RES Family Update

Sunday, January 2, 2021

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Schools Reopening on Schedule: Monday, Jan. 3, 2022

Dear families and staff,

I hope this finds everyone enjoying the holidays and time with family and friends. Over the break, I have been in regular contact with Caroline County Health Department (CCHD) Health Officer Robin Cahall to review COVID-19 data and receive guidance regarding reopening schools in January. While some adjustments will be made to quarantine procedures based on new federal and state guidelines, students and staff will be welcomed back as scheduled on Monday, January 3, 2022.

Several important points were factored into the decision to continue as scheduled:

  • CCPS follows mitigation procedures that are not the norm outside of schools. These include the masks requirement, regular cleaning protocols, distancing to the extent possible, quarantine of positive cases and unvaccinated close contacts, and regular consultation with CCHD.

  • According to current outbreak definitions, CCPS has not experienced a COVID-19 outbreak since October. (At that time, three classrooms in one school were closed due to spread in the classrooms, as opposed to community spread.)

  • According to the data available at this time (medical, academic, and social-emotional) the overwhelming benefit of providing in-person learning for as many students as possible outweighs any benefit gained from closing schools for all students.

Updated quarantine and isolation guidance may be found on the CCPS website.

Our goal remains to keep schools open full time for in-person learning for all students. This will continue to take each of us working together and following best practices, individually and collectively. Continue to mask in schools and public places. If you have not yet been vaccinated, talk with your medical provider or CCHD to get the facts. Continue to monitor yourself and children for COVID-19 symptoms and act accordingly for your safety and the safety of others.

We will continue to work through and rise above these challenges. As we have since March 2020, we’ll make adjustments as needed, advise of any changes as soon as possible, and continue to make decisions we believe are in the best interest of our students.

Happy New Year,

Derek L. Simmons, Ed.D.

Interim Superintendent of Schools

Health Department & Choptank Health COVID-19 Testing Opportunities for CCPS Students and Staff

The Caroline County Health Department and Choptank Community Health will be providing curbside COVID-19 testing for CCPS students and staff only on the following schedule:

  • Tuesday, Jan. 4 and Jan. 11, 4:00-5:00 pm at Greensboro Elementary

  • Wednesday, Jan. 5 and Jan. 12, 4:00-5:00 pm at Federalsburg Elementary

  • Thursday, Jan. 6 and Jan. 13, 4:00-5:00pm at Preston Elementary

For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call the health department at 410-479-5880 or contact your School Based Health Center. No on-site walk-up appointments will be accepted; appointments for CCPS staff and students only.

CCPS Calendar Changes

The 2021-2022 school year calendar has been amended as detailed below. Changes impacting student days are highlighted with BOLD.

  • Jan. 25 and April 1, 2022 are currently scheduled as half days for students so teachers may complete grading for the end of the semester. All teachers will now have the option to work virtually after students are dismissed.

  • March 4, April 13, and May 27, 2022 have been changed to half days for students, with April 13 and May 27, 2022, early dismissal for all staff.

For complete details of these changes, please see the news release (Board Amends 2021-22 School Year Calendar) on the CCPS website.

COVID-19 Vaccine for Children Ages 5-11

For complete information about the vaccine, now available for children ages 5-11, please visit the Caroline County COVID-19 website which includes FAQs: COVID-19 Vaccine for Children Ages 5-11 and Vaccine Clinic Information.


January 3

School Resumes

Comfy Clothes Spirit Day

January 4

Board of Education Virtual Meeting - 6 PM

January 10

Wear Blue for Law Enforcement Spirit Day

January 17


January 18

Board Work Session Virtual Meeting

January 25

1 PM Dismissal Day for Students

End of Quarter 2

January 26

NO SCHOOL for Students

Caroline Board Begins Superintendent Search Process

The Caroline County Board of Education is moving forward in its search for a new superintendent. Earlier this school year, the Board, through its search consultant, the Maryland Association of Boards of Education (MABE), conducted a survey for staff and community that inquired about the characteristics they desired in a new superintendent. Once that was completed, the following timeline was created:

  • December 27, 2021 – Application materials will be made available
  • January 31, 2022 – Application deadline for first consideration
  • February and March 2022 – Interviews conducted
  • Spring 2022 – Board approves superintendent contract at a regularly scheduled board meeting
  • July 1, 2022 – Superintendent begins

Any questions regarding the position should be directed to William Middleton, search consultant at MABE (

Related News: Caroline Board Begins Superintendent Search Process

Please be sure your children wear sneakers/tennis shoes in their scheduled PE day during the week.

