Feb. 24, 2022, Update from Board of Education
The following is an update shared with Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) parents and staff from the Board of Education of Charles County.
February 24, 2022
Dear Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) community:
On Tuesday, Feb. 22, the Maryland State Board of Education voted to allow local Boards of Education to decide mask policies for their respective school systems. This would take effect on Tuesday, March 1. However, the vote needs to be affirmed by the Maryland General Assembly’s Joint Committee on Administrative, Executive, and Legislative Review (AELR) before it can take effect.
The AELR Committee, a panel of 10 delegates and 10 senators that oversees regulations or standards in Maryland, is set to meet at 2:30 pm tomorrow, Friday, Feb. 25. The committee can approve or deny the State Board decision or delay action.
The Board of Education of Charles County is following the result of the State Board vote and the Feb. 25 ALR Committee meeting. The Board is planning to discuss the CCPS mask policy at its 6 pm, Monday, Feb. 28 work session following the meeting and/or decision by the AELR Committee. The work session will stream live on the school system website, www.ccboe.com, and on the CCPS YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/c/ccpsmd.
Prior to this week’s vote by the State Board of Education, Superintendent of Schools Maria Navarro shared an update with the Board and community detailing how CCPS continues to move toward standard operating conditions. Since the start of the pandemic, CCPS has made operational decisions in consultation with the local and state health departments.
Superintendent Navarro’s update included how CCPS would operate if masks were to be optional for students, staff and visitors. Regardless of state regulations and the AELR Committee decision, mask use will continue to be mandated on school buses under federal requirements. The update is posted on the school system website here.
We ask the community to monitor the CCPS website at www.ccboe.com for the most up-to-date information about CCPS and mask policies currently in place. Community members interested in providing the Board with feedback can put their comments in writing and share by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
On behalf of the Board of Education of Charles County, I appreciate the support of the Charles County community as the Board and CCPS continue to oversee the school system during challenging times.
Chairperson, Board of Education