A Message from Allegany County Public Schools
Our school district is providing this site to allow parents, students, and our community quick access to resources regarding the the rapid spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Please know that the physical, emotional, and mental health of our students remains our top priority. We continue to work closely with local and state authorities to make sure that we continue to make the best use of all of our resources to best support our students.
In addition, ACPS respectfully asks that parents/guardians remain patient and understanding with teachers and school administrators during this crisis. It is just not possible for teachers to return calls or emails immediately, and we ask that you please accept that communication make take up to 48 hours or longer. Our teachers are working remotely from their homes due to Governor Hogan's Executive Orders and are doing their very best to have everything ready for next week. It is critical that we all work together to get through this very difficult time. Thank you. Please continue to be safe and stay well.
A MESSAGE TO THE ACPS COMMUNITY FROM THE INTERIM SUPERINTENDENT OF SCHOOLS:
As we continue providing enriching educational experiences through the ACPS Continuity of Learning Plan, I wanted to express my appreciation to each of you involved with this new method of learning during the extended school closure. Our school community consisting of our employees, parents, and students are overcoming hurdles presented by this pandemic and proving that we will move forward. We will implement a new form of technology and document-based learning. We will engage our students in meaningful learning experiences outside of the traditional classroom. We will continue to show our students that we care and are here for them through these challenging times. It is truly inspiring to see us, as a community, united to do whatever is necessary to overcome.
As you and your students utilize the Continuity of Learning platform, you may also communicate with your child’s teacher and administrator to answer any questions or to receive assistance with assignments and activities. The ACPS Continuity of Learning Plan is accessible through the this crisis management website. ACPS has also established an Instructional Technology Help Desk number to offer assistance for computer problems and accessing online instructional resources. The helpdesk is live from 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. If you need assistance outside of these hours, please email ITHelpdesk@acpsmd.org.
During these difficult and unprecedented times, our community has continued to support our students and public school system. Our county always rises to the occasion in times of need, which I have seen consistently as a life-long resident. Please continue to encourage and support one another as we face challenges presented by this pandemic. Together our community will make a difference. United we are strong. Stay Home, Stay Safe.
Jeffrey S. Blank
Interim Superintendent of Schools
Attention ACPS Parents/Students. Here are a few friendly reminders from ACPS:
- If do not have technology and/or Internet access, it is important to call your child’s school to order a learning packet today. If you have already called and reserved a packet, please do not call the school again as they are experiencing a high volume of phone calls.
- A district level phone message will be sent when packets are ready for pick up at schools. Please do not call the school about a pickup date/time. That information will be provided by the end of next week.
- Online learning officially begins this Monday, April 6, 2020. Parents and students need to log onto the appropriate platform on Monday to view all of a student’s classes. If a class is missing, please email the teacher or call the ACPS IT Community Help Desk.
- For online learning, teachers will release lessons on a weekly basis. Student submissions will be due each Sunday by midnight. Students are encouraged to work on the lessons each day.
- Also, please continue to review the ACPS crisis management website, https://www.acpsmd.org/Page/3146, for information and updates.
Again, we request that all communication that you have with ACPS employees is respectful. We are better and stronger when we all work together. This is a new process for everyone, but we can get through it together. Everyone on the ACPS team continues to work diligently to ensure continuity of learning for your child.
REMINDER REGARDING REGISTRATION: ACPS Pre-kindergarten and kindergarten registration has been postponed due to the school closure. Staff is currently working to reschedule. An update will be provided as soon as details are confirmed. Thank you for your continued patience.
ATTENTION ACPS PARENTS/FAMILIES:
Online learning will OFFICIALLY begin on April 6, 2020, for those students who have access to technology and Internet connectivity. Teachers will utilize Google Classroom for Grades 3-12 and Class Dojo for Grades PreK-2. We strongly encouraged parents/students to use the online learning platforms that are available if you have technology and connectivity. They are easy to learn and directions will be provided. In addition, a Help Desk will be available for parents and students if there are questions Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
These online learning platforms enhance your child’s connection to his/her teachers. Supplemental activities will also be available within the teacher’s Google Classroom for students who want to extend their learning. Online learning is the preferred method for the continuity of learning if students have Internet connectivity and access to technology.