Please remind your children not to bring toys to school.

Vision and Hearing Screening

Vision and hearing screenings are scheduled to take place beginning 11/30/21. All new entrants and 1st graders will be screened as required by Maryland regulations. If your child has had a vision and/or hearing exam outside of school within the prior 12 months, and you do not wish your child to be re-screened, please provide the school nurse with written verification of that visit prior to the school screening dates.

CCPS have partnered with Edmentum again this year utilizing Exact Path and their coaches to monitor, guide and support your students throughout the program. Parents will receive individual letters regarding the recommendation for their child followed by a phone call from the Exact Path coach to get started.

Attendance Modifications for Quarantined Students

Attendance procedures for quarantined students have been modified as of the 2nd quarter of this school year (Nov. 8). This modification was made based on guidelines set by the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE).

For quarantine students who are unable to participate in academic activities:

An isolated student who is ill and unable to participate in academic activities will be reported as absent, which follows the CCPS attendance policy.

For quarantined students who are able to participate in academic activities:

Quarantined students who are healthy will be reported as present and are expected to participate in meaningful academic activities that advance student learning. CCPS will continue to use Google Classroom for access to class assignments and offer Zoom tutoring to support students who are quarantined.

If a quarantined student does not return to in-person, in-school instruction after the assigned quarantined period, the normal attendance or make-up work policies for absent students will be followed.

News Post on the CCPS Website

Vaccine Information from the Caroline County Health Department

The Caroline County Health Department, in partnership with Choptank Community Health and Caroline County Public Schools, is now offering COVID-19 vaccines for children ages 5-11.

Children in this age range may receive the Pfizer vaccine, which is administered as a two-dose primary series, 3 weeks apart. The children’s vaccine is a lower dose (10 micrograms) than that used for individuals 12 years of age and older (30 micrograms).

Vaccine clinics will be held at schools and at the Health Department’s vaccine center. A parent or legal guardian must be present and must sign a consent authorization at the time of vaccination. Click the school names below or visit our vaccine page to register your child for a vaccine. Future clinics will be added to the vaccine page on an ongoing basis.

Friday, November 12, 2021 from 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM at

Saturday, November 20, 2021 from 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Many pediatricians also have received vaccines, and your child may be able to be vaccinated at their doctor’s office.

Have questions about the COVID-19 vaccine for children? Check out this helpful Frequently Asked Questions post from the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Updated Guidelines for Quarantining Students

Updated Guidelines for Quarantining Students

Beginning Monday, October 18, CCPS will be following a modified process for quarantining unvaccinated students identified as close contacts of a positive case of COVID-19. Based on updated guidance from the Caroline County Health Department (CCHD), quarantining protocols will be as follows:

With masking:

In settings where all students are masked, an asymptomatic student who is identified as a close contact will no longer need to quarantine from school as long as the following conditions are met:

  • If at any time the student develops symptoms of COVID-19, he or she should isolate and get tested right away.

  • The student must continue to wear a mask properly for 14 days after the exposure in all settings.

  • The student cannot participate in activities within a school or public setting for 14 days where universal masking and social distancing are not in place. This includes sports and extracurricular activities.

  • Testing is recommended 5-7 days following the exposure.

Parents will be notified by email only if their child is identified as a close contact while masked. Parents should ensure their email address is current with the school, and check their email regularly.

Students currently quarantined under these conditions (all students masked) may return to school on Monday. Please check with the school nurse if you are unsure about the conditions of your child’s quarantine.

If parents choose to keep an asymptomatic child home to quarantine, they should notify the school and the absence will be excused until a specified return date.

Without masking:

Students who are identified as close contacts while not wearing a mask (such as during meals) will continue to be quarantined. Students currently quarantined under these conditions (no masks) must remain quarantined as directed. Please check with the school nurse if you are unsure about the conditions of your child’s quarantine.

COVID-19 Testing Available Once a Week in All Schools

Voluntary COVID-19 testing will be available one day a week in all schools, beginning the week of November 8, 2021.

