Compiled By: David M. Higgins II, Publisher/Staff Writer
Charles County Government is announcing several closures and cancellations in order to protect the public health and safety of its residents as new Coronavirus (COVID-19) cases are confirmed in Maryland, including at least one case in Charles County.
Major changes to Charles County Government and affiliated agencies’ operating schedules include:
- All school-based community centers, Charles County Schools’ indoor pools, Elite Gymnastics and Recreation Center, and Port Tobacco Recreation Center are closed through March 30.
- Waldorf Senior and Recreational Center will be closed through March 23. County staff will reassess its status for reopening after that date.
- All Senior Centers and Nanjemoy Community Center is closed until further notice, and all scheduled programs, activities, and classes are canceled.
- Meals on Wheels will be canceled beginning Monday, Mar. 16 until further notice.
- Commissioners Quarterly Town Hall Meeting, District 4 Town Hall Meeting, and District 1 Town Hall Meeting are canceled.
- Charles County Public Schools are closed from March 16 – 27. For full details, visit www.ccboe.com.
- Charles County Public Library branches are closed March 13 – 28, and all events and programs are canceled through April 30. For full details, visit www.ccplonline.org.
March 16-27, all CCPS schools, centers, buildings, and facilities will be closed to the public. The following applies to CCPS staff:
- CCPS administrative offices will remain open and 12-month employees will report to work as scheduled during the two-week closure.
- All other CCPS employees – those who are not 12-month employees – should not report to work between March 16-20. A decision about the week of March 23-27 for these employees will be announced at a later date. Code Red for CCPS staff March 16-18
- Essential employees report to work
- Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) will operate on a Code Red for employees Monday, March 16 to Wednesday, March 18.
- Code Red means that only essential employees will report for work March 16 to 18, including:
- The Superintendent and members of her operations team;
- Communications staff;
- Food and nutrition workers who are staffing the breakfast and lunch distribution sites;
- Payroll employees;
- Building service managers;
- Assistant building service managers;
- Building service workers;
- Maintenance staff;
- Security personnel; and
- Transportation supervisory staff.
- The school system will reassess the status daily as conditions change. CCPS administrative offices will remain open and 12-month employees will report to work as scheduled during the two-week closure.
- All other CCPS employees – those who are not 12-month employees – should not report to work between March 16-20. A decision about the week of March 23-27 for these employees will be announced at a later date.
CCPS will offer free meals for any child ages 18 and younger. Meals will be cold bagged lunches. More details about the meal program and locations where parents can pick up meals will be provided on March 13. CCPS will begin to offer bagged-meal service on Monday, March 16.
Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) has canceled several events due to the school closure in effect from March 16 to March 27. The following is a list of canceled events during the closure. Announcements of any make up activities or rescheduled events, as well as any newly canceled events, will be made as determined.
- March 16, All Hazard Committee meeting at the Jesse L. Starkey Administration Building;
- March 16, Gang Intervention Meeting at Starkey;
- March 16-27, All-County Band, Chorus and Orchestra rehearsals;
- March 16-17, Elementary School Voluntary Transfer Fair;
- March 17, Educators Rising state competition;
- March 18, English as a Second Language (ESOL) Literacy Night at J.P. Ryon Elementary School;
- March 18, ESOL Community Connections at Waldorf West Library;
- March 18-19, District chorus assessments;
- March 18, Coffee and Conversation at Dr. Samuel A. Mudd Elementary School;
- March 18, Guys, Girl, Games and Grubs event at Indian Head Elementary School;
- March 16-20, Middle school basketball tournaments and finals;
- March 19, Youth Art Month Reception at Starkey;
- March 19, STEM Night at C. Paul Barnhart Elementary School;
- March 19, Math and Literacy Night at Eva Turner Elementary School;
- March 20, Senior Citizen Prom at the Greater Waldorf Jaycees Hall;
- March 21, Early Learning Launch at La Plata High School;
- March 21, Career Fair at North Point High School;
- March 21-22, First Robotics Competition;
- March 23, Board of Education scheduled work session at the Starkey Building;
- March 23, Discipline Review Committee meeting at Westlake;
- March 24, Spelling Bee at Mattawoman Middle School;
- March 25-26, Secondary Level Volunteer Transfer Fair;
- March 25, Superintendent’s High School Advisory Committee meeting at St. Charles High School;
- March 25, Family Connections ESOL event at Waldorf West Library;
- March 25, Women to Women event at Ryon;
- March 25-27, the Maryland Association of Student Councils (MASC) Convention in Ocean City;
- March 26, CCPS Years of Service Ceremony at Starkey;
- March 26, Leadership Extension Application and Development (LEAD) program meeting at Theodore G. Davis Middle School;
- March 26-27, Mathematics, Engineering and Science Achievement (MESA) events at North Point;
- March 26-28, Henry E. Lackey High School spring production;
- March 27-29, St. Charles High School spring production;
- March 27, Communication Action Meeting at Starkey;
- March 28, Destination Imagination (DI) state competition at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County; and
- April 4, LEGO Robotics event at the College of Southern Maryland (CSM).
CCPS posts the most up-to-date information on its website, ccboe.com. Visit https://www.ccboe.com/index.php/coronavirus-information for the latest information.
The Charles County Department of Health has set up a call center to respond to inquiries from the public. Please call the department at 301-609-6717 if you have an urgent question or concern. The hours of operation include today, March 13 until 7 p.m.; Saturday through Sunday (March 14-15) from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. For the latest updates on the Coronavirus, including how to protect yourself from it and what to do if you suspect you are infected, visit www.CharlesCountyMD.gov/services/health-and-human-services/covid-19.