Route 40

Elementary School

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Slider image 3 of 6. 5th grade
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Working in the Garden
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Pre-K Blue Day
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Third Grade at Hickory

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Our school motto is “Route 40 students work together to solve problems and make a difference.” Our PBIS mantra is Respectful, Responsible, and Safe. We strongly believe there is no limit to what can be achieved when we work towards this ideal.

Route 40 Elementary School
COVID Related Absences
When a student is absent for an extended period of time, it is important to keep them engaged in the learning process so that they can rejoin their class without learning loss. COVID-related absences tend to be for multiple days. The teachers and staff at Route 40 are committed to helping your student stay on track.
Attendance Guidance
COVID Related Absence Codes
Additional codes (Q and 25) have been added to be used to track absences related to COVID 19, such as:
Student illness due to COVID 19
Doctor’s note excusing student absence due to COVID 19
Student is not engaged in learning due to circumstances related to COVID 19
Illness within the family that impacts student attendance due to COVID 19
CODE Q - Assigned for any student that is required to isolate/quarantine. This does NOT count as an excused or unexcused absence but rather helps to track who is learning at home due to isolation or quarantine.
CODE 25 - Assigned for any student required to isolate/quarantine and does not meet the definition of present while learning at home. This will be an excused absence and missed work can be made up based on the GCPS Student Handbook make-up work regulations.
CODE Q and CODE 25 will be managed by the person in charge of maintaining the daily attendance in each building. This includes gathering information from the teacher of record about the absent students ability to be present and continue their continuity of learning while quarantined or isolated.
Getting Student Materials
If your student leaves during the school day due to COVID, your student will be provided with their assigned laptop, textbooks, and papers that are needed to complete the learning activities. If you need a hot spot, you will be provided with one for the duration of the absence. Additionally, your student will need to access Schoology to see announcements and updates on assignments.
If your student does not come to school due to COVID symptoms, is a close contact to someone who tested positive, or is awaiting test results, please contact the school so that we can provide you with the student’s laptop and learning materials. If you have a computer and internet access at home, you will be able to access Schoology for the assignments without coming in to pick up materials. Please communicate this to Ginger Blocher or Jacqueline Hawkins . You may call the school as well, 301-689-6132.
Accessing Student Work
Teachers may send home supporting materials and paper packets with the student laptop. These may not be for the duration of the absence. You and your student should access Schoology to find additional assignments, resources, and teacher communication. You may also communicate with the classroom teacher through Schoology. If you have any questions about Schoology, please contact the teacher or Jacqueline Hawkins.
Tutoring and Assignment Support
Your student may need help with the work assigned. If you would like to access virtual tutoring via a Google Meet, please call the school or email Jacqueline Hawkins to make a tutoring schedule.



The following pesticide will be applied on:
Date of Application: September 17, 2021
Common Name of pesticide applied: DELTADUST
Location of application: Route 40 Elementary School
(Bee's at playground equipment and Toy Shed)
For additional information, including information on potential adverse effects, contact:
Jacqueline Hawkins Principal Route 40 Elementary School
Richard Wesolowski Director of Facilities, Maintenance & Operations Garrett County Public Schools
Page 19 of 19 Other Instructional Operations 854.10 MGS Adopted 9/14/99
Integrated pest management procedures such as inspections and monitoring are used to determine when to control pests and to identify conditions contributing to pest problems. The necessity for pest control, if warranted, is evaluated and one or more pest control methods including sanitation, structural repair, non-chemical methods and pesticides is utilized. Problem areas are identified where alternative pest control technologies can be incorporated in order to eliminate routine pesticide applications. It has been determined that a current pest problem warrants the use of a pesticide to effectively control the pest problem.
School: Route 40 Elementary School 17764 National Pike Frostburg MD 21532
Location(s) of the Pesticide Application: Bees Playground Equipment and Toy Shed
Planned Date and Time of Application: September 17, 2021 between 1pm-4pm
Note: The Maryland Department of Agriculture’s Regulations pertaining to Integrated Pest Management and Notification of Pesticide Use in Public Schools requires that the following information be provided as part of this notice:
The Office of Pesticide Programs of the United States Environmental Protection Agency has stated: Where
possible, persons who potentially are more sensitive, such as pregnant women and infants (less than two years old), should avoid any unnecessary pesticide exposure.
The following information regarding potential adverse effects was taken from the materials safety data:
PRODUCT NAME: Deltamethrin 52918-63-5 0.05, Crystalline quartz (respirable) 14808-60-7 2.50, Calcium carbonate 1317-65-3 95.4 COMMON NAME: DELTADUST INSECTICIDE EPA REGISTRATION NUMBER: 432-772 HEALTH HAZARD DATA: Classification in accordance with regulation HCS 29CFR $1910.1200. This material is not hazardous under the criteria of the Federal OSHA Hazard Communication Standard 29CFR 1910.1200.
If you require further information regarding this notice, you may contact Richard Wesolowski at 301-334-8907 or Jacqueline Hawkins 301-689-6132
Picture Day will be Friday September 24, 2021.
Picture Day
Back to School Night Wed September 1, 2021 5:00 - 7:00 PM