CCPS has contracted with 20/20 GeneSystems in Rockville, Maryland to provide this service. Registration is required prior to participation in the testing program. Parents will be able to register students online with a one-time enrollment, which grants permission for once a week testing for the remainder of the school year.

Testing schedule:

  • Mondays beginning Nov. 8 - Federalsburg and Preston Elementary Schools, Colonel Richardson Middle and Colonel Richardson High Schools

  • Wednesdays beginning Nov. 10 - Denton, Greensboro and Ridgely Elementary Schools, Lockerman Middle and North Caroline High Schools

20/20 GeneSystems has developed a Frequently Asked Questions sheet for parents which includes information about the registration process.

Tutoring for Quarantined Students

Afterschool Tutors Available for Quarantined Students

Quarantined students in need of help with assignments may now connect with a tutor at their school.

  • Elementary School: 4:00 to 5:00 pm, Monday and Wednesdays, beginning Thursday, September 23

Zoom links for tutors may be found on student’s Google Classroom.

School Meals for Quarantined Students

Posted on September 25, 2021

Students who are not in school due to being quarantined as still eligible for free meals. Families interested in receiving meals may complete a form:

Student Meal Form, English

Student Meal Form, Spanish

Questions or concerns may be directed to Caroline County Public Schools Food Services, 410-479-3261.

The form also has information about Caroline Helping Hands which is a volunteer-based organization in partnership with Caroline County Public Schools, serving the children of Caroline County with holiday & weekend food bags.

If requested on the form, this program will provide children in need with a nutritious care pack of food to have as a supplement for weekend meals. This program is provided by generous donations and will continue to serve the community as long as funding is available. This program is absolutely FREE, there is no cost to the family.

Please Keep Students with Symptoms of Illness at Home

We are doing our very best to keep students in school but we need the help of our families. We are finding that some students who come to school with symptoms of illness are then testing positive for COVID-19. This leads to having to identify close contacts who then must be quarantined, meaning more students are missing school.

PLEASE help us keep students safe and in school as much as possible. Keep your child at home if they have any signs or symptoms of COVID-19 or other illness or have been exposed to a person with COVID-19 in the last 14 days.

Back Pack Program

We are happy to inform you that Ridgely Elementary School is part of a program called “Caroline’s Helping Hands (CHH)” offered through the Maryland Food Bank - Eastern Shore. Children who are enrolled in the program will receive a bag of food items to help supplement your weekend meals. The delivery day may vary depending on availability. This program is available to all students and is completely FREE - there is no cost to you or your child. If you are interested in enrolling please fill out this form (only 1 per household is needed).

Look for the Caroline County BackPack Program Registration/Renewal Form in your child's backpack, call Mrs. Buffenmyer to request a form or get additional information or use the link below to complete the form online.

Draft Reopening Plan and Survey

Posted on August 12, 2021

16 DRAFT Plan in PDF

Accessible View on CCPS Website

All Maryland school systems are required to provide a Safe Return to In-Person Instruction and Continuity of Services Plan (Reopening Plan) that addresses the reopening of schools for the 2021-2022 year. This plan must provide for the continuity of services that address and maintain the health and safety of students, educators, and staff. There are 11 requirements necessary for a complete plan that will be submitted to the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE). The draft document is intended to provide an overview for public input. The final document will include more detailed information and reflect insight from our community survey.

We would appreciate you reading through the draft Reopening Plan and completing the survey that follows. Should you have any difficulty with the survey, please email (Public Information Officer) for assistance.

Mask Information

August 17 News Release

Masks are required because we want our students to stay in school, in person. If a child is not wearing a mask and tests positive for COVID-19, the unvaccinated students around that child (masked or unmasked) are then required to be quarantined. However, if all students are masked and at least three feet apart in the classroom, only the child testing positive would miss school days. There may be other settings such as the bus or the cafeteria where physical distancing cannot be maintained. Our best chance at keeping classrooms and schools safe and open is to require everyone to wear masks and maintain three feet whenever possible.

Please visit the CCPS Back to School page which includes a Frequently Asked Question section about the mask requirement.

RES Office Hours

School office hours are Monday - Friday from 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM.

RES is a TITLE I School

RES Vision:

RES is a progressive community of learners collaboratively supporting each other through intentional planning in a risk-taking and trusting environment, leading to rigor, student autonomy, and mastery of content standards in all learning settings.

For more information, feedback, or input on the School Improvement Plan, please contact the school.