Lyons Mill Explorer

July 16, 2020

A Message from Mrs. Macleod, Principal

This month's newsletter includes the most recent information on Our Roadmap to Recovery, important information on Kindergarten registration, and our recommendations for a few great books and free online learning opportunities. Please feel free to share this information with others in our community.

Additionally, while still dealing with the impact of COVID-19, we recognize families are also trying to process the the racist events occurring across our nation. As Superintendent Daryl L. Williams’ stated, “we must have open, honest, and authentic conversations about racism and its devastating influence and continuing impact.” While we are having many conversions across the system and within our school, we also wanted to make you aware of new resources and supports for our students. Please scroll down for more information.

I also want you to know we understand that these are difficult times and the effects of COVID-19 make it more challenging for us to connect in traditional ways. We will do our best to continue to share information throughout the summer. We are here to listen and help one another as a school community, so please feel free to call or email anytime throughout the summer. Please know that we are committed to supporting our students and families because we are truly stronger together!

In the meantime, please enjoy your summer break by staying safe and healthy. Keep washing your hands, wearing your mask, and practicing social distancing.

All the best,

Mrs. Macleod

The Roadmap to Recovery

With the summer 2020 in full-swing , there is still a great deal of uncertainty. and we know it's not easy not knowing if, when, or how students may return to school. I can promise you that we always have you and your children's best interests and safety in mind. As decisions are made, we will ensure that this information is shared with each of you.

Below is the most up-to-date information on the system's Roadmap to Recovery.

During the most recent Baltimore County Board of Education meeting on July 14, staff shared the system's DRAFT Roadmap to Recovery. The DRAFT Roadmap included planning for multiple COVID-19 scenarios. As share data during the Board Meeting, all decisions regarding when to open schools, how to open schools, or whether to continue remote learning will be conditions-based, not time-based. The decisions will be based on consideration of science-based trigger points articulated by public health officials along with any binding directives from state or local authorities and they will be not be based on a fixed timeline.

The following are the proposed scenarios:

Scenario 1: Continue with an enhanced version of remote learning


  • State of Maryland and Baltimore County are in Phase 1 of reopening.

Scenario 2: Reopen schools with a combination of in- person and remote learning.


  • State of Maryland and Baltimore County are in Phase 2 of reopening.
  • All students have live interaction with teachers, either in-person or online. Mitigation strategies, including strict social distancing are required.

Scenario 3: Reopen schools with 100% in-person learning


  • State of Maryland and Baltimore County are in Phase 3 of reopening.
  • Mitigation measures such as enhanced cleaning, screening for symptoms, isolation of sick persons and enforcement of quarantines will be required.
  • Social distancing requirements have been relaxed; face coverings may be optional.

As part of the discussion during the July 14 Board of Education meeting, Superintendent Darryl L. Williams said he is leaning toward remote learning with a phased-in approach after we start the year.

Next Steps:

  • BCPS staff will continue to analyze stakeholder input and feedback.
  • Your feedback will inform model recommendations to the Superintendent’s Cabinet.
  • Staff and student health and safety are the priorities.
  • BCPS (and all other Maryland school districts) must publish the finalized Recovery Plans by August 14, 2020.
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Registration is Open for the 2020-2021 School Year

Student registration is now available for Preschool through Grade 12. Due to the COVID-19 closure, the registration process is online.

  • All rising middle school students in Grade 6 must use the link below to complete the middle school registration.
  • All students entering Kindergarten in September also need to use the link below to register.

Families may attach required documents to the electronic form or bring a copy to school once buildings reopen.

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New resources and supports for our students, staff and school community.

Looking for Something Fun & Educational?

FREE Online Summer Learning Opportunity

BCPS is proud to offer students access to Summer Learning Hike – an optional summer learning opportunity. Language Arts, Reading and Mathematics lessons will be available for all students in KG though Grade 6.

Students can work through the lessons at their own pace - 30 minutes 3 days a week, 18 minutes every day, or whatever works best for you.

Students can begin accessing the program anytime by logging into BCPS One with their username and password. From there they will select a NEW tile called Summer Reading Hike. (See below)

Live Summer Learning Hike Tutoring

If your child has questions or needs support, BCPS has also established LIVE Summer Learning Hike TUTORING, Monday–Friday, provided by BCPS teachers in google meets rooms.

Click here for more support: LIVE Summer Learning Hike TUTORING

Baltimore Public Library Summer Reading Challenge

Blast Off With BCPL's Summer Reading Challenge

Student Belongings

We still have a gym filled with bags of items students left in their desks and/or lockers in March. If you have not already done so, you can still pick up your child's belongings. If you think your child may have left jackets, sweatshirts, school supplies, books, lunchboxes or any other personal items at school. please email Mrs. Rigopoulos at

Mrs. Rigopoulos will be able to check to see if your child has a bag of belongings and she can help you arrange a time to pick up the items.

HotSpots Extended Care Program at Lyons Mill

On behalf of myself and the entire HotSpots Team, we hope this letter finds your families safe and well. We are looking forward to reuniting with our students, parents, and staff for the 2020/21 school year.

HotSpots’ primary mission will always been to be a valuable resource to support our students and their families even if schools re-open in a phased approach. We have been investing in many areas of our programs to stay engaged with our students and the whole family. This is HotSpots’ commitment to our Values to Inspire, Educate & Connect.

You can also be assured our team members will be fully prepared to implement new health & safety procedures in alignment with our school districts and county health departments to ensure the safety of everyone.

We continue to be in daily communication with the school systems and will let you know once we know more about the re-opening of our programs. We will update our school communities as information changes &/or new regulations are announced by state or local officials via email and on social media.

In the meantime, we are here as a resource and if you haven’t already enrolled for the 2020/21 school year please visit the following link to ensure your student’s space is reserved, to get-started

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me at (410)707-0677 or through email at

We hope you and your families remain safe & well.

Kind Regards,

Christina Gleason

VP of Business Development

HotSpots Extended Care Programs



To access the language line, please use the following:

  • Language line 1-866-874-3972
  • Client ID 530771
  • Access Code 505171

Although the School Building is Still Officially Closed, You Can Reach to Us By Phone or Email

Our Office Hours During the Summer are 8:30 am -3:00 pm. Someone will be in the office answering phones Monday-Friday.