state regulations, or the State Board of Education provides updated legal guidance. The State Board is set to meet on Feb. 22 to discuss mask regulations. Click here to read more from the State Board of Education.
CCPS will continue to post school system updates on its website at www.ccboe.com. Below is a visual of steps CCPS will implement in its return to standard operations.