12/31/21 Letter from the Superintendent - January Return to School
Happy New Year! We are so happy to welcome our students and staff back on Monday, January 3, after a restful winter break. We will be ringing in the new year tomorrow and our resolution for 2022 is to keep our schools open for students and staff.
09/27/2021 Letter from the Superintendent - Masking Update
At the beginning of this year, we shared that our decision-making for determining when masks would be worn in our school buildings would be based on the level of community transmission in St. Mary’s County. Since that time, the State Board of Education and the Maryland General Assembly have voted to enact COMAR 13A.01.06, Face Coverings in School Facilities. This regulation requires everyone to wear a face covering while in a public school facility, with certain exceptions. Those exceptions are delineated in our revised protocols.
08/11/2021 Letter from Superintendent - Back to School
We are so excited to welcome our students back for the 2021-2022 school year! On Monday, August 30, 2021, our doors will open to our students with a normal schedule and face-to-face instruction, five days a week. Please be sure to visit our website, www.smcps.org, for our Back to School resources page that includes information about school open houses, school supply lists, transportation, and school lunches, as well as direct links to each school’s website.
To view summaries and links to our ongoing communications refer to the following pages:
Recovery Plan Report
Throughout Summer 2020, St. Mary’s County Public Schools worked with stakeholders - parents, students, staff, and community members - to develop its recovery plan for the Fall 2020 Safe Return to School. Updates to this plan were provided in ongoing Covid 19 communications, as well as through the February 2021 Addendum, and the August 2021 Reopening Plan, linked below.
The planning process addressed key questions:
- How will we support students’ recovery of learning, including addressing learning gaps and accelerating academic success?
- How will we support students’ social and emotional needs as they transition back to full-time school schedules?
- How will we rethink delivery models for instruction, programs, and student services?
- How will we adapt and institute procedures for a safe return to school?
These reflective questions encourage us to learn from the experiences of the spring closure, with a focus on moving forward in planning for a safe and productive instructional program for our students. The plan is a product of a continued review of data and current health conditions, as well as ongoing stakeholder input. Our work is examined through the lens of equity and excellence and ensures the health and safety of our students and staff.
Recovery Plan Document (August 2020)
Addendum to Recovery Plan (February 2021)
ESSER III Grant (July 2021)
Reopening Plan Document (August 2021)
St. Mary's County Public Schools continues to track state-wide, regional, and school system data related to COVID-19 and the SMCPS Recovery Plan. This page provides data related to confirmed COVID-19 cases.
07/29/2021 Letter from Superintendent - Revised Guidance
This week, the CDC issued recommendations for reinstating masking protocols in public indoor settings in areas of substantial or high transmission of COVID-19. The St. Mary’s County Health Department followed by issuing a Public Health Advisory and provided a letter with “strong recommendations” to the school system to consider reissuing masking protocols in order to reduce the spread of COVID-19.