GCPS Outlines Process in the Event of a Positive COVID-19 Test
Last Updated on Oct 5, 2020 at 3:22pm
The number of overall cases of COVID-19 in Garrett County, for the most part, has remained low. As we work toward bringing all students back to in-person learning, the school system continues to revise our response guidelines. The Garrett County Public School system understands the important role our response plays in keeping our community safe. Our students and staff are only as healthy as the community as a whole. You can help! Wearing an appropriate face covering that covers your mouth and nose, social distancing, and frequent hand washing is our best defense to keep everyone in our community healthy.
It is our sincere hope that no student or staff member tests positive for COVID-19. As of today, October 5, 2020, no students or staff members have been identified as positive for COVID-19. However, we must be prepared to address each positive case, should one arise.
If a student or staff member is identified as positive for COVID-19, the school or school system will not automatically close.
If a student or staff member is positive for COVID-19, the following steps will be taken:
The ill person will be required to stay home at least 10 days from the day that symptoms first appeared AND until no fever is present for at least 24 hours without medication AND there is an improvement of other symptoms.
The school building or facility will undergo extensive cleaning and disinfecting.
The Garrett County Health Department will notify those who have had close contact with the ill person. Close contact means that the individual was less than 6 feet in proximity for more than 15 consecutive minutes with or without a mask.
Parents/guardians will also receive a letter from the child’s school if a student has been in close contact with a person who has tested positive for COVID-19. The letter will provide directions to parents/guardians on how to proceed.
Garrett County Public Schools will collaborate with the Garrett County Health Department to determine any next steps required by the school system.
Strict confidentiality will be maintained and Garrett County Public Schools will not disclose the identity of any individual found to be positive with COVID-19.
Parents are requested to please notify the principal of their child’s school if they are diagnosed as positive for COVID-19.
Students and staff who become ill while at school will be isolated and sent home to isolate and follow up with a health care provider. The custodial staff will immediately clean and sanitize the classroom and all areas where the ill person has been. The school system will notify parents/guardians and the community when a positive case is identified within the school system. This notification will not include the name of the student, nor will it include the name of the staff member.


Elementary Instruction Update

Last Updated on Oct 5, 2020 at 8:30am
As we continue planning to bring additional students into the buildings for in-person instruction, we are reflecting and evaluating our instructional processes to best meet the needs of students and families. Based on the experiences during the first two phases, we will be making some adjustments beginning October 12th. Please note, the following will occur next Monday, October 12, 2020:
PreK –3rd Grade:
- Students electing to attend school in-person will receive face-to-face instruction in the classroom in the morning based on the hybrid/yellow schedule. Please note that students who were attending school four days a week in the modified red phase will continue to do so.
- Teachers will post their asynchronous material daily for any student who is not attending in person on that specific day.
- Teachers will be available to provide instruction to any student who needs support from 1:30-3:00 p.m. Teachers have the autonomy to structure this time in a manner that best meets the needs of their students and families.
4th & 5th Grade:
- Students who are currently participating face-to-face based on the modified red phase will return to teacher's classrooms on October 12th.
- Teachers have the option to teach face-to-face and live virtually at the same time, at their discretion. Otherwise, they will follow the same model described above for grades PreK-3rd grade. Teachers will communicate their instructional model directly with parents.
- The afternoon time described above for PreK-3rd grade will be available for any student regardless of how morning instruction occurs for 4th and 5th grade students.
- 4th and 5th grade students who elect to return on the hybrid/yellow model will return the week of October 26th.
Resource Classes:
Schools continue to design resource schedules to address increased numbers of students attending in-person. Beginning October 12th, students attending in-person will be provided resources classes in-person. Resource lessons will be posted in an asynchronous manner for any student who is not attending school in-person.
Ongoing Communication:
Principals and teachers will communicate throughout this week information specific to schedule changes and specific procedures related to their schools and classrooms.
Please contact your child's teacher or school principal if you have questions specific to how instruction will look at your child's school. You can also reach out to Dr. Nicole Miller, Director of Early Childhood/Elementary Education at 301-334-7645 or

When you drive by Route 40 you can see a message from our staff!

COVID April 3, 2020 Packet Pick Up and Drop Off
All parents are permitted to travel to schools to pick up and drop off educational materials. Teachers have contacted parents and determined times for the exchange of the materials. Any parent dropping off packets must make sure names are on the child's papers and place them in the grade level boxes outside the main front doors. Please place the lid back on the box to ensure that papers do not blow away. Packets with the child's name will be on the table that is outside the main doors at the time given to the child's teacher as the pick up time. NO ONE will be permitted to enter the building for any reason.