Barbara Baker, Superintendent of Garrett County Public Schools, announces that the school system will be releasing a brief survey on June 10, 2020, to gather data from parents regarding the beginning of the 2020-21 school year. A Google survey form will be sent electronically to families and a paper version will be mailed to those on the non-electronic report card list. Parents should access the survey using their child’s login. There will be one survey permitted for each GCPS student’s login credentials. The survey should be completed and submitted by June 17, 2020. GCPS will also be seeking input from staff and students and the results will be tabulated to include the results of this initial survey.
At this time, there are a number of unknowns; including the stage in which the state of Maryland will be as we move closer to the GCPS start date of August 31. The school system has begun to plan for all three stages just in case there is regression over the summer or at any other point in the school year. We are working to consider as many factors as possible as we decide on viable options. The most important factor is the safety of each student and staff member. If Maryland has progressed to Stage 3, the most desirable option is to return to the school setting full-time. However, we must plan for alternatives that include remote learning or a modified schedule of blended learning that includes both face-to-face and remote learning in the event it is needed.
To assist parents with completing the survey, we have included links to the CDC Guidelines
and to Governor Hogan’s Roadmap to Recovery
, which explains the different stages of opening in detail. The school system will also be using the CDC’s Decision Tool
, the MARYLAND TOGETHER: Maryland’s Recovery Plan for Education
document, and the results of this survey to help build the models to reopen our schools. The school system will be working directly with the Garrett County Health Department to ensure a safe opening of schools with the use of any and all required personal protective equipment (PPE). There will be accountability measures embedded in the reopening plan that will include attendance, grading, schedules, and workload parameters for both in-school and remote learning. The school system’s safety team will also be providing valuable input into decisions regarding social distancing, masks, sanitizing, and intensive cleaning.
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The opening of school may look very different than it has in the past. We encourage every family to discuss and complete the survey together. The preliminary results will allow GCPS to begin building the models for each stage level of recovery. After the initial fact finding, additional input will be sought from administrative and instructional staff, students, and parents. Participation in this initial survey will not eliminate anyone from providing GCPS with further information as we develop our plan.