All GCPS schools will be closed for the remainder of the school year (June 11, 2020).

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 24 confirmed cases of Coronavirus in Garrett County.

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

Route 40

Elementary School

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Weekly Newsletter

Candy Maust, Principal
March 13, 2020
School Closure – Due to the school closure, all students will be given assignments to be completed. These assignments will be graded and put into PowerSchool. We appreciate you ensuring that all work is finished to avoid academic regression. In the event that the closures last longer than two weeks, you will be emailed additional work. Students not present today will need to have an adult come to the school to pick up their packet between the hours 6am-2pm starting Monday. If you have questions about the assignments please email or send a remind message to the teacher.
PTO Fundraiser- We are still going forward with the Applelicious fundraiser. We just confirmed with Mt. Zion UMC that we can use the church on Friday March 20th from 5-7pm to collect the fundraiser forms (address for Mt. Zion UMC: 16864 National Pike, Frostburg, MD). If you are not able to stop into the church during this time and have orders please contact the PTO via Facebook or email.
Thank you for your continued support of our students.
Orders will be delivered to the school on April 8, just in time for Holiday treats! Make your check payable to Route 40 PTO. If you are planning to pick up your order, please indicate that on the form. If not, order will be sent home with your child on the bus. Orders can be picked up any time after 1 pm. Thanks to all who participate! Large Apples- $13, Small Apples- $10, Pretzels- $4 *The apples will remain fresh for up to 3 weeks in a refrigerator *The Pretzels will remain fresh for up to 4 weeks at room temperature
Items Needed – PTO is looking for donations of empty 18 pack egg cartons, plastic eggs and egg fillers for the upcoming Easter egg hunt in April. If you have any, please send them to the school. Our Easter Egg Hunt will be Monday, April 6 and parent volunteers are needed. If you are available to help, please let Ms. Spataro know. If you have any items to donate, you may drop it off at Mt. Zion along with Applelicious orders on March 20, 2020.
School Mall Magazine Campaign - Each child that returned a completed booklet earned a prize and was placed in a drawing for an inflatable chair. This year Owen Rowe was the winner of the SpongBob Chair!
Spring Picture Day – At this time, Spring pictures are rescheduled for Tuesday, April 14,, 2020. New order forms will be sent home at a later time. If you already placed an order online your order and payment is still valid for the new picture date.
Blood Drive – Our blood drive has been canceled and will not be rescheduled.
Variety Show –The variety show has been canceled and at this point, we will not be rescheduling.
GCPS Coronavirus Communication
Last Updated on Mar 4, 2020 at 10:35am | Public Information Office
Garrett County Public Schools are monitoring the evolving coronavirus (COVID 19) outbreak and are in close communication with the state and local Health Departments. At present, there are no confirmed cases in our area. We are closely monitoring the situation and will act according to recommendations from public health officials. Many news networks have discussed measures to keep large groups of individuals from being in close contact, such as school closings and cancellation of sporting events and other activities. In addition, guidance and resources are being provided by a number of our partner agencies. Be assured that GCPS will immediately act on the recommendations of the Health Department and the Maryland State Department of Education should the need arise to close for an extended period of time or to cancel activities.
In order to be proactive, Superintendent Barbara Baker is working with other districts and the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) to determine what measures can be taken to provide learning opportunities for students should schools be closed. In addition, when large numbers of students begin missing school due to illnesses, such as the influenza virus, the GCPS Operations department dispatches additional custodial staff to perform a deep cleaning of the affected areas of the school. Deep cleaning consists of wiping down all high contact areas such as desks, doorknobs, water fountains, and other high traffic areas with a disinfectant cleaner along with a complete spray down using a specialized piece of cleaning equipment. We will follow the same protocol to address the coronavirus as necessary.
Universal precautions are always important and hand washing is the best way to avoid getting or spreading diseases. Follow the advice from the CDC to protect yourself:
Wash hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds. Washing hands correctly is the most important thing you can do to stay healthy.
Avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
Avoid close contact such as kissing, hugging, and sharing cups or eating utensils with people who are sick.
Cover your cough and sneezes with a tissue or shirt sleeve, not your hands.
Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces, such as toys, doorknobs, especially if someone is sick.
Stay home when you are sick and keep sick children home from school if they are ill with a fever.