Talbot County Public Schools
Update /Actualización | Issue: #16 | 1-8-2021
January 11-15: TCPS continues remote learning for all students
January 13: TCPS announces learning model for the week of January 18th
January 18: Martin Luther King Day- Schools Closed
January 20: Board of Education Meeting and Public Budget Hearing at 5:30 PM
January 29: End of Quarter/Semester
FY22 Public Budget Hearing
It's Time to Nominate the 2021 Teacher and Support Staff of the Year!
Talbot County Public Schools is excited to announce that the process to select the 2021 Teacher of the Year and Support Staff of the Year has begun! Is there a teacher or member of the TCPS support staff who is truly outstanding, has made a significant impact on your family, and/or goes above and beyond in their commitment as a professional? The Teacher of the Year and Support Staff of the Year programs are a fantastic way to recognize educators who exemplify excellence.
Any individual within the school system or any member of the community may nominate a candidate to apply to be Talbot’s Teacher of the Year or Support Staff of the Year. The nomination forms are linked below. Nominations for both Teacher of the Year and Support Staff of the Year are due by Friday, February 5, 2021.
Please note: nominations from family members will not be considered.
CDES Thanks the Cordova Firemen's Association Ladies Auxiliary
Dr. Kari Clow, CDES Principal, Amy Palmer, CDES Administrative Intern and Dr. Kelly Griffith, TCPS Superintendent recognized the Ladies Auxiliary of the Cordova Firemens Association for their support of Chapel District Elemenary. The Ladies Auxiliary donated hand made masks for students and over $1,200 for the Giving Tree program that provided CDES families gifts and needed supplies during the holidays. They also have dropped off treats and baked goods to our staff!
Little Rascals Coat Drive!
From TCPS Mental Health Coordinator Rob Schmidt
As our community strives to reduce the spread of Covid-19 and to protect our most vulnerable populations, the mental health and emotional implications will not have a vaccination to provide a quick solution. Schools remain on the front lines and are well positioned to identify the social, emotional, and mental health needs of our youth. However, there’s no greater substitute for the role parent/guardians play in their child’s development and advocacy to access the necessary supports when needed. As a community, we can all work towards the early identification of mental health needs and to assist with reducing the national epidemic of youth suicide. Talbot County Public Schools has social workers on staff in addition to three mental health service providers for students and families should additional supports be needed.
The chief risk factor associated with suicide is the noticeable symptoms of depression. These may include feeling socially isolated, becoming withdrawn, loss of interest, increase in sleep, loss of energy, feeling hopeless, changes in appetite, feeling more sad than happy, changes in behavior (including irritableness or becoming more tearful), increase in risk taking behaviors (including experimentation with drugs/alcohol), and loss of previously enjoyed activities (this is not a complete list of symptoms).
If your child or family is struggling with any of the symptoms noted above, please do not hesitate to “Ask-4-Help” (Yellow Ribbon Suicide Prevention Program). Should you have questions or need more information, please call Dr. Rob Schmidt, Mental Health Coordinator for Talbot County Public Schools at 410-822-0330.
1. If Urgent Crisis call 911/Urgent 24/7
2. 24/7 Mobile Crisis Response 1-888-407-8018
3. Eastern Shore Psychological Services 410-822-5007
4. Bridges Behavioral Health 410-758-8750
5. Peace of Mind 410-690-8181
6. Maryland Helpline Call 211 then press 1
7. National Suicide Hotline 1-800-273-8255
8. For All Seasons 410-822-1018
9. Sun Behavioral Health (DE) -24-hour Assistance: (302) 604 - 5606
TCPS meal distribution resumed this week. Meal pick up is offered at all locations except Easton High School on Tuesdays and Fridays from 4:00 - 5:30 p.m. for all children ages 2-18.