All GCPS schools will be closed from March 16 through April 24, 2020.

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

There are 3 confirmed cases of Coronavirus in Garrett County at the present time.

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

Coronavirus

Updates

2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

GCPS Coronavirus COVID-19 Updates

The meal delivery to all 16 sites throughout the county will continue. Only the delivery to students’ homes has been discontinued. It is necessary, however, to adjust the schedule in the coming weeks. Again, we do appreciate your patience as we make adjustments to our plan to serve as many children as possible while still ensuring the safety of our employees. The holiday weekend has also been adjusted so that our employees may enjoy time with their families. Please note the following:

Friday, April 3, 2020 – No meal delivery
Friday, April 10, 2020 (Good Friday) – No meal delivery
Monday, April 13, 2020 (Easter Monday) – No meal delivery

Thursday, April 2, 2020 – Two days of meals will be delivered to all 16 sites
Thursday, April 9, 2020 – Three days of meals will be delivered to all 16 sites

All GCPS schools will be closed from March 16 through April 24, 2020.

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

There are 3 confirmed cases of Coronavirus in Garrett County at the present time.

Garrett County Public Schools is closely monitoring the 2019 Novel Coronavirus. Please check back for updates or sign up using the form below for news updates.
 
 
 

Coronavirus Tips & Precautions

 
Follow the advice from the CDC to use the following universal precautions to protect yourself
Wash Hands
Wash hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds. Washing hands correctly is the most important thing you can do to stay healthy.
Clean Surfaces
Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces, such as toys, doorknobs, especially if someone is sick.
Avoid Touching Face
Avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
Avoid Contact with sick
Avoid close contact such as kissing, hugging, and sharing cups or eating utensils with people who are sick.
Cover cough
Cover your cough and sneezes with a tissue or shirt sleeve, not your hands.
Stay Home when Sick
Stay home when you are sick and keep sick children home from school if they are ill with a fever.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

GCPS Announces Meal Delivery Plan for the Next Two Weeks

04/01/2020 at 11:45 am
The meal delivery to all 16 sites throughout the county will continue. Only the delivery to students’ homes has been discontinued. It is necessary, however, to adjust the schedule in the coming weeks. Again, we do appreciate your patience as we make adjustments to our plan to serve as many children as possible while still ensuring the safety of our employees. The holiday weekend has also been adjusted so that our employees may enjoy time with their families. Please note the following:
 
Friday, April 3, 2020 – No meal delivery
Friday, April 10, 2020 (Good Friday) – No meal delivery
Monday, April 13, 2020 (Easter Monday) – No meal delivery
 
Thursday, April 2, 2020 – Two days of meals will be delivered to all 16 sites
Thursday, April 9, 2020 – Three days of meals will be delivered to all 16 sites
 

GCPS Continuing Meal Delivery; Must Suspend Home Delivery

03/31/2020 at 9:40 am
 
Garrett County Public Schools will continue meal delivery to the 16 sites throughout the county. However, the home delivery option must be discontinued in response to Governor Hogan’s mandate that all non-essential personnel stay home. At this time, the delivery of meals to the current sites does meet the definition of an essential service to children. We thank you again for your patience as we adapt our practices in order to keep our employees, their families, and the community safe.
 

Continuity of Learning to Begin April 6, 2020

03/28/20 at 6:42 pm
 
Governor Hogan and State Superintendent Salmon announced that all public schools in the state of Maryland would be closed for an additional four weeks. Garrett County Public Schools central office and school-based administrative staff have been working during the two-week emergency closure of all Maryland schools to prepare for the format and distribution of student work now that schools are closed through April 24th.
 
The third grading period will end Friday, April 3, 2020. The fourth grading term will begin on Monday, April 6th. Teachers will accept any and all work submitted on or before April 3 and grade assignments as per their classroom procedure.
 
This upcoming week, each principal will work with teachers and support staff to finalize the online learning component, if applicable. The continuity of learning will officially begin on April 6th for students through various means depending on the students’ and families’ connectivity and technology access. Each principal has the results of the survey regarding technology that was publicized during the emergency closure period. However, families may receive an email or phone call from GCPS central office staff or your child’s school to ensure that we have as much information as possible to make informed decisions. Based on those results, teachers may distribute learning packets to students who do not have online connectivity and/or technology. These learning packets will also be distributed the week of April 6th. Please follow the directions that will be included with the packet or provided by the principals via the school system website.
 
We ask for your patience as GCPS works through the transition to online learning and/or the distribution and content of learning packets.