Please note that with online learning, parents do not need to print documents and materials if their child is using an online classroom platform such as Google Classroom or Dojo. All work and readings will be viewed on the computer, and all work submitted will be directly submitted through the online computer platform to their child's teacher. ACPS encourages parents and students to use the online classroom platforms so that participating in instruction, turning in work, and getting feedback can occur in a timely manner. Please call the Community Help Desk if you need assistance or support.
Learning packets will not be available for pick up at schools until the week of April 13th pending any further restrictions from the Governor or the Maryland State Department of Education. This delay was a result of further restrictions imposed by Governor Hogan. Please do not go to your child’s school until the principal has sent a phone message providing information on the date and time frame to pick up learning packets. In the meantime until learning packets are available, we encourage you to read at home with your child, practice writing or drawing, math and spelling skills, play or make music, create art projects, or just participate in any type of activity at home that will support and enhance learning.
If you will need a learning packet, please remember that you must call your child’s school this week (no later than April 3rd) and leave a message to reserve a learning packet. Again, please do not reserve a learning packet if your child can access the online learning platform. The online learning platform allows your child to post assignments and receive grades in a timely manner.
Please continue to be patient and understanding as we work through all of these necessary transitions to an online learning platform and learning packets. Keep in mind that we have to adhere to all restrictions required by the Governor and the State Superintendent of Schools. Again, it is important to note that it is just not possible for teachers to return calls or emails immediately, and we ask that you please accept that communication make take up to 48 hours or longer. Our teachers are working remotely from their homes due to Governor Hogan's Executive Orders and are doing their very best to have everything ready for next week. It is critical that we all work together to get through this very difficult time.
OTHER IMPORTANT UPDATES:
ACPS will reclaim Thursday, April 9, 2020, as a make-up day. Teachers and students will continue with the continuity of learning on April 9th through online learning platforms and with supplemental work. ACPS will be CLOSED on Friday, April 10, 2020, through Monday, April 13, 2020, for the Easter break. Brown bag student meals will not be available on Friday April 10th or Monday, April 13th.
ACPS adjusted the 3rd marking period to end on March 10th. Report cards will be posted in Aspen on April 24th. The Maryland State Department of Education will be providing guidance about grading during the 4th nine weeks and final grades, and they are currently scheduling statewide workgroups to examine grading. Until ACPS receives guidance from the MSDE, teachers will record grades the same way that they have graded assignments all year long.
ATTENTION ACPS PARENTS/GUARDIANS:
The Maryland State Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Karen Salmon, recently announced an extended closure of all public schools in Maryland through April 24, 2020. This is a necessary action in light of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. As directed by Dr. Salmon, school districts will be transitioning to an online learning platform, and learning packets will be provided on a weekly basis for those who do not have Internet connectivity and/or technology. Schools are currently working on preparing all of these materials.
During the week of Monday, March 30, 2020, through Friday, April 3, 2020, you and your child can find supplemental activities and assignments through the ACPS crisis management website, which can be accessed on the school system's website, selecting the "Our Schools" drop down menu from the top right corner of the page, and then selecting ACPS Crisis Management Site. The supplemental work, which can be found on the Continunity of Learning section, is organized by grade level and/or by content area. It may look a bit differently depending on the content area, but everything by grade level will open to a specific document.
In addition, you may have already received a phone message from your child's school to see if your child will need a learning packet. Please follow the directions provided by the school message. These packets will be prepared for students who do not have connectivity and/or technology.
Beginning on Monday, April 6, 2020, continuity of learning will begin through an online platform or through learning packets for those without connectivity or technology. The learning packets are being individually prepared next week. Therefore, it is critical that you call your child’s school during the week of March 30-April 3, 2020, to reserve your child’s packet if it needed. If you have more than one child in an ACPS school, you will need to call each school your child attends. Do not go to your child's school until the principal has sent a phone message regarding the pickup date/time of the learning packets.
