September 8, 2020 is the first day of school for the GCPS students.

The GCPS central office will be closed to the public until further notice. Anyone with a question or concern may contact, and you will receive a response.

There have been 70 confirmed cases of Coronavirus in Garrett County.

Please continue to check our website and the GCPS Coronavirus Updates page for more information.

Broad Ford

Elementary School

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Home Of The Bobcats
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Welcome To Broad Ford Elementary!!

Welcome To Broad Ford Elementary!!

Thank You Newman's Funeral Home!

Garrett County Public Schools would like to thank Lynn and Carol Newman of Newman Funeral Homes, P.A. for showing their support and giving back to our community by providing school supplies for all elementary school students enrolled with Garrett County Public Schools. Providing the vision for this project, Rich Mattingly, Supervisor & Rhonda Sisler, Secretary of the Newman Funeral Homes, P.A., Oakland, worked diligently to secure 1,800 school supply packets to be handed out. Each pack included 31 items. School supply packets were delivered to Accident, Friendsville, Grantsville, Rt. 40, Broadford, Crellin, Swan Meadow, and Yough Glades elementary schools. GCPS thanks Lynn and Carol and all those who volunteered to help make this a success.
Pictured at the left is Lynn Newman, owner of Newman Funeral Homes, P.A. and Rich Mattingly, Supervisor, preparing the boxes for delivery to the elementary schools in Garrett County.
At the right is Lynn Newman presenting kits to Dawna Ashby, Principal of Broadford Elementary School.
Newman's gathering supplies
Mrs. Ashby receiving donations of school supplies,


State and Federal laws require that the Garrett County Public Schools provide free and appropriate educational programs for all children with disabilities living in Garrett County.
Services, which can be provided by the Board of Education, include evaluation and direct services in speech and language therapy, physical therapy, occupational therapy, developmental skills for preschools and academic help for children of school age. These services are provided through the Special Education programs to all students who qualify.
If you know of any individuals with a disability ages birth through twenty-one years of age who are not receiving educational programs, please contact:
Dr. Chelsie Manges
Interim Director of Special Education
Garrett County Public Schools
40 South Second Street
Oakland, MD 21550
Ms. Deneice Crites
Birth to Five Coordinator
Garrett County Public Schools
40 South Second Street
Oakland, MD 21550


GCPS Announces the Process for At-Home Hot Spots

GCPS has been awarded a grant from the Maryland State Office of Rural Broadband to provide hot spots for at-home, virtual learning. Please apply for a hot spot if you currently do not have internet access, or if you feel your internet access is not sufficient for virtual learning. The applications will be used to prioritize distribution, as we will not be provided enough for every individual household. To apply online, please fill out the form below. If you have trouble accessing the form, you may apply via phone, toll-free at 1-888-285-7254.

Important: Back to School Updates for the Modified Red Phase

We are working on Back to School Orientation sessions. Each family will have a set time to meet with their child’s teacher on campus. This will take place the week of September 8th-11th. These sessions will happen in small group settings and follow CDC guidelines. During this orientation families will learn about the platform and processes that will be used for our online learning.
You are hearing a lot about Schoology. This platform will be how teachers communicate and deliver instruction to your child. The teachers lessons will include some live instruction as well as pre recorded sessions to help families. Don’t worry if your child misses a live session as these sessions will be recorded and shared with all students in the class.
Families who need devices will receive them during the Back to School Orientation session.
Schedules and time allotments for subjects will be shared by your child’s teachers during the first week of school. Please note that your child will not be required to be online all day.
You will be contacted in the near future with a time for your orientation. Thank you for your patience as we continue to move forward with the modified red reopening.

Meal Applications

Parents may complete the meal application process online via the following link:
Paper copies will be available at the school as well.

Food and Nutrition Update!!!!!!

The Garrett County Public Schools’ Food & Nutrition Services Office is happy to announce that supper meals for all Garrett County children, ages 18 and under, can still be distributed free of charge. Beginning Sept. 17, 2020 meals for all children, ages 18 and under, may be picked on Thursday evenings at the locations below. There will be seven suppers for children distributed at this time.

Please remember to fill out a new meal application form for students, because last year’s applications have expired.

This is still an important step for the FNS Department. The information is used for funding several different programs that benefit all students in Garrett County, regardless of their meal status. Even if you believe you might be over the income limit, it never hurts to fill one out; it may help the students of Garrett County. An application can be picked up at any school site or meal distribution site. An application can be downloaded from the Food & Nutrition Services website at: or an online application can be submitted to the Food & Nutrition Services Office at:
Applications can be mailed to the Food & Nutrition Services Office at 770 Dennett Road, Oakland, MD 21550, or returned to a school or meal distribution site.
Supper meals must be picked up at one the distribution sites listed below, even for students who are attending school on campus this fall. This is because the meals may not be sent home from school due to USDA regulations.
Seven days of suppers will be distributed, free of charge, on Thursday evenings at the locations listed below; please note these are different locations than the locations for the breakfast and lunches for virtual students. On-site, virtual and non-students under 18 are welcome to pick up suppers.

Supper Meals for all children 18 and under will be distributed at the following locations:

  • Emmanuel United Methodist Church- 29 Pocahontas Rd - Thursday: 5:00- 5:15
  • Bittinger Lutheran Parish - 22 Maynardier Ridge Rd, Thursday: 5:45 - 6:00
  • Swanton Community Center- 3335 Swanton Road – Thursday: 6:25 - 6:40
  • Deer Park – 81 Church Street – Thursday: 6:50 – 7:05
  • Southern Middle School - 605 Harvey Winters Drive - Thursday: 5:00 – 5:20
  • Liberty Mews - 100 Liberty Square Drive– Thursday: 5:00 – 5:15
  • Crellin -52 Crellin Street– Thursday: 5:30 – 5:45
  • Deer Park - 8 Rockville Ct - Thursday: 6:05 – 6:20
  • Gorman - 271 Gorman Road - Thursday: 6:40 – 6:55
  • Grantsville-, 121 Bittinger Lane - Thursday: 5:00 – 5:15
  • Friendsville Volunteer Fire Dept. - 944 2nd Ave - Thursday: 5:40 – 5:55
  • Hickory Environmental Center (Northern Middle’s bus Loop)- 604 Pride Parkway - Thursday: 6:15 – 6:30
  • Garrett County Chamber of Commerce – 15 Vistors Center Drive, - Thursday: 6:50 – 7:05
  • Bloomington – 334 North Branch Avenue–Thursday: 5:00 – 5:15
  • Kitzmiller – 288 W Main Street- Thursday: 5:45 – 6:00
  • Loch Lynn Town Hall, Loch Lynn, MD – Thursday: 6:25 – 6:40
All operations may change as United States Department of Agriculture regulations change.




Mission Statement

Broad Ford Elementary staff aspires to unfold studnet potential by using teaching practices that are reflective and responsive based on student needs. We will provide an atmosphere of safety, teamwork and mutual respect among staff, students, family, and community.

Vision Statement

Our vision at Broad Ford Elementary is, through a collaborative effort, to prepare our students to respect core values, become creative problem-solvers through critical thinking skills, to become lifelong learners and positive contributors to society.