Talbot County Public Schools

Superintendent's Update | April 8, 2022 | #31

Upcoming Dates

April 11-15: Spring Break

April 18: Schools are OPEN - Make-up snow day

April 20: Board of Education Meeting

Superintendent's Update 4-8-22
4-8-22 Actualización


April 7th was an amazing evening celebrating TCPS Educators! Congratulations to our 2022-2023 Teacher of the Year KATIE SPIES, Easton Elementary Kindergarten Teacher, Support Staff of the Year BERENICE ORELLANA, Easton High Multilingual Family Liaison, and ALL of our FINALISTS! In the words of Shannon Beatty, TOY/SSOY Supervisor, "This evening we honor the very best of TCPS; the backbone and heart of our school system." Many thanks to Pat Papineau and Hertrich Chevrolet Buick GMC for their continued support of the TCPS Teacher and Support Staff of the Year program!
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2022 Support Staff of the Year!
2022 Teacher of the Year Announcement!


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Congratulations to all of our students who earned Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA)! Easton High students Kat Booth, Isaiah Haythe, and Mia Wheatley represented this year’s RYLA team by presenting to the District Rotary Conference, held in Easton at the Academy Art Museum. The students did a fantastic job sharing their experiences and what they learned at RYLA. Dr. Griffith was in attendance at the District Conference and Easton Rotarian Kendrick Daly served as Rotarian Leader at RYLA. The following students were also selected for RYLA: Carson Allen, Ahltair Baltimore, Julian Bauer, Chris Baynard, Ella Chandler, Torian Copper, Rachel Davis, Kaitlin Flaherty, Yuliana Jimenez, Spencer Rada, Calvin Roser. Many thanks to the Easton Rotary for supporting and facilitating this opportunity for our students!


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From left: Choptank Health’s Jennifer Insley, White Marsh Elementary School Principal Kimberly Seidel, and Choptank Health’s Kim Fitzgerald, CRNP at White Marsh Elementary.

Choptank Community Health System expanded its Talbot County School-Based Health Center program with the addition of a new health center at White Marsh Elementary School on March 21. The center is made possible through a partnership with Choptank Health, Talbot County Public Schools, and the Talbot County Health Department.

“We want to keep our students and staff as healthy as they can be,” says White Marsh Elementary School Principal Kimberly Seidel. “We’re seeing several new registrations each day and are encouraging parents and guardians to register their students for these important school-based health services by contacting our administrative offices during school hours.”

The White Marsh Elementary School health center is open on Mondays and Wednesdays from 12 noon to 3:30 p.m. and is staffed with medical professionals from Choptank Health and the Talbot County Health Department. All TCPS public school students and staff can enroll in the program and utilize any Talbot SBHC site regardless of ability to pay.

“Now students in and around Trappe have access to our School-Based Health Center,” says Choptank Health CEO Sara Rich. “We’re grateful for our partnerships and staff to be able to bring this access to dental and medical health services to more students and their families.”

Rich says School-Based Health Centers oftentimes provide a child with their only form of medical or dental care, furthering the importance of this new center.

“We’re grateful for Talbot County Public Schools' partnership with Choptank Health,” said Talbot County Public Schools Superintendent Kelly Griffith. “Our students can focus more on learning when they feel good and are well, while our school families benefit from the convenience and accessibility of these important services.”

Choptank Health operates 32 School-Based Health Centers in Caroline, Dorchester, Kent, and Talbot County Public Schools, offering medical and/or dental services for enrolled K-12 students. A new primary care mobile health unit is additionally being used as part of Choptank Health’s medical and dental School-Based Health Center services.

The School-Based Health Centers provide in-person, virtual, curbside well and urgent care, and other services including health education and risk assessment, sports and other physical exams, dietary support, asthma management, and sick or acute care.

Student enrollment in Choptank Health’s School-Based Wellness and Dental Programs can be made by contacting your student’s Caroline, Dorchester, Kent, Queen Anne’s, or Talbot County public school.

Choptank Community Health System provides medical and dental services in Caroline, Dorchester, and Talbot counties, with a mission to provide access to exceptional, comprehensive, and integrated healthcare for all. Choptank Community Health’s medical services include primary healthcare, women’s health, pediatrics, behavioral health, chronic health management, and care navigation, with new medical patients now being accepted. More information is at www.choptankhealth.org.

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TCPS is Looking For Substitute Teachers!

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Earn a weekly bonus on top of our new pay rates. Click to Apply: https://tcps.tedk12.com/hire/ViewJob.aspx?JobID=28


Non degree - $16/hr

AA degree - $18/hr

BA degree - $20/hr

Certified teacher - $25/hr


Work 3 days in one week - $100

Work 4 days in one week - $150

Work 5 days in one week - $200


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The Maryland Department of Health has provided free COVID-19 home test kits to our School Health Centers for distribution to TCPS families if needed. Parents wishing to pick up a test kit may contact their school nurse’s office to make arrangements.


  • The Health Department is still testing at their test site at 28712 Glebe Road Easton MD 21601 Monday through Friday 9 AM to 2:30 PM. Appointments are required and do fill up very fast. You can call 410-819-5632 to make an appointment.

· **When taking at-home covid tests, you can report your results here**


  • Where: Talbot County Vaccine Center, 102 Marlboro Ave Easton MD
  • When: Monday through Friday 10 AM to 6 PM

5-11-year-olds on Fridays, no appointment required

· Who: Anyone 5 years old and older

5-11-year-olds are eligible for their Pfizer vaccine which is available on Fridays, no appointment required

  • Pfizer: Anyone 12 years and older
  • Moderna: Anyone 18 years and older
  • J&J: Anyone 18 years and older


Anyone 12 years and older who is at least 5 months after their second shot


· When to go to the ER – Shore Regional Health

· Choptank Community Health COVID Info

· Choptank Community Health COVID Answers – Q&A Videos

· Emergency Rental Assistance Program

Bullying and cyberbullying, harassment and intimidation, hazing, and/or bias behaviors are unsafe behaviors that do not reflect respect for others as defined by Policy 10.16 on STUDENT CONDUCT – BULLYING, HARASSMENT OR INTIMIDATION . If a student is a target of one of these behaviors, you can report it using the Bullying, Harassment, or Intimidation Reporting Form (linked below).

The form is also available at all schools, in the main office and the school’s counseling office. Students can also report issues directly to a staff member. When a situation that involves any of these behaviors is reported, staff members will respond quickly and will provide a practical, private, and safe place to report.


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