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 107 confirmed cases of Coronavirus in Garrett County.

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

Pupil Services

Pupil Services Home

The Pupil Services Department provides personnel services for children. A large part of this service consists of the coordination of the many community services available to children: services offered by the Health Department, Mental Health Department, Department of Social Services, Department of Juvenile Justice and Office for Children, Youth and Families. The Department of Pupil Services also offers the following services: psychological, counseling, legal referral, special testing, special education, parent training, parent and teacher consultation, home/hospital teaching, and review of home instructions programs. This department also works with the law enforcement agencies on matters pertaining to school aged children. The Pupil Services Department is responsible for overseeing the collection and maintenance of student information and data.


Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week

May 1st - 7th is Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week. The Maryland Coalition of Families urges all families to consider the mental health of their children, and especially at this difficult time of the COVID epidemic. Their site, provides a wealth of tips, activities and resources. These include ways for families to be alert to mental health concerns and activities to promote positive mental health for their children. For instance, you might have “Mental
Health Mondays” for a special activity, or choose daily suggested activities for families from the Mental Health May 2020 Resiliency Calendar at Take a few minutes each day this week to consider the mental health of the children and youth in our community.



Maryland Youth Crisis Hotline

Need to Talk?


Talking to Children About COVID-19 (Coronavirus): A Parent Resource (English)

Talking to Children About COVID-19 (Coronavirus): A Parent Resource (Spanish)

Resources for Talking to Children About COVID-19



Momo Challenge: Tips and Resources 03/05/2019

Talking to Children About Violence: Tips for Parents and Teachers 10-06-2017

Blue Whale Challenge - Tips and Resources 05-26-17

"13 Reasons Why" Series - Guidance for Families 05-08-17

13 Reasons Why Talking Points 05-08-17

Providing Safe Spaces Transgender & Gender NonConforming Youth 10-01-17

Federal Transgender Directive 05-13-16

The Attorney General of Maryland Letter 05-26-16



Suicide Prevention- The Ripple Effect Movie

"Suicide: the Ripple Effect" movie will be shown May 7, 2019, in the Garrett College Auditorium from 4:45 PM - 7:00 PM.

Apr 8, 2019 at 8:45am, Pupil Services

Talking to Children About Violence: Tips for Parents and Teachers

Tips for Parents and Teachers regarding violence.

Oct 4, 2017 at 10:28am, Pupil Services

Student Safety Concern: Blue Whale Challenge Social Media Game

The school system wants to bring your attention to an internet social media "game" called the "Blue Whale Challenge".

May 26, 2017 at 2:27pm, Pupil Services