Education

C. Paul Barnhart Elementary School in Waldorf Honored As National ESEA Distinguished School

C. Paul Barnhart Elementary School in Waldorf Honored As National ESEA Distinguished School

C. Paul Barnhart Elementary School — known to some as “the hidden gem on Lancaster Circle” — is a community school where staff and parents work together to ensure students get the most out of their education. “We make the building a really positive environment and a place full of support for all students,”...
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Charles County Public Schools Updates Current School Year Calendar, Period End Date for Students

Charles County Public Schools Updates Current School Year Calendar, Period End Date for Students

Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) has made updates to the current school year calendar, including a marking period date change and the addition of early dismissal days to support staff. The end of the second marking period for students moves from Wednesday, Jan. 19, to Wednesday, Jan. 26. Students missed four days of school...
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St. Mary’s County Commissioner Meeting Rollup – January 11, 2022

St. Mary’s County Commissioner Meeting Rollup – January 11, 2022

The Commissioners of St. Mary’s County held their first regular business meeting of the new year in the Chesapeake Building Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2022. The Commissioners recognized two retirees from the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office; Harold Young and Michael Gardiner. Dr. Meenakshi Brewster, county health officer, provided the monthly COVID-19 brief to the...
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Charles County Board of Education Honors Students for Academic Achievement, Personal Responsibility, and Career Readiness

Charles County Board of Education Honors Students for Academic Achievement, Personal Responsibility, and Career Readiness

The Board of Education at its Jan. 11 meeting honored four Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) students. School principals annually select one student and staff member for Board recognition. Students are honored for accomplishments in the areas of academic achievement, career readiness and personal responsibility. Honored at the meeting were Kevin Mejia-Trochez of J.P....
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Police in Charles County Investigating Threats of Mass Violence at St. Charles High School

Police in Charles County Investigating Threats of Mass Violence at St. Charles High School

On January 9, 2022, the Charles County Sheriff’s Office received two calls regarding alleged threats of mass violence at St. Charles High School that would occur sometime this week. A preliminary investigation revealed several students at the school were followed on Instagram by two separate unknown accounts which contained a post of a photo...
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Charles County Public School Students to Return for In-Person Learning Monday, January 10, 2022

Charles County Public School Students to Return for In-Person Learning Monday, January 10, 2022

Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) students will return to in-person learning on Monday, Jan. 10. CCPS will operate on a normal schedule of in-person learning and continues to work closely with the Charles County Department of Health to monitor COVID-19 data, positive cases and discuss necessary quarantine measures. The following are important CCPS updates...
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Operating Schedule for Charles County Government on Friday, January 7, 2022

Operating Schedule for Charles County Government on Friday, January 7, 2022

During weather events or other emergency events, this web page will be updated to reflect the operating status of Charles County Government Facilities. Click below for the service you are obtaining a status for. Updated: Friday, Jan. 7, at 4:45 a.m.  County snow operations or to report a concern: click here. Charles County Government Building:...
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Calvert County Government Offices to Open at 10:30 a.m., Friday, Jan. 7

Calvert County Government Offices to Open at 10:30 a.m., Friday, Jan. 7

Calvert County Government offices will open at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Jan. 7, 2022, due to inclement weather, with liberal leave in effect. Employees must contact their supervisors to request liberal leave. Calvert County Circuit Court will also open to employees at 10:30 a.m. with liberal leave in effect; court proceedings will begin at 11...
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St. Mary’s County Government Offices Operating Under Delayed Opening Friday, Jan. 7, 2022

St. Mary’s County Government Offices Operating Under Delayed Opening Friday, Jan. 7, 2022

Winter weather across the area has brought snow and may cause hazardous travel conditions. Drivers are reminded to slow down and use caution while traveling. As such, St. Mary’s County Government administrative offices will open at 10 a.m. Friday, Jan. 7, 2022. Liberal leave remains in effect for employees. The Department of Recreation and...
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School/Government Delays and Closures for Friday, January 7, 2022

School/Government Delays and Closures for Friday, January 7, 2022

Due to inclement weather conditions the following closures and delays have been announced for Friday, January 7, 2022. Check back for updates. St. Mary’s County St. Mary’s County Public Schools: All SMCPS Schools have a delayed opening of two hours on Friday, January 7, 2022.AM Pre-Kindergarten and AM Head Start students will not have school....
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Calvert County Public Schools will be CLOSED Wednesday, January 5, 2022

Calvert County Public Schools will be CLOSED Wednesday, January 5, 2022

Calvert County Public Schools will be CLOSED Wednesday, January 5, 2022. CODE YELLOW Conditions may be dangerous but are anticipated to improve so as to allow employees to safely get to work. Schools closed for all students and 10- and 11-month employees. All emergency personnel report as usual. The 12-month non-emergency staff should report...
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St. Mary’s County Public Schools Delayed 2-Hour Opening on Wednesday, January 5, 2022.

St. Mary’s County Public Schools Delayed 2-Hour Opening on Wednesday, January 5, 2022.