AP Updates for Schools Impacted by Coronavirus

03/26/2020 at 9:18 am
 
High school students taking AP exams in May can get support from the College Board while schools are closed due to the coronavirus.
Beginning on Wednesday, March 25, students and schools will have access to free, live AP review lessons, delivered by AP teachers from across the country. The lessons will focus on reviewing the skills and concepts from the first 75% of the course. These mobile-friendly classes are:
  • Designed to be used alongside work that may be given by schools.
  • Recorded and will be available on-demand so teachers and students can access them any time.
  • Not dependent on current AP teachers continuing instruction. We know many AP teachers now face challenges that would make that impossible.
 

GCPS Schools Remain Closed through April 24, 2020

03/25/2020 at 12:23 pm
 
Governor Larry Hogan and State Superintendent of Schools Dr. Karen Salmon announced today (March 25, 2020) that all Maryland Public Schools will remain closed for an additional four weeks through April 24 in response to the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic. In light of this announcement, all Garrett County Public Schools (GCPS) will adhere to the directive and remain closed through April 24, 2020.
 
The administrative leadership team and staff members in GCPS has been working on a plan to address the continuity of learning. As soon as the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) provides guidance on a timeline of implementation, GCPS will finalize our plan and communicate the details to all stakeholders including students, parents, and our staff. In the interim, please visit www.garrettcountyschools.org and https://www.garrettcountyschools.org/coronavirus to stay up-to-date on the latest information.
 

Update on GCPS Meal Sites and Delivery

03/24/2020 at 1:53 pm
 
After our first week of meal sites, Garrett County Public Schools has found it necessary to change the current meal delivery plan. Beginning Wednesday, March 25th, all meals will be delivered to the current list of meal sites at lunchtime only. GCPS will not be offering an evening delivery. Three meals and a snack will be supplied at that time. The lunch meal will be a hot meal, while all other items will be cold or dry items.
 
Home delivery of meals for those who have signed up will be delivered beginning on Wednesday, March 25th. Deliveries will be daily between 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM this week. Should the school closure be extended beyond March 27, beginning Monday, March 30th home-delivered meals will be delivered once a week and will include 5 days of meals. It is the hope that all of the meals can be delivered on Monday, March 30th, between 11:30 AM and 1:00 PM.
 
Times for each site are listed below. The meals may not be eaten on site, but rather should be taken home to enjoy. Cars will drive up, and bags of food will be handed to the driver. Meals will be distributed at the following locations while schools are closed:
 
Deer Park Town Hall - 100 Church Street, Deer Park, MD
Monday – Friday: Lunch (10:30-10:50)
 
Swanton Otterbein United Methodist Church - 3443 Swanton Road, Swanton, MD
Monday – Friday: Lunch (11:00-11:20)
 
Bittinger Fire Hall - 176 Brenneman Road, Bittinger, MD
Monday – Friday: Lunch (11:45-12:05)
 
Eastern Garrett Fire Hall - 401 Finzel Rd, Frostburg, MD
Monday – Friday: Lunch (12:35-12:55)
 
Dennett Road School - 770 Dennett Road, Oakland, MD
Monday – Friday: Lunch (11:30-12:00)

Liberty Mews - 451 Liberty Street, Oakland, MD
Monday – Friday: Lunch (11:00-11:20)

Crellin - 57 Crellin Street, Crellin, MD
Monday – Friday: Lunch (11:35-11:55)

Oakland Town Parking Lot - 103 Town Park Lane, Oakland, MD
Monday – Friday: Lunch (12:10-12:30)
 
Deer Park - 198 Frank Custer Drive, Deer Park, MD
Monday – Friday: Lunch (12:45-1:05)
 
Garrett County Chamber of Commerce - 15 Visitors Center Drive, McHenry, MD
Monday – Friday: Lunch (10:40-11:00)

Hickory Environmental Center (Northern Middle’s bus loop) - 604 Pride Parkway, Accident, MD
Monday – Friday: Lunch (11:20-11:40)

Friendsville Elementary School - 841 First Avenue, Friendsville, MD
Monday – Friday: Lunch (12:00-12:20)

Grantsville Elementary School - 120 Grant Street, Grantsville, MD
Monday – Friday: Lunch (12:40-1:00)
 
Loch Lynn - 319 Roanoke Avenue, Loch Lynn, MD (pavilion)
Monday – Friday: Lunch (11:00-11:20)

Kitzmiller Community Park - 290 W. Main Street, Kitzmiller, MD
Monday – Friday: Lunch (11:45-12:05)
 
Bloomington Park - 334 North Branch Avenue, Bloomington, MD
Monday – Friday: Lunch (12:30-12:50)
 
If you have any questions, please contact the Food and Nutrition Services Office at 301-334-7652 or 888-262-2792.
 

