The Garrett County Board of Education voted on January 12, 2021, to accept the Superintendent’s recommendation to remain in the “red model” in which students are learning virtually. Students will begin transitioning back to in-person learning when the Garrett County metrics are at 5% or less positivity rate and 15 or less per 100,000 for 14 consecutive days.

Anyone with a question or concern may contact, and you will receive a response.

There have been 1,764 confirmed cases of Coronavirus in Garrett County. Current metrics from the Garrett County Health Department are: 7-Day Positivity Percentage: 8.91%; 7-Day Case Rate Per 100,000: 17.73.

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

Pupil Services

Student Safety Concern: Blue Whale Challenge Social Media Game

Last Updated on May 26, 2017 at 2:27pm | Pupil Services

Dear GCPS Parents/Guardians;

The school system wants to bring your attention to an internet social media “game” called the “Blue Whale Challenge” which has also been referred to as “A Silent House”, “Sea of Whales”, “F57” or “F-57”. Other “games” similar to the “Blue Whale Challenge” have also been reported. The “game” is targeted toward vulnerable pre-teens to young adults and presents a series of “challenges” which allow for various means of blackmailing the student and their family, directing them to self-harm and to finally commit suicide. Please see the Pupil Services webpage ( for more information and suggestions to keep students safe.  The information is provided by the Suicide Prevention and Early Intervention Network (SPIN). 

Please contact your school’s counselor should you have any further questions or concerns about your child as related to these social media “games”.  If you do have concerns about your child and self harm and suicide, contact your school counselor, a mental health therapist or psychologist, or for an emergency, call 911.









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