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2022-2023 Staff and Community Messages

Information for 2022-23

October 25, 2022, Community Update: Safe and Supportive Schools

Dear Team BCPS:

As superintendent of Baltimore County Public Schools, I am committed to ensuring that we provide a safe and supportive environment for all. I served as a principal, assistant principal, and teacher for more than 35 years and I understand the impact a positive climate has on student well-being and teaching and learning. As a parent, I know deeply the trust we place in schools in keeping our children safe. That is why, as a system, we are using all legally available tools and resources to protect students and hold accountable those who break the rules.

October 25 2022 Community Update Full Message
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October 10, 2022, Community Update: Staff and Community Update: Virtual Town Hall on Safe and Supportive Schools

Please join us on Thursday, October 13, Virtual Town Hall on Safe and Supportive Environments. The virtual conversation for elementary families will take place from 6 - 7 p.m. and for secondary families from 7:15 - 8:15 p.m. Families can participate in the meeting via the BCPS website and the BCPS-TV YouTube channel. You can also submit questions in advance online. We will provide live, simultaneous interpretation for Spanish-speaking families via Microsoft Teams.

October 10 2022 Community Update Full Message
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October 4, 2022, Staff Update: Successful Opening of Schools

Dear Colleagues, 

Thank you for the work you have done to ensure we had a successful opening of schools and first month of the 2022-2023 school year. As I have visited schools across the county, I have seen clean facilities and well-groomed campuses, buses transporting students safely to and from school, and spoken with teachers and staff excited to be back in their buildings. I have also seen  students deeply engaged in learning and participating in a variety of activities despite ongoing staffing shortages. We are fortunate to work in a school system where staff members – school-based and central office- prioritize student needs and are willing to shift gears when our students need us.  

October 4, 2022 Staff Update Full Message

September 23, 2022 Community Update: Pine Grove Middle School Serious Incident

Dear Team BCPS:

On Wednesday, September 21, 2022, the Baltimore County Police Department announced the filing of criminal charges against two individuals in connection to the explosive device located near Pine Grove Middle School on the previous day. We want to thank our law enforcement partners for their swift response and immense efforts to protect our students and communities. This latest sobering incident at Pine Grove Middle School reiterates the importance of emergency planning and preparedness and working together as partners to ensure student safety.

September 23, 2022 Community Update Full Message
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September 21, 2022 Community Update: Pine Grove Middle School

Dear Team BCPS:

We want to provide you with information regarding the serious incident that occurred at Pine Grove Middle School. Today, shortly before noon, it was reported to school administration that there was a suspicious package near school property. School administrators immediately implemented safety procedures. Out of an abundance of caution and in consultation with the Baltimore County Police Department (BCoPD), we evacuated students to Pine Grove Elementary School. Students and staff from Pine Grove Middle School were then transported to Parkville High School for reunification with families. We also transported students and staff from Pine Grove Elementary School to Loch Raven High School due to road closures and traffic congestion. After safely clearing Pine Grove Middle School, the BCoPD Hazardous Device Team neutralized the suspicious package. Thanks to the incredible efforts of the police, emergency responders, and BCPS staff, all students were safely reunited with their families this afternoon.

September 21, 2022 Community Update Full Message
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September 19, 2022 Community Update: Community Update: Athletic Events

Dear Parents and Guardians:

Baltimore County Public Schools is committed to providing a safe and supportive environment for all staff, students and spectators participating in athletic events. Athletic programs positively impact the community and it is our expectation that student athlete and spectator behaviors reflect our core values of teamwork and sportsmanship.

September 19, 2022 Community Update Full Message
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September 15, 2022 Community Update: Partnering for Safety

Dear Parents and Guardians:

As we begin a new school year, it is important to remind the Team BCPS community of the importance of providing safe learning environments. Parents/guardians, you play an important role in our efforts to provide a safe and nurturing school environment. Please review the reminders below and have conversations with your children about expectations for their behavior in our schools and on the bus.

September 15, 2022 Community Update Full Message
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September 15, 2022 Community Update: Virtual Learning During Inclement Weather Days

Baltimore County Public Schools values your input.  The Maryland State Department of Education has provided local school systems with an opportunity to use virtual inclement weather days throughout the year. The 2022-2023 school calendar includes 5 inclement weather days.