GCPS Update on COVID-19

03/19/2020 at 12:36 pm
 
The following message is from Ms. Barbara L. Baker, Superintendent of Schools:
 
Dear Parents, Students, and Community Members,
 
The administration and staff of Garrett County Public Schools (GCPS) continue to review the decision made by the state superintendent to close all Maryland public schools for two weeks. I would like to update our families on the latest developments regarding the school system’s progress to address the pandemic. GCPS leaders have been working to provide learning opportunities for students during the period of closure. To that end, we have created a survey to assess how to best reach all students. School principals will be distributing the survey and tabulating the data for each school community. In order to ensure that we are reaching as many families as possible, they may also reach out to families via email or by phone. Beginning Monday, we will use the preliminary results to plan for the continuity of instruction for all grade levels. We are exploring all options including video lessons and project-based learning. If your child received a packet of work to complete during the closure, please have him or her continue to work on it. When we return to school, teachers may review the assignments but grades will not be taken.
 
I am also pleased to share that we are feeding all children 18 years or younger at sixteen sites across Garrett County. On our first day, we served 176 meals! Starting on Friday, we will also be offering a hot supper every day Monday through Friday throughout the closure period. We have had a number of local businesses and restaurants offering to donate additional “grab-n-go” options to ensure that our young people do not go hungry during the closure period. A special thank-you goes out to them.
 
Please understand that we know that this situation is creating many hardships for those in our community. Most of the questions I have received center on the length of the closure and whether or not we will be able to return to normal operations. The state superintendent, Dr. Karen Salmon, has been meeting with all local superintendents via conference call on a regular basis thus far. Because of the uncertainty surrounding the spread of the virus, she has made it clear that students are not to be in any school building or on school property. Therefore, no one is to be on our playgrounds or using school property as a place to meet or congregate. She has not provided any additional information as to whether the closure would be extended beyond two weeks.
 
At this juncture I am unable to answer questions regarding the impact of the virus on our traditional end of year activities such as proms, promotion ceremonies, or even graduation. This ever-changing situation also impacts many other things such as standardized testing, AP exams, college applications, and spring sports. The status of all of the events and activities will be determined as we receive more information from the Maryland State Department of Education if the closure extends beyond two weeks. Our team will work through each one and provide regular communication through our website, school messenger, and social media. There is a dedicated page on our website (www.garrettcountyschools.org/coronavirus) that contains all of the COVID-19 information we have. You will find the most up to date information regarding the school system’s response, CDC guidelines, and links to resources for parents and families. The central office of GCPS is currently closed to the public. However, you may send an email to: public.info@garrettcountyschools.org or to a specific individual and your email will be returned as soon as possible.
 
Thank you for your continued support of Garrett County Public Schools and for your patience as we navigate through this unprecedented event. As soon as I have additional information I will communicate that to our GCPS Community.
 
Please take care to stay healthy and safe!
 

GCPS Now Offering Home Delivery of Meals

03/19/2020
 
Garrett County Public Schools is now offering home delivery of meals. If you have a difficult time reaching one of the food service sites in the county during the period of extended closure, please complete the Google form located at: https://www.garrettcountyschools.org/meals.
 
The Food Services and Nutrition Office will make every effort to deliver meals to your home. In order to receive the delivery, someone must be present at the home when the food arrives. If you have any difficulty completing the form, please call 1-888-285-7248 and leave a message including your name, phone number, email, number of children under 18, and your address. Someone will get back to you as soon as possible. Meals and delivery are provided at no cost to the family for all of the children 18 and under.
 

Garrett County Public Schools Announces the Expansion of Meals to Include Supper

03/19/2020 at 8:17 am
 
Garrett County Public Schools is expanding free meals to include a hot supper at all 16 sites beginning Friday, March 20th. The time for each location is listed below. Meals are not to be eaten onsite and should instead be taken home to enjoy. As a reminder, meals are free to anyone 18 years of age and younger. In order to receive the meal, please drive up to the site and one bag of food for each child will be handed to the driver.
 
