COVID-19 School Closure

Dear CCPS School Families,

Concern about COVID-19 (coronavirus) has created a rapidly evolving environment where changes are being made quickly in the interest of public health. In accordance with Governor Northam’s March 13, 2020 declaration ordering all K-12 schools to close for a minimum of 2 weeks, Caroline County Public Schools will be closed for students beginning Monday, March 16 – Friday, March 27. We will continue to monitor COVID-19 developments throughout the two-week closure and notify families as quickly as possible of any necessary changes. At this time, there is no plan to adjust the previously scheduled Spring Break (April 3-April 13).

Continuity of Instruction Plan

Our instructional team has been working diligently in preparation for a potential closing. Daily PK-12 activities in core content areas (math, language arts, history, science, CTE, Advanced Placement, Dual Enrollment, and ASOL Special Education) have been developed to allow your child or children to review and reinforce content. Students will work on the various activities at a pace and time that works best for your family. These instructional activities will be available online at the CCPS website on Tuesday, March 17 at 12:00p.m. Paper copies are available for parent pickup, if needed, at your child’s school on Tuesday, March 17 from 12:00 – 4:00 p.m. and Wednesday, March 18 from 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Further information and directions associated with continuity of instruction activities will be emailed early next week.

Food Service Sites

Additionally, for many of our students, the meals provided at our schools are a crucial part of their daily nutrition. Additional plans are being made to address this vital need across the Caroline community. At this time, CCPS will begin providing “Grab and Go” breakfast and lunch meals on Tuesday, March 17 through Friday, March 27.

  • Bowling Green E.S., Lewis and Clark E.S., Madison E.S., and Caroline M.S. will serve as meal sites.
  • Any Caroline County child 18 and under is eligible for “Grab and Go” meals.
  • Meals will be prepared by the CCPS Food Services Department and served curbside from 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
  • The parent/guardian (or alternate driver) must pull up to any of the four distribution sites to receive breakfast and lunch items for that day. Please note, the child(ren) must be in the vehicle to receive any meals.

Building and Transportation Deep Cleaning

Throughout the two-week closure, CCPS will conduct a deep cleaning of school buildings and buses utilizing EPA-approved cleaning products and practices.

During this unprecedented experience, we will continue to do everything possible to ensure the health and safety of our community. Please visit our website to view our “COVID-19” page for the latest information regarding the virus. Additionally, should you have any additional questions, please contact your child’s school. School offices will be open to the public on Monday, March 16 through Wednesday, March 18 (8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.). Be sure to stay close to your email for additional information as it becomes available.

Thank you for your patience and understanding during this national pandemic.

Sincerely,
Sarah Calveric, Ph.D.
Superintendent

E-News from the PTRC 12-17-2019

News from the Caroline County Public Schools –  Parent Teacher Resource Center

Mark your Calendar

  • The Ausome Saturday at the Ashland Theatre – program is geared toward families who have a child/children with special sensory needs and their siblings and friends. The program offers a family, monthly, four free tickets to come and watch the Ausome Saturday movie. Special adaptations are made to make the viewing experience more sensory friendly.  Details are on the flyer.   To participate all someone has to do to reserve their space(seat) is call the designated phone number on the flyer, 804-401-7007, ext. 210, leave their name, phone number, and number of seats needed (up to 4 per family).  Typically, several days before the Ausome Saturday movie, anAshland Theatre staff person will call them back to confirm the reservation.  Then all the family need to do is show up for the movie, confirm their reservation, and enjoy the show!  FLYER ATTACHED!
  • December 28th,  12 noon – Star Wars, The Rise of Skywalker  

Comfort Zone Camp

Comfort Zone Camp is the nation’s largest bereavement camp headquartered in Richmond, VA.  Since 1999, we have helped over 20,000 all at no cost. I am reaching out to you today, to let you know that we are a free and effective resource for grieving children ages 7-18 who have experienced the death of a parent, sibling or primary caregiver.

