Garrett County Board of Education voted on February 2, 2021, to accept the Superintendent’s plan for the return to in-person learning. March 1: PK, K, Gr 1, and identified students return full days on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays & Fridays. Wednesday is an asynchronous day. March 15: Grades 2-12 return full days on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays & Fridays. Wednesday is an asynchronous day.

Anyone with a question or concern may contact public.info@garrettcountyschools.org, and you will receive a response.

There have been 1,844 confirmed cases of Coronavirus in Garrett County. Current metrics from the Garrett County Health Department are: 7-Day Positivity Percentage: 1.59%; 7-Day Case Rate Per 100,000: 1.48

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

Southern Garrett

High School

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Welcome to Southern Garrett High School

 
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Southern Garrett High School, the largest educational facility in predominately rural Garrett County, Maryland, strives to provide students with a variety of educational experiences to meet their individual needs. By providing successful school experiences, we prepare students to become life-long learners. We challenge students to strive for personal excellence and responsible citizenship as they develop intellectually, socially, emotionally, and physically.
 
The mission of Southern Garrett High School, in partnership with our community, is to provide rigorous instruction within a nurturing environment. We dedicate ourselves to educate and inspire all students to become innovative, adaptive, and caring citizens who can thrive in an ever-changing world.
 
Daily Morning Announcements
Click on the picture above to view the morning announcements.
 

Return to School Daily Schedule

Full-Day Schedule

 

Period 1 8:25 – 10:00

Period 2 10:05 – 11:35

Period 3 11:40 – 1:40

1st Lunch 11:40 – 12:10

2nd Lunch 12:20 – 12:50

3rd Lunch 1:00 – 1:30

Period 4 1:45 – 3:15

 

 

2-hour Delay Schedule

 

Period 1 10:25 – 11:20

Period 3 11:25 – 1:15

1st Lunch 11:20 – 11:50

2nd Lunch 12:00 – 12:30

3rd Lunch 12:40 – 1:10

Period 2 1:20 – 2:15

Period 4 2:20 – 3:15

 

 

In the event that there is an early dismissal due to inclement weather, we will develop a schedule based on the time we are notified and the need to have all lunch shift

SHS Boys Trach and Field Updated 2/18

SHS Boys Track & Field
The track meeting for today at 3:30 has been canceled due to the weather. We will reschedule the meeting for Monday, March 8th at 3:30 in the gym. If you are interested in participating in SHS Boys Track & Field we are asking that you join us. You will enter through the gym lobby. You will be required to properly wear a mask and social distance in the gym. Coaches will be going over details for the season and practice information. If you are unable to attend in person, please join virtually using the Google Meet link below. Our first practice will be on March 15th at 4:45.
Join with Google Meet

Parking Permits

Attention Students/Parents:
 
Parking Permit Applications for Southern High School are now available. Due to the shortened amount of time that students will be able to take advantage of on-site parking this year, we are reducing the cost of a permit to park in the upper student lot to $15. The cost for a lower lot permit will remain at $2.
 
Please read the permit application to see if you qualify for parking on school property. The application also includes the Rules and Regulations for parking at Southern Garrett High School.

Parent Survey

We are asking all parents of Southern High School students to read the Return to School Expectations for Spring 2021 and respond to the survey to indicate whether or not their student will be returning in-person or remaining in virtual learning.
Here is a link to the Return to School Expectations Spring 2021
Here is a link to the survey to be completed