Meals will be distributed at the following locations throughout the duration of the statewide school closure:
 
*NEW* Deer Park Town Hall - 100 Church Street, Deer Park, MD
Monday through Friday: Lunch (10:30-10:50); Supper (4:30-4:50)
 
*NEW* Swanton Otterbein United Methodist Church - 3443 Swanton Road, Swanton, MD
Monday through Friday: Lunch (11:00-11:20); Supper (5:00-5:20)
 
*NEW* Bittinger Fire Hall - 176 Brenneman Road, Bittinger, MD
Monday through Friday: Lunch (11:45-12:05); Supper (5:45-6:05)
 
*NEW* Eastern Garrett Fire Hall - 401 Finzel Rd, Frostburg, MD
Monday through Friday: Lunch (12:35-12:55); Supper (6:35-6:55)
 
Dennett Road School - 770 Dennett Road, Oakland, MD
Monday through Friday: Lunch (11:30-12:00); Supper (4:30-5:00)

Liberty Mews - 451 Liberty Street, Oakland, MD
Monday through Friday: Lunch (11:00-11:20); Supper (4:30-4:50)

Crellin - 57 Crellin Street, Crellin, MD
Monday through Friday: Lunch (11:35–11:55); Supper (5:05-5:25)

Oakland Town Parking Lot - 103 Town Park Lane, Oakland, MD
Monday through Friday: Lunch (12:10-12:30); Supper (5:40-6:00)
 
Deer Park - 198 Frank Custer Drive, Deer Park, MD
Monday through Friday: Lunch (12:45-1:05); Supper (6:15-6:35)
 
Garrett County Chamber of Commerce - 15 Visitors Center Drive, McHenry, MD 21541
Monday through Friday: Lunch (10:40-11:00); Supper (4:30-4:50)

Hickory Environmental Center (Northern Middle’s bus loop) - 604 Pride Parkway, Accident, MD 21520
Monday through Friday: Lunch (11:20-11:40); Supper (5:10-5:30)

Friendsville Elementary School - 841 First Avenue, Friendsville, MD 21531
Monday through Friday: Lunch (12:00-12:20); Supper (5:50-6:10)

Grantsville Elementary School - 120 Grant Street, Grantsville, MD
Monday through Friday: Lunch (12:40-1:00); Supper (6:30-6:50)

Loch Lynn - 319 Roanoke Avenue, Loch Lynn MD (pavilion)
Monday through Friday: Lunch (11:00-11:20); Supper (4:30-4:50)

Kitzmiller Community Park - 290 W. Main Street, Kitzmiller, MD
Monday through Friday: Lunch (11:45-12:05); Supper (5:15–5:35)
 
Bloomington Park - 334 North Branch Avenue, Bloomington, MD
Monday through Friday: Lunch (12:30-12:50); Supper (6:00-6:20)
 
Questions should be directed to the Food and Nutrition Services Office at 301-334-7652 or 888-262-2792.
 

GCPS Central Office Closed Monday, March 16, 2020

03/13/2020 at 4:05 pm
 
The Central Office of Garrett County Public Schools will be closed Monday, March 16, 2020. The Central Office will reopen Tuesday morning, but will have limited access to the public.
 

GCPS to Provide Meals for Students

03/13/2020 at 2:58 pm
 
Garrett County Public Schools will offer free meals to any child 18 and under beginning Wednesday, March 18, 2020. Children must be present to receive a meal. The bag lunch meal will consist of a peanut butter and jelly sandwich (yogurt or cheese sandwich available for children with peanut allergies), fruit cup, fresh fruit, fresh vegetable, and milk. The children can take the meal home to eat. The meals will be distributed at the following locations while GCPS schools are closed:
 
Dennett Road School - 770 Dennett Road, Oakland, MD
Monday through Friday: Lunch (11:30-12:00)
 
Liberty Mews - 451 Liberty Street, Oakland, MD
Monday through Friday: Lunch (11:00-11:20)
 
Crellin - 57 Crellin Street, Crellin, MD
Monday through Friday: Lunch (11:35–11:55)
 
Oakland Town Parking Lot - 103 Town Park Lane, Oakland, MD
Monday through Friday: Lunch (12:10–12:30)
 
Deer Park - 198 Frank Custer Drive, Deer Park, MD
Monday through Friday: Lunch (12:45–1:05)
 
Garrett County Chamber of Commerce - 15 Visitors Center Drive, McHenry, MD
Monday through Friday: Lunch (10:40–11:00)
 
Hickory Environmental Center (Northern Middle’s bus loop) - 604 Pride Parkway, Accident, MD
Monday through Friday: Lunch (11:20–11:40)
 
Friendsville Elementary School - 841 First Avenue, Friendsville, MD
Monday through Friday: Lunch (12:00–12:20)
 
Grantsville Elementary School - 120 Grant Street, Grantsville, MD
Monday through Friday: Lunch (12:40–1:00)
 
Loch Lynn - 319 Roanoke Avenue, Loch Lynn MD (pavilion)
Monday through Friday: Lunch (11:00–11:20)
 
Kitzmiller Community Park - 290 W. Main Street, Kitzmiller, MD
Monday through Friday: Lunch (11:45–12:05)
 
Bloomington Park - 334 North Branch Avenue, Bloomington, MD
Monday through Friday: Lunch (12:30–12:50)
 
Any questions can be directed to the Food & Nutrition Services Office at 301-334-7652 or 888-262-2792.
 