Our camps take place on weekends throughout the year.  At camp we do a mix of traditional camp activities (games, arts & crafts, s’mores) and also weave in support groups that we call, healing circles.  All kids are paired 1:1 with their own big buddy, who serves as their anchor, mentor and friend.  At camp, we see kids break their isolation, get back to being a kid again and gain tools to help them in their everyday grief journey.  They are also able to attend annually. Therapists who volunteer at our program say that a weekend at camp is worth six months or more of therapy!  Please see the attached flyer for more information.

Comfort Zone will have three Virginia camps in 2020 on the following weekends: May 15 – 17, August 14 – 16, and November 6 – 8.

I am writing to ask for your help to:

-refer grieving kids to our program

-use CZC as a resource as needed when you have questions on supporting grieving children.

To learn more visit our website at www.comfortzonecamp.org or call me at 804-377-3430.

News from the Caroline County Public Schools – Parent Teacher Resource Center – 5-17-2019

News from the Caroline County Public Schools –  Parent Teacher Resource Center
Final meeting this school year -SEAC – meeting – 4:30 pm at the PTRC Monday, 05/20/19 
 16261 Richmond Turnpike, Bowling Green, VA. The public is welcome and encouraged to attend. 
Join us for a presentation from Woodrow Wilson staff, and Caroline County students who have participated in the PERT program.

For more info CLICK HERE   
To be added to the agenda, contact Wendy Sneed, SEAC Chairperson – Wendy.Sneed@dss.virginia.gov  804-572-6291  
or Susan Gayle at the PTRC at   
804-633-7083sgayle@ccps.us or ccpsseac@gmail.com

The Caroline County Special Education Advisory Committee works with the school board, administrators, parents and teachers who are responsible for students receiving special education services.    To advise the local school system of the needs in the education of children with disabilities.   To assist the local school system in the development of long-range plans which will provide needed services for children with disabilities.   To submit periodic reports and recommendations regarding the education of children with disabilities to the local school board.  To review annually the school system’s updated special education plan and application for federal funding. To hold a minimum of six regular meetings, which is OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.  
To apply for SEAC membership: Application

 Organizational Skills

  • ​Organizational skills help children do well in school and stay on track at home. But for a lot of kids, staying organized is a challenge. To help you and your family reduce stress and take the guesswork out of time management and planning, the Child Mind Institute collected their best information on strategies for skill-building, schedule-making, shoe-finding and much more.
  • Organization Skills By Kid Sense
    Organisation is important to develop a structured and consistent approach to tasks at all times, but is even more important for those with poor planning and sequencing, language challenges, attention difficulties and learning difficulties.This site by Kid Sense is full of easy to understand information. I think it’s worth a look!

Struggling with getting Social Security Disability benefits?
Each year, thousands of people in Virginia apply for Social Security Disability benefits. Unfortunately, 70 percent of initial claims are denied. But, there are ways you can improve your chances of getting approved for benefits.Read the disAbility Law Center’s article on 5 Tips When Seeking a Social Security Disability Benefit
ABLEnow 

  • are tax-advantaged savings programs that won’t impact certain disability benefits. ABLEnow is administered by Virginia529, making taxpayers eligible for an annual state income tax deduction of up to $2,000 per contributor for contributions to an ABLEnow account. Learn more and start your savings at able-now.com.

Transition:

  • For most students, the goal of their IEP is to get rid of their IEP. Why is that? Because providing a student with unnecessary accommodations does not prepare them for the ‘real world’. Don’t forget – when your child leaves high school, their IEP does NOT come with them. Which means they will have greater success in the post-secondary world if they have been developing the skills needed to navigate the world as a grown up. Don’t forget what I always say – when you graduate, you do not eat at the IEP Taco Bell or shop at the IEP mall. 
    When working with the IEP team, it’s always best to presume competence and provide support in the least restricted way possible.
     
  • PEATC is offering Transition University this June
    Transition University will offer a free, 4-session self-paced online series to help parents/guardians navigate the transition process for their school age child and prepare for the adult world.
     
  • Preparing for College Emotionally, Not Just Academically – Problem-solving skills can help students keep from being overwhelmed.
    It’s clear that adolescents making the transition from high school to college need not only academic skills to ace the classwork, and time-management skills to stay afloat, but emotional problem-solving skills to handle the challenges. Posted by Child Mind Institute- https://childmind.org/