SHS Welcome Back Info

Dear Parents:
Your Southern High School student will soon have the opportunity to return to the school for in-person instruction. The schedule will be Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 8:25 AM – 3:15 PM, with Wednesdays remaining as virtual/asynchronous days.
We will need to maintain appropriate distancing for the safety of our students and staff. Some of our classes with larger numbers will not fit into the classrooms with appropriate distancing. This will necessitate a split of the class in which approximately half of the students will be with the classroom teacher and the other half will be in a separate room with a substitute teacher using their laptops to interact with the classroom teacher. These groups will rotate such that each student will be with the classroom teacher for two of the four days of in-person instruction per week. This practice will not be necessary in all classes. Those classes with large enough rooms or small enough student numbers will meet with all students in-person four days per week.
Students reporting to school will enter through the Gym Lobby entrance and will be screened for COVID symptoms. Students will be expected to properly wear masks while in school and on school property (covering the nose, mouth, and chin) . Students will be allowed to remove masks while eating during lunch. Students will report to school with their device fully charged. School issued devices as well as personal devices will be permitted. In order for students in the Green/in-person model to be marked present, they must be in the school building.
Parents who choose to keep students in the Blue/virtual model need to be aware that all students will need to be present on Live Meets at the designated class times. The high school bell schedule will be as follows:
Period 1 8:25 – 10:00
Period 2 10:05 – 11:35
Period 3 11:40 – 1:40
1st Lunch 11:40 – 12:10
2nd Lunch 12:20 – 12:50
3rd Lunch 1:00 – 1:30
Period 4 1:45 – 3:15
We will be sending out a survey in the near future to determine which students will be returning to the building and who will remain in the Blue/virtual model. Please take time to complete the brief survey when it becomes available.

Class Fundraiser

The Freshman, Sophomore, and Junior Classes are selling Sarris candy to raise money for their class accounts. Please visit https://www.sarriscandiesfundraising.com/ and enter the group code of the class you wish to support.
Freshman: 10-3731
Sophomores: 10-3732
Juniors:10-3733
The dates of this fundraiser are Feb 1-March 29. Orders get shipped directly to your home and make great gifts for Valentine's Day and Easter! *Easter candy will be available starting Feb 18. Thank you in advance for supporting Southern High School Freshman, Sophomores, and Juniors.

ASVAB Testing

ASVAB Test
Southern High School will be offering the ASVAB test on February 24th at 9 am. Any student who is interested in taking the test please sign up by contacting MSG Donald Wilson at donald.wilson@garrettcountyschools.org or the guidance office at 301-334-1660.

Warm the Children

As we approach the winter season, some students in our school system may benefit from the Warm the Children program. This program helps to provide warm clothing for children in families that are experiencing financial hardship and unable to afford coats or boots. A limited number of applications are available for students or parents to pick up in the Southern Garrett High School Guidance Office. Parents can also call the Guidance Office to send home an application with their child at 301-334-1660.

CHILD FIND ANNOUNCEMENT

State and Federal laws require that the Garrett County Public Schools provide free and appropriate educational programs for all children with disabilities living in Garrett County.
Services, which can be provided by the Board of Education, include evaluation and direct services in speech and language therapy, physical therapy, occupational therapy, developmental skills for preschools and academic help for children of school age. These services are provided through the Special Education programs to all students who qualify.
If you know of any individuals with a disability ages birth through twenty-one years of age who are not receiving educational programs, please contact:
Dr. Chelsie Manges
Interim Director of Special Education
Garrett County Public Schools
40 South Second Street
Oakland, MD 21550
chelsie.manges@garrettcountyschools.org
301-334-7657
Or
Ms. Deneice Crites
Birth to Five Coordinator
Garrett County Public Schools
40 South Second Street
Oakland, MD 21550
deneice.crites@garrettcountyschools.org
301-334-7658
 
 

Schoology Information for Parents

 
Parents can find directions for activating parent Schoology accounts and Schoology how to videos by going to the following link on the Garrett County Public Schools website:

GCPS Attendance Protocols

for Virtual Learning During the 2020-21 School Year

Overview of Attendance During COVID-19 Pandemic
The Maryland State Department of Education requires that all school systems track student attendance during virtual learning. Taking attendance while students are learning from home will assist school staff in ensuring that all students have the resources and support they need to engage in learning. Tracking attendance will include a combination of measures that indicate a student is demonstrating their engagement in learning. This is not indicative of the degree to which the student understands the content nor their grade in class, rather it is documentation of a student’s engagement in the learning process. Daily attendance will be completed each day by each teacher BUT will officially be recorded on a weekly basis in PowerSchool.
Definitions
Present ~ a student will be marked as present when there is evidence of any daily engagement in the online Schoology classroom or one of the factors listed below:
Attending classes via Google Meet
Engagement with other school staff/service providers
Participation in a therapy/counseling sessions
Phone calls with a teacher or support staff member regarding work
Emails to a teacher submitting an assignment
Submission of assignments or screen shots of work
Participation in synchronous sessions
Participation in a tutoring sessions
Participation in work-based learning/internships
Absent ~ a student will be marked as absent when there is not evidence of any daily engagement in the online Schoology classroom or one of the factors listed below:
Attending classes via Google Meet
Engagement with other school staff/service providers
Participation in a therapy/counseling sessions
Phone calls with a teacher
Emails to a teacher submitting an assignment
Submission of assignments
Participation in synchronous sessions
Participation in a tutoring sessions
Participation in work-based learning/internships
Lawful Absence - Students shall be considered lawfully absent when absent from instruction with proper documentation approved by the principal/designee.
Unlawful Absence - Students shall be considered unlawfully absent when absent from instruction without submitting an absence note to the principal/designee.
The Student Information System will default student attendance records to present to document students as present during distance learning. This will allow us to track changes in student attendance for this school year with the realization that students were learning from home and not expected to enter the school building.
Absence Code
An additional absence code (25) has 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 in family member that impacts student attendance due to COVID-19
Student is excluded from attending until they receive a negative result of a COVID19 test or meet the Garrett County Health Department criteria for returning to schools
Absence Notes
An absence for any reason other than those cited as lawful is presumed to be unlawful unless a note stating the reason is submitted and approved by the principal/designee within the same term of the absence.
Each school will publicize an attendance email account (secretary, attendance secretary, etc.) to allow for parents/guardians to document the reason for student absences. Signed parent and physician notes are also still acceptable.
Teacher/Staff Expectation
All teachers are expected to maintain and document student attendance.
All teachers will have an assignment (class work, assessment, exit ticket etc.) linked to each day.
All teachers will monitor engagement in LIVE sessions. Google Meet is adding an attendance feature on the new upgrade. In the meantime, the following link can be used to add the extension:
Google Meet-Attendance Extension
All teachers will informally take attendance throughout the week based on engagement in live sessions and work completion.
Each Wednesday morning, teachers will mark daily attendance for the previous week based on engagement, work submissions and attendance in synchronous learning. Teachers will do this by marking an “A” for days when a student is being counted as absent. The default always goes to present.
(Directions for Recording Multi-Day Attendance in PowerSchool)
Each Wednesday afternoon, the secretary will
Update the 'A' code to a numeric code based on any parent/physician notes. If the parent didn't submit anything, the 'A' will be changed to a 20 - Unexcused Absence.
Print the weekly Schoology Usage Report.
Directions for Running the Schoology Usage Report
Provide a list of students who were marked absent as well as those who did not access Schoology (as determined by the reports described above) to the administrators to determine intervention as needed.
THIS PROCESS IS REPEATED WEEKLY.
 

TEACHER MASTER PHONE LIST

In an effort to provide additional support to students and parents as we implement this phase of the GCPS Continuity of Learning Plan, a master phone list has been developed. The IT team, in conjunction with principals, teachers, and the instructional leadership team, has identified a process in which educators can be contacted for help. When support is needed, teachers will be the first option to provide help for technical issues. GCPS has implemented an internal process that will then signal a system of support for the issue. Please see the link below for a list of telephone numbers to reach your child’s teacher. Principals have been asked to post the list of phone numbers on their website along with the teachers’ office hours. If your child’s teacher is not listed, please reach out to the principal to identify the best way to reach him or her.
 
 
You will need to use the tabs at the bottom of the google spreadsheet and find the SH tab to see Southern High School staff.
We, at GCPS, want to reassure you again that we are here to support you as you work with your child at home. Please do not hesitate to reach out via the phone numbers listed or via email to teachers and administrators.

 

Maryland Special Education Parent Involvement Survey

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Business Partners

Thank you to our business partners. Your partnership shows your commitment to the students of Southern Garrett High School.
 
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