September 15, 2022 Community Update Full Message
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September 15, 2022, 2022 Community Update: November 23, 2022 Early Release Day

Dear Parents and Guardians: 

On Tuesday, September 13, 2022, the Board of Education unanimously approved a 3-hour early release day for schools and offices on Wednesday, November 23, 2022, in recognition of the Thanksgiving holiday.  

September 15, 2022, 2022 Community Update Full Message
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August 29, 2022 Community Update: 2022-2023 BCPS Transportation Update

Dear BCPS Families, Staff and Community Members,

Welcome to the 2022-2023 school year! Today, we will welcome more than 111,000 students back to our classrooms and school buildings. Team BCPS staff have been preparing for this day all summer and we are excited to welcome our students back for what we know will be an incredible school year. While the school year is new, our mission and commitment remain unchanged—to raise the bar, close achievement and opportunity gaps and prepare every student for the future. Please take a moment to watch this year’s Welcome Back video. In the video, we highlight our theme for this school year and reflect on the work of the system to ensure all students thrive. Welcome back, Team BCPS! Let’s make it a great year!

Dr. Darryl L. Williams
Superintendent

Mrs. Julie Henn
Chair, Board of Education of Baltimore County

2022-2023 Welcome Back Video

August 29, 2022 Community Update Full Message
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August 25, 2022 Community Update: Welcome to the 2022-2023 School Year!

Dear BCPS Families,  

As we prepare for the first day of school, we want to provide you with an update on BCPS transportation services.  

Our school buses transport more than 77,000 students – twice each school day – and we want to ensure that we provide safe and timely transportation for all students this school year. We have been working to improve our processes and enhance transportation services in preparation for the new school year. However, it is important to note that school systems across the state and nation continue to work through the impacts of a nationwide bus driver shortage. Our goal this summer was to hire 90 bus drivers. To date, BCPS has hired 42 new bus drivers and 14 bus attendants. 39 additional bus drivers are working with Human Resources to complete pre-employment processes. As a result of the continued shortage, we do anticipate that certain routes may operate later than normally scheduled. We are working to minimize delays as much as possible and we will provide families with timely updates regarding bus service and potential delays throughout the year. 

August 25, 2022 Community Update Full Message
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August 23 2022 Community Update: Teacher Staffing Update

Dear Team BCPS Parents, Students and Staff:

Baltimore County Public Schools (BCPS) is looking forward to welcoming more than 111,000 students back to school on Monday, August 29, 2022. The purpose of this message is to provide an update on our readiness for the opening of schools and ongoing efforts to recruit and hire highly qualified teachers.  We want to make certain that each student has a qualified, consistent classroom teacher when the school year begins on Monday.

August 23, 2022 Community Update Full Message
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August 17, 2022 Community Update: Back-to-School Information

August 17, 2022 Community Update: Back-to-School Information August 2022 Dear BCPS Students, Parents, and Families: In preparation for welcoming students to the 2022-2023 school year, school teams and their central office partners have been working diligently to ensure each student enters a safe, supportive environment for learning and growth. Students will see vibrant and exciting learning spaces that will engage their academic, social, and emotional well-being. School leaders and teachers have been engaged in professional learning to accelerate each child's progress towards their academic goals. School staff have crafted School Progress Plans to address student skills in reading, writing, and mathematics and to identify action steps to support student social-emotional well-being. School procedures, schedules, and activities will be fully explained to all students in support of a smooth transition back to in-person instruction. August 17, 2022

August 17, 2022 Community Update Full Message
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August 11, 2022 Community Update: Student Expectations, Rights and Responsibilities

Our Commitment: Safe and Supportive Learning Environments 
Baltimore County Public Schools (BCPS) is committed to providing a safe and supportive learning environments for all students. The resources below outline student expectations, rights and responsibilities for the 2022-2023 school year. BCPS families are encouraged to review resources with children prior to the start of school. Students will also review the documents in class with school staff. 

August 11, 2022 Community Update Full Message
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August 11, 2022 Community Update: Transportation Procedures and Expectations

Dear BCPS Parents, Caregivers and Students, 

Baltimore County Public Schools (BCPS) is committed to providing safe and supportive environments for all students and staff. The Office of Transportation’s #1 goal each day is to transport all student bus riders safely to and from school. In order to accomplish this goal, we need the cooperation of the entire community. Positive student behavior while entering, riding and leaving the bus contributes to safe transportation by making it possible for drivers to dedicate their full attention to the roads and other drivers. Student bus riders are expected to act responsibly and respectfully at all times. 

August 11, 2022 Community Update Full Message
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