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School Reopening Plan: Accelerate Learning @ WCPS

Posted July 15, 2021

Washington County Public Schools (WCPS) is sharing the school reopening plan for the 2021-2022 school year. This was developed in accordance with requirements from the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) and to provide a safe and healthy learning environment for in-person learning while the COVID-19 pandemic continues. 

The plan will be available on the WCPS website throughout the school year and will be updated at least every six months. 

This document contains important information about Washington County Public Schools’ reopening plans for the 2021-2022 school year. If you are unable to read it, please have someone explain it to you in a language you understand, or call 301-766-2977.

Este documento contiene información importante sobre los planes de reapertura de las Escuelas Públicas del Condado de Washington para el año escolar 2021-2022. Si no puede leerlo, pídale a alguien que se lo explique en un idioma que comprenda o llame al 301-766-2977.

Ce document contient des informations importantes sur les plans de réouverture des écoles publiques du comté de Washington pour l'année scolaire 2021-2022. Si vous ne parvenez pas à le lire, demandez à quelqu'un de vous l'expliquer dans une langue que vous comprenez ou appelez le 301-766-2977.



Original posting of reopening plan - July 15, 2021

Hagerstown, MD (July 15, 2021) - Washington County Public Schools (WCPS) seeks feedback from the community for its draft plan to spend federal funding that will support students in their recovery through the COVID-19 pandemic. A virtual event will be hosted by WCPS to receive input from the community regarding WCPS’ draft of the American Rescue Plan (ARP) Elementary and Secondary Schools Emergency Relief (ESSER) funding. The virtual event will be held on Wednesday, July 21, 2021 at 4:00 p.m.

The ARP ESSER fund is providing nearly $122 billion to States to support schools in safely reopening and sustaining safe operations of schools while meeting the academic, social, emotional, and mental health needs of students resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. WCPS is being provided $55,329,089. 

view the draft wcps arp esser III fund application and certifications

WCPS received the ARP ESSER grant application on June 25, 2021 and additional requirements from the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) on July 9, 2021. Throughout the pandemic, WCPS has incorporated broad stakeholder feedback in plans to safely return students to schools and accelerate learning. That feedback continues to be considered in the draft WCPS ARP ESSER plan.

At the virtual public input event on Wednesday, July 21, Dr. Peggy Pugh, Associate Superintendent of Administration and Leadership, and Dr. Gary Willow, Associate Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction, will provide an overview of WCPS’ draft 2021-2022 school reopening plan and the draft WCPS ARP ESSER plan. Participants will be able to comment and provide feedback electronically following the presentation. Input will also be received regarding the annual Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) plan. Students, WCPS staff, families, and community stakeholders who would like to participate in the virtual event should register in advance.

Click here to register for the virtual event

Participants will be sent an email by July 20, 2021 with a link to join.

survey and email feedback

In addition to the virtual event, community members can also complete a stakeholder survey at: Responses will be collected through July 28, 2021. The survey takes approximately 10 minutes to complete.

General comments are also welcomed via email through July 28, 2021 to [email protected]

Community input will be incorporated into the final plan that will be submitted to MSDE by the July 30, 2021 deadline. The school reopening plan and the ARP ESSER plan will be reviewed at least every six months and updated on the WCPS website.