Packets will be prepared on a weekly basis. Each week the principal will send a phone message regarding distribution and collection dates/times. Do not go to your child’s school until the principal has sent a phone message.
Directions for connecting students to the Google Classroom online platform for Grades 3-12 or to the Class Dojo online platform for primary grades will be added later this week. Please continue to visit the ACPS crisis management website at https://www.acpsmd.org/Page/3146. Information will be updated regularly.
For those currently without Internet access in your homes, please call a local internet provider for possible free or discounted programs. For those without technology, please note that our school district is not equipped to provide 1:1 technology to our students.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding this information, please call your child’s school and leave a message.
Thank you for your cooperation and patience as we work through all of the necessary steps and precautions needed to ensure continuity of learning for our students and safety for all of our employees, students, and families.
Next week, schools are working on a plan to provide learning packets to students who do not have online connectivity or technology. You may receive a phone message from your child’s principal to see if your child will need a learning packet.
Online learning will begin on April 6th for students who have connectivity and technology.
Learning Packets will be distributed the week of April 6th for those without connectivity or technology.
Please follow the directions provided by the principal’s message.
During the week of March 30-April 3, supplemental activities will be provided through the ACPS website/crisis management site. Please be patient as we work through these necessary transitions to an online learning platform and learning packets.
A MESSAGE TO ACPS FAMILIES FROM INTERIM SUPERINTENDENT OF SCHOOLS:
Yesterday’s announcement, by Maryland State Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Karen Salmon, to extend the closure of all public schools in Maryland through April 24, 2020, was a necessary action in light of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The health, safety, and well-being of our employees, students, and families are more important than anything else.
The announcement gives us an extended date in which to execute our continuity of learning plan. Moving forward, it also leaves many questions unanswered and decisions that will need to be made as we navigate through these unfamiliar and difficult times. Most of the questions, as well as decisions, will be made with guidance from the Maryland State Department of Education. In the meantime, please take advantage of information provided on the ACPS crisis management website at https://www.acpsmd.org/Page/3146. This information will be updated regularly.
We will provide more information on decisions that impact you and your child(ren) as soon as possible. Thank you for your patience and support. Please be vigilant in keeping you and your family safe by following the CDC guidelines.
Jeffrey S. Blank
Interim Superintendent of Schools
IMPORTANT REMINDER TO PARENTS/STUDENTS/COMMUNITY MEMBERS: With the closure of schools due to COVID-19, all areas managed by Allegany County Public Schools are off limits to individuals. This includes school tracks, tennis courts, playgrounds, Greenway Avenue Stadium, football, soccer, baseball and softball fields, gymnasiums, weight rooms, and all other indoor and outdoor areas managed by the school system. Please refrain from utilizing these locations throughout the duration of the mandated closure.Published 3/26/20
AN IMPORTANT MESSAGE FOR EARLY COLLEGE STUDENTS:On Monday, March 30, 2020, ACPS early college students will begin or resume completion of their Allegany College of Maryland (ACM) spring semester college course(s) via an online platform. ACM is requiring this action as a result of the recent closure of ACM and ACPS due to the coronavirus pandemic. Early college students must finish their coursework through the online platform and must obtain a passing grade to earn college credit(s) from ACM. This also includes P-TECH students who are taking a college course(s) through ACM for the spring semester.
ACPS early college teacher(s) has/have been instructed to contact their students regarding each early college course that he/she is taking during the spring semester. Students are encouraged to please check their ACM email accounts and Brightspace for information from their teacher. If a student does not hear from an early college teacher by Monday, please contact the appropriate ACPS content supervisor listed below:
- Dr. George Brown- Social Studies/Psychology- George.email@example.com
- Katie Buskirk- English/Lit/Speech- Kathryn.firstname.lastname@example.org
- Dr. Steve Thompson- Mathematics/Statistics- Stephen.email@example.com
- Eric VanSlyke- Science- Eric.firstname.lastname@example.org
- Melissa Kaye- P-TECH Cybersecurity- Melissa.email@example.com
- Joe Brewer- Computer Science (non P-TECH students)-Joseph.Brewer@acpsmd.org
Students needing assistance regarding course content or anything related to this information should email their early college teacher or contact the content supervisor listed above.
