Allegany County Public Schools

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  • UPDATE: Based on waiver approvals from the Maryland State Department of Education, the last day of school for students in Allegany County Public Schools will be Friday, June 12, 2020. For the ACPS Continuity of Learning Plan, the last learning packets will be distributed next week, and principals will notify parents with dates and pick-up times. At the June 9th school board meeting, additional updates on the Continuity of Learning Plan and the ACPS recovery plan will be provided.

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  • UPDATE ON SCHOOL CLOSURES: Dr. Karen Salmon, State Superintendent of Schools, announced today that all Maryland public schools will remain CLOSED through the end of the 2019-2020 school year. 

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates & Guidance

  • ATTENTION PARENTS AND STUDENTS: 

     

    Parents and students are reminded that the last online learning assignments must be posted by Monday, June 8, 2020. For students completing work through the learning packets, the final assignments may be submitted through photos or emails to the teacher or principal. School principals can also scan the work at the school. The final assignments from the learning packets are also due on Monday, June 8, 2020. If a parent needs assistance, please contact your child’s principal by Monday. It is extremely important that a parent contact the school principal next week if their son or daughter has not submitted any work for a class or course during the 4th nine weeks.

     

    Fort Hill High School students should follow the directions provided by the school principal regarding grading deadlines.

     

     

    Published 6/5/20

     

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  • ATTENTION PARENTS AND STUDENTS: The final online assignments and learning packet assignments are due by Monday, June 8, 2020, 1:00 p.m. The last day of school for students, is Friday, June 12, 2020.

     

    Students may be engaged in optional activities in areas such as PE/Health, media, and fine arts during June 9-12; however, no additional learning packets will be distributed. Students will have an opportunity to complete an online survey about their learning experience. The link to the grade level surveys can be found on the school system’s website, www.acpsmd.org, under the Student Resources section.

     

    Parents and students are reminded that the REMAINDER of the online learning assignments must be posted by Monday, June 8, 2020. For students completing work through the learning packets, all weekly graded assignments must be submitted through photos, emails, or scanning by Monday, June 8, 2020. If a parent needs assistance, please contact your child’s principal by Monday.

     

    Teachers are required to have grades calculated and submitted by Friday, June 12, 2020.

     

    Published 6/3/20

     

     

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  • ACPS COMMUNITY HOTSPOTS: Allegany County Public Schools is providing community hotspots in community partner locations such as fire departments and churches.  Use the network called “ACPS-Hotspot” to connect.  The password is the ACPS Community Helpdesk number 3018769819.  A captive portal requests your compliance with the Telecommunications Acceptable Use Policy and then provides you access to the Internet. As a community hotspot is ready with WiFi access, it will appear in the list to the right with a map showing exact access points. 

     

    These community hotspots enable you to access the Internet easily.  This WiFi is intended for use by ACPS staff, students, and parents for instructional purposes.  All ACPS WiFi traffic is logged and filtered for CIPA compliance.  

     

    The public should remain in their vehicles at all times adhering to  social distancing mandates as set forth by Governor Hogan. 

     

    Published 5/21/20

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  • ACPS WIFI ACCESS IN PARKING LOTS: Allegany County Public Schools is providing an Internet connection that is accessible from your vehicle in parking lots at our schools.  Starting Friday, May 8, 2020, ACPS will provide external WiFi access in several locations. Please monitor the ACPS crisis management website periodically for these school locations.

     

    Please use the network called “ACPS-ENT” to connect.  USER ID is “hotspot” and the PASSWORD is “acps”.

     

    The parking lot WiFi capability enables you to access the Internet easily.  This WiFi is intended for use by ACPS staff, students, and parents for instructional purposes.  All ACPS WiFi traffic is logged and filtered for CIPA compliance.  Additionally, all exterior areas of the school campus are subject to video recording.

     

    The public should remain in their vehicles at all times adhering to social distancing mandates as set forth by Governor Hogan.

     

    Published 5/8/20

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  • ATTENTION PARENTS AND GUARDIANS:

     

    ACPS encourages and highly recommends that parents wear masks/cloth face coverings during meal and/or packet pickups to help fight the spread of the new coronavirus.  In a recommendation released by the Center for Disease Control (CDC), the virus can spread between people interacting in close proximity, and they would recommend wearing a mask or cloth face coverings in public settings where social distancing measures are difficult to maintain. 

     

    The recommendation is less about preventing the wearer from contracting the coronavirus themselves than it is about limiting asymptomatic people from unknowingly spreading the disease. Wearing cloth masks, the CDC said, could “help people who may have the virus and do not know it from transmitting it to others.”

     

    Published 4/17/20

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  • PRE-KINDERGARTEN PROGRESS REPORTS UPDATE: Due to circumstances related to the COVID-19 pandemic, students in the pre-kindergarten programs will not receive progress reports for the second semester of the 2019-2020 school year.  Teachers will continue to communicate with families and provide feedback through their online platforms (Class Dojo, SeeSaw, etc.) and/or phone calls. If parents have questions regarding their child’s progress, they can contact their child’s teacher through email (see ACPS Directory), the teacher’s online platform, or by contacting the home school office and leaving a message for the teacher.  Students with IEPs will continue to receive quarterly progress reports related to their IEP goals.   

     

    Published 4/14/20

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  • School Counselor & Mental Health Support Services


    ACPS is offering a continuity of mental health support services. All staff members have regular hours during the normal school day. If you need to contact your child’s school counselor, mental health counselor, pupil personnel worker, school psychologist, or behavior specialist, you may email them directly. There are resources available on the ACPS website as well as the online platform for your child’s school. If you do not have access to email and need to get in touch with any of the service providers, you should call the school. The school staff will give the message to the school counselor, mental health counselor, pupil personnel worker, school psychologist, or behavior specialist who will call you back.

     

    If your child has been receiving any services at school, the service provider will be contacting you and your child. If possible, please answer your phone or set up your voicemail so that the service provider can leave you a message with further information. Please do not hesitate to reach out.

     

    We recognize that this may be a very challenging time for students and families. Feelings of worry and anxiety are common for us all in times of crisis. We are here for you. If you need someone to talk to, please contact your school and a counselor will be happy to get in touch with you.

     

    If anyone in your home is having a crisis you should contact the national suicide prevention hotline: 1-800-273-8255. There is also a national text line, advertised as follows: "Text HOME to 741741 to connect with a Crisis Counselor. We’re here to help."

     

    If you have any additional questions, please call your school. The safety and well-being of ACPS families are our most important considerations.

     

    Published 4/8/20
     

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  • ACPS IT Community Help Desk: 301-876-9819


    ACPS has 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 p.m. Monday through Friday. If you need assistance outside of these hours, please email ITHelpdesk@acpsmd.org. If you are on a broadband connected Windows 10 computer, we may ask for remote access to your computer via Microsoft Quick Access.  

     

    Published 4/1/20

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