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 52 confirmed cases of Coronavirus in Garrett County.

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

GCPS 2020-2021 School Year

Reopening Updates
GCPS 2020-2021 School Year Reopening Updates
40 South Second Street
Oakland, MD 21550
Phone 301.334.8900

Reopening Information


GCPS Recovery & Reopening Plan 08-03-20


FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) Page Updated Daily

Aug 6, 2020 at 8:25am
In an effort to keep parents and students as up-to-date as possible during this time of uncertainty, Garrett County Public Schools has developed a process to update our FAQ page every day. As we all prepare for school to start on September 8, 2020, many questions have been raised.

GCPS Continues to Prepare for the Virtual Opening of the 2020-2021 School Year - Schoology Professional Development

Aug 4, 2020 at 4:00pm
Garrett County Public Schools adopted Schoology as its learning management system prior to the end of the school year in June, 2020. Schoology was selected by a committee of teachers after reviewing several learning management systems. Teachers at each school were then selected to participate in virtual webinar training with Schoology professionals.

GCPS Recovery and Reopening Plan Released

Aug 3, 2020 at 7:50am
Garrett County Public Schools is pleased to release the GCPS Recovery and Reopening Plan. This plan outlines procedures for learning when school begins on Tuesday, September 8, 2020. The plan was developed in conjunction with each GCPS department with input from the central office and school-based administrators, teachers, staff members, parents, and students. It is a comprehensive plan that serves to answer a number of questions and provide guidance for families.

A Letter to GCPS Parents/Guardians from Superintendent Barbara Baker

Jul 30, 2020 at 4:15pm
Garrett County Public Schools will open for the first nine weeks in a red phase, consisting of virtual instruction in which students will engage in learning from home via the Schoology learning management system.
The goal, as detailed in the chart below, is to transition to a "yellow" hybrid phase after the first nine weeks of school. The hybrid model offers in-school learning at a reduced capacity with virtual learning opportunities for students when they are not scheduled to be present in the school building. Virtual instruction will continue to be offered to all families who do not feel comfortable returning their child(ren) to school in-person in the hybrid model. Families will have the opportunity to transfer from one option to the other at the end of each grading period.

Garrett County Public Schools Will Begin the 2020-2021 School Year Virtually

Jul 30, 2020 at 11:50am
At its most recent meeting, the Garrett County Board of Education decided that student instruction for the first term of the 2020-21 school year, which begins Tuesday, September 8, will occur in a virtual format for students as our county and state continue to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. According to the guidance provided by the Maryland State Department of Education, the opening plan is a modified “red model” and allows for both virtual instruction and for in-person instruction for small, special populations of students. Garrett County Public Schools (GCPS) defines special populations as students qualifying for special education, 504 students, at-risk students and homeless or displaced students.

GCPS Reopening Message from Barbara Baker, Superintendent of Garrett County Public Schools

Jul 16, 2020 at 6:48pm
Please view the reopening message from Ms. Barbara Baker, Superintendent of Garrett County Public Schools. Click the link below to view her message.
Ms. Baker also would like to remind everyone to please view and read the GCPS Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) document that was recently released regarding COVID and the reopening of schools. That document can be viewed at

GCPS Addresses COVID-19 As We Return to School for 2020-2021

Jul 16, 2020 at 3:50pm
Garrett County Public Schools recognizes that schools provide an essential and irreplaceable role for a community. In addition to providing academic learning for students, schools provide social and emotional learning through interaction with children and adults; nutrition through free and reduced cost breakfast and lunch; connection to community resources through school social workers; counseling services through school psychologists and professional school counselors; and athletic and extracurricular activities.... Continue Reading

Garrett County Public Schools Update on Reopening Plan

Jul 8, 2020 at 9:13pm
Ms. Barbara Baker, Superintendent of Schools, discusses the Garrett County Public Schools update on reopening of schools for the 2020-21 school year. Click the link below for the Superintendent's message.