EMERGENCY MESSAGE

 
3/12/2020 at 5:00 pm
 
Governor Larry Hogan and State Superintendent Dr. Karen Salmon announced today (March 12, 2020) that all Maryland schools must close in response to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic. In light of this announcement, all GCPS schools will be closed starting March 16 until March 27, 2020. Additional information will be provided to the community shortly.
 

Maryland Association of Student Councils (MASC) Convention Cancelled

March 12, 2020
 
Due to the growing concern about the spread of COVID-19, Maryland Association of Student Councils (MASC) has decided to cancel the 2020 Spring Convention, originally scheduled for March 25-27th at the Clarion Fontainebleau Resort in Ocean City, MD. With so many counties canceling field trips, not approving large group gatherings, and not allowing spectators at many sporting events, MASC will follow suit and take the same precautions.
 
 

FIRST Chesapeake Robotics Competitions

March 12, 2020
 
Just as with basketball, all upcoming Robotics competitions have been canceled or postponed as well.
 

MPSSAA Basketball State Championships

March 12, 2020
 
Update
 
The MPSSAA has just announced that the state basketball championships scheduled for March 12-14 have been postponed. Both the boys' and girls' games are affected by this postponement. No date has been set yet for the games.
 
March 11, 2020
 
The State Tournament will be closed to fans and non essentials. The game may be attended by parents and guardians. The Southern High Athletic Department will be working with both coaching staffs as well as the MPSSAA to ensure a smooth transition for our teams and our parents through this difficult situation.
The Southern High Athletic Department will continue to update all with more information and will work with our parents.
 
The MPSSAA is currently working to live stream all State Tournament games.
 
Please view the Statement Regarding MPSSAA Basketball State Championships provided by the MPSSAA, Towson University, and the University of Maryland.
 

GCPS Update on Coronavirus

March 11, 2020
 
Due to recent events regarding the spread of the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE), in consultation with the Maryland Department of Health (MDH), is advising that all scheduled out-of-state and international field trips sanctioned by local school systems for students and staff be cancelled indefinitely. Therefore, until further notice, Garrett County Public Schools will be cancelling out of state travel for all students and staff.
 
At this time, the MSDE is not advising that local school systems cancel in-state field trips or athletic contests. Therefore, all in-state trips will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis until further notice. We will continue to conference daily (or more frequently as needed) with the Garrett County Health Department. Those daily briefings will guide decisions on travel and the possible closing of schools or the entire district.
 
The health and safety of our school communities are paramount. We will continue to provide consistent communication and updates as we receive relevant information. At the current time, there are no confirmed cases in Garrett County or the surrounding areas. While the risk remains low for most populations, you can find more information at www.coronavirus.gov.
 
Please know that we continue to plan for any possible closures. In addition, custodians in each school are deep cleaning and disinfecting high traffic areas and classrooms every day. Our school nurses are working with Mrs. Becky Aiken, Nurse Manager, to closely monitor student health.
 

GCPS Coronavirus Communication

March 4, 2020
 
Garrett County Public Schools are monitoring the evolving coronavirus (COVID 19) outbreak and are in close communication with the state and local Health Departments. At present, there are no confirmed cases in our area. We are closely monitoring the situation and will act according to recommendations from public health officials. Many news networks have discussed measures to keep large groups of individuals from being in close contact, such as school closings and cancellation of sporting events and other activities. In addition, guidance and resources are being provided by a number of our partner agencies. Be assured that GCPS will immediately act on the recommendations of the Health Department and the Maryland State Department of Education should the need arise to close for an extended period of time or to cancel activities.
 
In order to be proactive, Superintendent Barbara Baker is working with other districts and the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) to determine what measures can be taken to provide learning opportunities for students should schools be closed. In addition, when large numbers of students begin missing school due to illnesses, such as the influenza virus, the GCPS Operations department dispatches additional custodial staff to perform a deep cleaning of the affected areas of the school. Deep cleaning consists of wiping down all high contact areas such as desks, doorknobs, water fountains, and other high traffic areas with a disinfectant cleaner along with a complete spray down using a specialized piece of cleaning equipment. We will follow the same protocol to address the coronavirus as necessary.