RES Family Update

Sunday, October 17, 2021

PICTURE MAKE-UP DAY WILL BE FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 5TH

Halloween Parade is scheduled for Friday, October 29.

We will hold our traditional Halloween Parade on Friday, October 29 beginning at 9:30 AM. Students and staff will walk up into town and visit the local businesses. Halloween costumes are encouraged. Please make sure the costumes are appropriate for school and that students will be able to comfortably and safely walk into town during the parade. Our parade line-up will begin at approximately 9:20 in the bus loop. Parents may line the parade route into town on Central Avenue. Parents will not be permitted into the school before or following the parade. More information will be forthcoming in our Halloween letter and permission slip.

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 3-5 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.

Parents will be notified by phone, followed by a letter in the mail. There are two options for quarantined students:

  • Option A: Quarantine at home for 10 days from the last date of known exposure. Your child can return as long as they remain without symptoms.

  • Option B: Quarantine at home for 7 days from the last date of known exposure with testing on or after day 5 from exposure. Your child can return to school on day 8 with a negative PCR test result.


For more details, please see the CCPS News Release.

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 through Thursday, 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.

Calendar:

October 19

Board Work Session - 6 PM


October 20

Unity Spirit Day - Wear Orange to support kindness, acceptance, & inclusion


October 21

Great Earthquake Shakeout - Drop, Cover & Hold Crisis Drill


October 25 - 29

Red Ribbon Week


October 25

Drug free looks like... a bright future (Wear Sunglasses)


October 26

Drug free looks like...me and my friends (Twin Day)


October 27

Drug free looks like...a successful career (Dress for a career)

County Spelling Bee


October 28

Drug free looks like...my school family (RES gear/Colors)


October 29

Halloween Parade - 9:30 AM

Drug free looks like...Halloween fun (Halloween costumes)

1 PM Dismissal for students


November 2

Board of Ed Meeting - 6 PM


November 5

Make- up/retake picture day

1 PM Dismissal

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Substitute Teachers Needed

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Subject: Viral Social Media Challenges Affecting Schools

Dear Families,


There are currently various social media challenges affecting school campuses across the nation. In September, a viral trend called “Devious Licks” encouraged students to steal or damage items on school property and then post photos or videos online. This behavior impacted several schools in Caroline, resulting in a significant cost to replace damaged or stolen property, and maintenance and custodial staff time to repair or replace equipment.


It has recently come to our attention that there are more challenges posted on social media that span the remainder of this school year, and we are reaching out to our families to enlist your help. These are not harmless pranks; most, if not all of the challenges, have the potential to result in serious consequences including suspension, expulsion, police involvement and monetary fines.


Please talk with your children about these challenges, and how harmful and destructive they can be to other people and property. Also stress with them how much is at stake for students considering participation. If you or your child feel the need to report a potential violation connected to a social media trend, contact your school administrator.


We appreciate your support in this matter and look forward to working with you to encourage a positive school culture.


Dr. Derek L. Simmons

Interim Superintendent


BackPack 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.


https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeYSOvXNI-lNSkn_57ko6dJaRvvJyMkfVFGZuos0jFDONi-eg/viewform

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 PIO@ccpsstaff.org (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.
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School office hours are Monday - Friday from 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM.

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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.


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