Talbot County Public Schools

Superintendent's Update | April 10, 2020

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Dear TCPS Families,

As we conclude our first week of Continuity of Learning, I am amazed and proud of all that we have accomplished as a community in response to the previously unimaginable conditions that have been imposed on us as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The results are a testimony to the technological infrastructure that was already in place, as well as the fierce determination of the TCPS Team. Some of our rapid adjustments include:

  • Distributing more than 1700 iPads to K-5 students
  • Increased hotspots at schools and throughout the community
  • Establishing a technology helpdesk at EHS and SMES
  • Performing updates to FROG, necessary to handle the increased volume
  • Providing needed access and equipment to staff
  • Using google classroom tools
  • Working around the clock to reach ALL children which included distributing over 800 packets to students who do not have adequate internet access at home
  • Writing grants to obtain hot spots (Thank you Talbot Family Network)

While we realize that the current situation is imperfect, we are grateful to be able to reconnect with our students to the extent that we have, and look forward to continued progress in the coming weeks.

In preparation for week two of Continuity of Learning, we would like to share the following procedures for our Virtual IT Help Desk. VIRTUAL HELP DESK PROCEDURES

To address some of the many questions we know parents have had, we have prepared the following Q&A’s (FAQ’s) for your review and information. Please don’t hesitate to contact your child’s teacher or school administration with any questions or concerns. FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS DURING COVID-19 CLOSURE

The current situation also presents potential challenges with regard to the safety and well-being of students. With families now isolated at home, students may also be facing new and diverse mental health challenges.

Please remember the Safe Schools Maryland Tip Line is an anonymous reporting system used to report threats to the safety and/or well-being of students. Be sure to take a look at the additional resources linked below.

I hope you all are able to find new ways to enjoy family time this weekend while still adhering to Governor Hogan’s Stay at Home Directive imposed due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. I am truly grateful to have the opportunity to continue to serve as your Superintendent of Schools and work with such an amazing team!

Stay tuned, stay hopeful, and stay healthy!

Join the TCPS Virtual Community Choir!

We are excited to bring to you an opportunity to join the TCPS virtual community choir. Our secondary Choral Arts teachers have been hard at work preparing for the fun. Watch the video to learn how YOU can participate. The project is open to our entire community!
TCPS Virtual Choir!

Over 800 Learning Packets Assembled and Mailed!

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More than 800 packets were prepared and mailed for students who have inadequate internet access. It is important to note that the high school packets are individually prepared in order to provide students with the learning they need. Due to the broad spectrum of student schedules, each packet (every week) has to be customized to make sure students receive the correct work. THANK YOU to all TCPS team members who helped with packets!

The Technology Help Desk is open!

Email: helpdesk@talbotschools.org to schedule an appointment. VIRTUAL HELP DESK PROCEDURES
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How The Coronavirus Pandemic Is Impacting Kids’ Mental Health, NBC Nightly News

How The Coronavirus Pandemic Is Impacting Kids’ Mental Health | NBC Nightly News

Cyber-bullying Facts – Top 10 Forms of Cyber Bullying, Kaspersky

Cyber-bullying Facts – Top 10 Forms of Cyber Bullying

Shout out to our Teacher and Support Staff of the Year Finalists!

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Congratulations to All!

Each year, Talbot County Public Schools honors teachers and support staff through the Teacher of the Year and Support Staff of the Year Program. This provides the opportunity to recognize outstanding educators who have innovative ideas, focus positive attention on education, and demonstrate superior commitment to students. Any member of the community may nominate teachers or support staff for these prestigious awards.

Five finalists have been selected from the nominations for both Teacher of the Year and Support Staff of the Year. TCPS is pleased to recognize these outstanding educators.

Teacher of the Year Finalists:

Leslie Beveridge – 1st Grade Teacher, CDES

Daniel Brundige - 6th-8th Grade Social Studies and Language Arts Teacher, EMS

David Cherry - Mathematics Teacher, EHS

Jennifer Childress - 3rd Grade Teacher, CDES

Heather Orr – 2nd Grade Teacher, EES

Support Staff of the Year Finalists:

Tasha Aikens - Instructional Assistant – Special Education, EHS

Theressa Hoskin - Instructional Assistant - Kindergarten, WMES

Tina Morris - Drop-Out Prevention and Re-engagement Specialist, Student Services.

Susan Redmond - Instructional Assistant, Pre-Kindergarten, WMES

Diane Vodak, Instructional Assistant - P3, EES-D

The 2020-2021 Teacher of the Year and Support Staff of the year winners will be announced at the annual celebration which will be held at a date yet to be determined due to the closure of schools.

Talbot County Covid-19 Information Website

Talbot County has launched a website to keep our community informed. Visit: http://talbotcovid19.org/ for the latest information on Coronavirus,