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 1,737 confirmed cases of Coronavirus in Garrett County. Current metrics from the Garrett County Health Department are: 7-Day Positivity Percentage: 14.5%; 7-Day Case Rate Per 100,000: 44.3.

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

Special Education

Child Find

Child Find:
All students with disabilities, three through the end of the school year in which they turn 21 years old, residing in the jurisdiction, including students with disabilities attending nonpublic schools, including students attending religiously affiliated schools, regardless of the disability, and who are in need of special education and related services are identified, located, and evaluated.  This includes highly mobile students (such as migrant and homeless); and students suspected of being a student with a disability, even though they are advancing from grade to grade.
Any child referred to Child Find and has been determined to be a student with disabilities who is in need of special education services will participate in the same process as those students referred to the IEP team.  A special education folder will be kept by the IEP Team Chairperson and will include:
  • The names of agency, private school, nonpublic school personnel that participated in the planning and implementation of child activities;
  • Description of the nature and extent of their participation;
  • Screening instruments; schedules for screening; and follow-up timelines for students suspected of needing special education and related services;
All students with disabilities receiving special education services will be reported on the October  Child Count for SSIS and all other evaluative information kept in the Office of Special Education.
The Garrett County Public Schools shall provide for publication, to the general public and personnel at private schools and institutions, at least annually, information about screening, referral and other services, including the address, telephone number and title of the Garrett County Public Schools contact person.  Publicity utilizes one print medium and at least one other medium that covers the jurisdiction. This data is kept in the Office of Special Education and is updated annually.
For additional information on Child Find please contact:
Deneice Crites