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Return to Learn 2020-2021

Washington County Public Schools (WCPS) has resumed in-person classes in Stage 4 as of Tuesday, February 16, 2021. 

View the WCPS Students in School stages here. 

When your student can return

In Stage 4 of the WCPS Return to Learn Plan, all students who would like to attend school in person may return to their buildings.

The following students are eligible to attend in-person classes five school days a week:

  • Pre-kindergarten
  • Kindergarten
  • 1st grade
  • Stage 2 students
  • Stage 3 students*

*Washington County Technical High School students will attend school on a modified schedule.

All other students in grades two through 12 are eligible to attend school on an A-day/B-day schedule.

  • A-day students attend in person every Monday, Wednesday, and every other Friday.
  • B-day students attend in person every Tuesday, Thursday, and every other Friday.
  • When students are not attending school in person, they will attend through distance learning with live, online instruction from their teacher in the classroom with their peers.

All in-person and online students will transition to a modified schedule. The student day will begin on or near their home school’s traditional start time and end earlier than the traditional end time.

During Stage 4, students will be participating in classes online with their teachers who will likely be instructing other students in person in the classroom.

DISTANCE LEARNING THROUGH SCHOOL RE-OPENING

If parents/guardians prefer their student learns online, they can continue to do so until Stage 5. Stage 5 is when all students return to schools.


Student health and safety protocols

Returning students to classrooms in a safe way will require the collective efforts of students, families, and our WCPS staff. It is important that everyone in our learning community uphold and follow the established health and safety protocols, which are based off of local and national guidance. 

These include, but are not limited to:

  • Screening at home daily for COVID-19 symptoms.
  • Wearing face coverings throughout the day in all school facilities and buses.
  • Washing and sanitizing hands throughout the day.
  • Cleaning and disinfecting surfaces throughout schools.
  • Maintaining physical distancing of six feet or more among others.

view the latest student health and safety protocols

COVID-19 Response website

WCPS has developed a website that includes information about all of our health and safety protocols for students and staff during COVID-19. You can also find other community resources that may be helpful in navigating the pandemic.

VISIT THE COVID-19 RESPONSE WEBSITE


Tools for Communicating with Teachers

Parents are encouraged to use ParentVUE and WCPS email to communicate directly with teachers regarding their children. Each student in pre-k through grade 12 is assigned a WCPS email address, which can be used for parents to email teachers.

Teachers can also invite parents and guardians as guests to their child’s Google Classroom. Parents can choose to receive daily or weekly assignment summaries to track their child’s progress. Please contact your child's teacher for more information.


technology HELP HOTLINE

Technology team members will be available from 8:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m. Monday-Friday to provide assistance with your child's WCPS-issued device.
Technology Help Hotline: 301-766-8990
 

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Return to play - athletics

WCPS winter athletes are currently participating in virtual conditioning activities.

Modified in-person practices began on Saturday, February 6, 2021. If in-person practices cannot begin on this date, the winter sports season will be canceled in Washington County.

Within the first 20 days of practice, each team will scrimmage other county teams. The competitive schedule will include playing county teams again for the record. Assuming winter sports begins on February 6, 2021, the first eligible competition date will be Friday, February 26, 2021.

Coaches and athletic directors will communicate with student athletes and families regarding practice and competition arrangements closer to the time of in-person activities. WCPS will be following state guidelines and will share additional information regarding spectators at sporting events closer to the start of competitions.


meal services

It has been a priority of WCPS to continue to provide access to school meals through the COVID-19 pandemic. Our Food Services staff is operating meal sites at different locations across Washington County this school year. FREE meals are provided to anyone 18 & under at Meal Sites or In-School. Remember: Meal Sites are open – when schools are open.

If you have a positive balance on your Meal Services Account, use this form located on the Food and Nutrition Services page to transfer your balance. 

 

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Download this flyer as a PDF (click here)


return to learn plan: reopen and accelerate learning

As required by the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE), WCPS released the Return to Learn Plan: Reopen and Accelerate Learning and posted the document to the website by August 14, 2020 (updated 10/23/2020). This document outlines the priorities, strategies, and operations of WCPS for continuous learning through the COVID-19 pandemic. Please note the table of contents topics are linked to their respective sections of the plan. 


DISTANCE LEARNING STUDENT SCHEDULES

STAGE 4 SCHOOL DAY

All in-person and online students will transition to a modified school day schedule. The student day will begin on or near their home school’s traditional start time and end earlier than the traditional end time.

CLICK HERE FOR STAGE 4 SCHOOL DAY SCHEDULE

All times are approximate and subject to change

Students returning in Stage 4 in grades two through 12 will be attending school on an A-day/B-day schedule.

  • A-day students attend in person every Monday, Wednesday, and every other Friday.
  • B-day students attend in person every Tuesday, Thursday, and every other Friday.

CLICK HERE FOR AN A-DAY/B-DAY CALENDAR

When students are not attending school in person, they will attend through distance learning following the Stage 4 school day schedule by joining live, online classes with their teacher and their peers.