Students without Internet access or a device to complete course work should contact their early college teacher or the content supervisor listed above.
IMPORTANT UPDATE: The Maryland State Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Karen Salmon, has just announced that all Maryland Public Schools will be closed for an additional four weeks through April 24, 2020. Allegany County Public Schools will be adhering to this directive. ACPS has been working on a plan for the continuity of learning, and once the Maryland State Department of Education provides a timeline for the implementation of the continuity of learning plans, it will be communicated to the ACPS staff, parents, and students.
IMPORTANT UPDATE REGARDING STUDENT MEALS: The Allegany County Public Schools' Food Service Department will be offering three meals per day for students, which will include breakfast, lunch, and a snack, beginning on Monday, March 23, 2020. All meals will continue to be available at all 21 school locations from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. Monday through Friday. All three meals may be picked up at the same time. As has been the policy this week, meals may be picked up by parents/students at any of the schools (even if they are not enrolled in that school) during the scheduled pick-up times.
UPDATE: Any high school senior in need of a transcript for a scholarship or college application should email their high school counselor and request it. Counselors can send a PDF of the transcript to a student's email so that they may upload it, or they can send it directly to the college or scholarship committee. Students may contact their high school guidance secretary and request a paper copy to be mailed.
UPDATE: Pre-K, Kindergarten, 1st Grade registration originally scheduled for April 2nd and 3rd at each home elementary school has been postponed. A make-up date will be announced in the coming days.
IMPORTANT: The Central Office and all ACPS schools are closed to visitors through March 27, 2020, pending further notice. Individuals should call the Central Office or contact the school office if there are questions.
IMPORTANT: The ACPS Food Service Department will provide brown-bag to-go lunches for students beginning on Monday, March 16, 2020. This service will run Monday-Friday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at each school until further notice. The brown bags will be distributed in the school lobby. Students and non-essential staff are not permitted in any other area of the buildings. Brown bags may be picked up by parents/students at any of the schools (even if they are not enrolled in that school) during the scheduled pick-up times.
Attention Parents and Guardians: Last evening, Thursday, March 12, 2020, Dr. Salmon, State Superintendent of Schools, closed all Maryland public schools from March 16, 2020, through March 27, 2020. To the extent possible today, Friday, March 13, 2020, teachers were asked to provide students with assignments or resources that could enhance past and/or current learning during the next two weeks. Content supervisors will be providing information to parents about online resources via the website Parent/Students tab in the coming days. Please note that the recommendation for giving students classroom resources was directed by Dr. Salmon. Students will not be penalized for completion or non-completion of any work sent home during the two-week period. This is supplemental to help students stay connected to their learning. ACPS will continue to keep parents updated.
Additionally, students may pick up work today prior to the end of the dismissal day, Friday, March 13, 2020. Students will not be allowed to pick-up work during the school closure.
IMPORTANT: All Allegany County Public Schools will be CLOSED beginningMonday, March 16, 2020 through Friday, March 27, 2020, per the directive of Dr. Karen Salmon, Maryland State Superintendent of Schools. All school functions are CANCELED beginning Friday, March 13, 2020, effective at the end of the school day until further notice.
Safe Schools Maryland Tipline
The Maryland Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) and the Maryland Center for School Safety have collaborated to provide the Safe Schools Maryland Tip Line to schools to aid in the efforts to improve school safety.
The Safe Schools Maryland Tip Line is an anonymous reporting system used to report threats to the safety and/or well-being of students. Students, parents, faculty, staff, and members of communities throughout Maryland may use this anonymous, app and web-based reporting system to share their concerns, such as:
- Mental health crises
- School and community violence
- Drug activity
- Other issues affecting our Maryland students
The Safe Schools Maryland Tip Line is a tool for proactively addressing harmful situations and helping students who need it. By using a variety of communication modes to support the reporting and routing of tips, The Safe Schools Maryland Tip Line empowers the citizens of Maryland to create a culture of preparedness, prevention, and school safety for our students.
Do you have a concern you want to share? Report an annoymous tip to Safe Schools Maryland now.