Schools Two Hour Delay: All SMCPS Schools have a delayed opening of two hours on Wednesday, January 5, 2022. AM Pre-Kindergarten and AM Head Start students will not have school. There will be classes for PM Pre-Kindergarten and PM Head Start students. Employee Code 5: St. Mary’s County Public Schools have a delayed opening...
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Calvert County Government Offices Closed Tuesday, January 4, 2022 Due to Winter Weather

Calvert County Government Offices Closed Tuesday, January 4, 2022 Due to Winter Weather

Calvert County Government offices will be closed Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2022, due to the ongoing impacts of inclement weather. Calvert County Circuit Court and District Court will also be closed. Road conditions in the county are expected to remain hazardous overnight and into Tuesday. The Calvert County Department of Public Safety advises motorists to...
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St. Mary’s County Government Offices Closed Tuesday, January 4, 2022

St. Mary’s County Government Offices Closed Tuesday, January 4, 2022

The National Weather Service Winter Weather Warning for St. Mary’s County has expired, but the mixed precipitation and below-freezing temperatures can cause hazardous travel conditions and power outages. As such, St. Mary’s County Government administrative offices will be closed Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2022. Liberal leave is in effect and employees must contact their supervisors...
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Justice Department Awards More Than $100 Million to Support Youth

Justice Department Awards More Than $100 Million to Support Youth

The Department of Justice’s Office of Justice Programs (OJP) announced that it will award grants totaling nearly $103 million to support youth and help achieve greater equity in the juvenile justice system. “We must focus on the needs of our nation’s youth, particularly those who are at risk of victimization and justice system involvement,”...
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St. Mary’s County Public Schools Closed Tuesday, January 4, 2022

St. Mary’s County Public Schools Closed Tuesday, January 4, 2022

Schools Closed: All St. Mary’s County Public Schools are CLOSED on Tuesday, January 4, 2022. Employee Code 2: All St Mary’s County Public Schools are CLOSED on Tuesday, January 4, 2022, with Code 2 for employees.  Code 2 means that 10 and 11 month employees do not report to work.  12 month employees report...
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CSM Closes Campuses and Cancels In-Person Classes Monday, Jan. 3, 2022; Online/Remote Classes Held as Scheduled

CSM Closes Campuses and Cancels In-Person Classes Monday, Jan. 3, 2022; Online/Remote Classes Held as Scheduled

All campuses of the College of Southern Maryland (CSM) will close Monday, Jan. 3, 2022 due to impending inclement weather and potentially hazardous driving conditions. In addition, in-person classes have been cancelled. Online classes and online services will be held, and available, as scheduled. Any changes to online classes will be communicated through the...
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All CSM Campuses Close for Winter Break, to Re-open on Monday, January 3, 2021

All CSM Campuses Close for Winter Break, to Re-open on Monday, January 3, 2021

All campuses of the College of Southern Maryland closed on Thursday, December 23, 2021 at 3:00 p.m. for Winter Break. Campuses will reopen on Monday, January 3, 2022. Access to online services, including registration for credit and non-credit classes, remains available at www.csmd.edu.
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St. Mary’s County Commissioner Meeting Rollup – December 14, 2021

St. Mary’s County Commissioner Meeting Rollup – December 14, 2021

The Commissioners of St. Mary’s County held their regular business meeting in the Chesapeake Building Tuesday, Dec. 14, 2021. Dr. Meenakshi Brewster, county health officer, provided the monthly COVID-19 brief to the Commissioner led Board of Health. Following the Board of Health meeting, the Commissioners heard from the county attorney’s office with the final...
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UPDATE: Police Seeking Identity of Man Seen With a Handgun at Evergreen Elementary School

UPDATE: Police Seeking Identity of Man Seen With a Handgun at Evergreen Elementary School

The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the identity of a suspicious male, seen on the grounds of Evergreen Elementary School in California on Friday, Dec. 17, 2021. The white male is approximately 5′ 11″ tall, who was seen wearing a long-sleeve white T shirt and dark-colored pants. He was observed walking through...
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Calvert County Government Announces Holiday Schedules for 2021

Calvert County Government Announces Holiday Schedules for 2021

The Calvert County Board of County Commissioners announces county offices will close at noon on Thursday, Dec. 23 and remain closed Friday, Dec. 24, 2021, in observance of the Christmas holiday. County offices will also close at noon on Thursday, Dec. 30 and remain closed Friday, Dec. 31 for New Year’s. In addition: The...
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Police Investigating False Call Made to 911 About Shooting at Indian Head Elementary School

Police Investigating False Call Made to 911 About Shooting at Indian Head Elementary School

On December 14, 2021, at approximately 12:05 p.m., a call was received at the 9-1-1 call center indicating a shooting had occurred at Indian Head Elementary School. The school was immediately placed in a hold/stay-in-place status. An officer, who was in the school parking lot when the call was made, entered the school with...
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Police Investigating False Call Made to 911 About Shooting at Middle School

Police Investigating False Call Made to 911 About Shooting at Middle School

On December 9, 2021, at approximately 11:40 a.m., a call was received at the 9-1-1 call center indicating a shooting had occurred at General Smallwood Middle School, in Indian Head. The school was immediately placed in a lockdown status. Officers arrived, quickly entered the school, and observed nothing out of the ordinary. As officers...
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Calvert County Public Schools Seeking Candidates to Train as Bus Drivers

Calvert County Public Schools Seeking Candidates to Train as Bus Drivers

The Transportation Department for Calvert County Public Schools is seeking qualified candidates to train and certify as school bus drivers. School bus drivers work for independent school bus contractors throughout Calvert County. These contractors hire drivers to work on everyday routes, to work as substitute drivers, and to drive trips to athletic and extracurricular events....
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Old Mill High School Employee Charged with Sex Offenses After 16-Year-Old Victim Comes Forward

Old Mill High School Employee Charged with Sex Offenses After 16-Year-Old Victim Comes Forward

On September 28, 2021, the Anne Arundel County Police Department was notified by school officials of allegations involving a sexual relationship between a student and an employee of Old Mill High School. The School Resource Officer and school officials interviewed the student as it was learned that the student was sexually assaulted by the...
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