• April 17, 2020

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    Board Changes School Year Calendar to Make April 28 an Instructional Day

    3 from AACPS among Maryland School Librarian of the Year Finalists

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    eLEARNING INITIATIVE

    During this time away from school, our hope is for you to remain safe and healthy. Beginning April 14 all students will be able to log into their Google Classrooms to view materials, resources, and assignments posted by each of their teachers.  Please visit our AACPS eLearning website to learn more and get all your questions answered. 

    Meals

    MEALS FOR CHILDREN

    Anne Arundel County Public Schools will serve free meals to children ages 2 to 18 at 60 sites across the county from Monday through Friday between now and April 24. Children will receive breakfast, lunch, and dinner in a single pickup. Adults may not pick up meals for children.  View a complete list of sites

    FOR EMPLOYEES

    AACPS OFFICE OPERATIONS

    All AACPS schools and offices are closed to the public through Friday, April 24, 2020. Limited and essential personnel will be working from central and satellite offices during that time. The AACPS telephone switchboard will not be operational. If you have a question or concern that needs to be addressed, please feel free to send an email to comments@aacps.org


THE HUB - Feature Article

  • Arlotto Announces Changes to Graduation Requirements for Members of Class of 2020

    Posted by Melvin Edwards on 4/16/2020

    Superintendent George Arlotto has announced changes to graduation requirements for members of the Class of 2020 and second-semester grading for all students in response to the educational impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

    Graduating seniors will need to earn 22.5 credits to receive their diploma, 3.5 fewer than the 26 required of Anne Arundel County Public Schools students in previous years but still 1.5 more than required by the Maryland State Department of Education. The reduction comes solely in elective credits and does not impact the required number of credits required in English, Math, Social Studies, Science, Health, Physical Education, Fine Arts, or Technology. It is applicable to the Class of 2020 only. 

    “As our students have navigated a monthlong school closure, a transition to online learning, and untold challenges to their normal family lives, we have discussed myriad ways to help ensure that these circumstances entirely out of their control do not negatively impact their futures,” said Dr. Arlotto, who presented the changes to the Board of Education at its meeting last night. “We have preached equity, grace, patience, and flexibility, and this plan for our seniors is in line with that mindset.”

    Specific requirements for graduation are contained in Administrative Regulation IIC-RA.

    To earn a diploma, seniors also need to satisfy MSDE requirements in one of three required options: World Language (2 credits); Advanced Technology (2 credits); or Career & Technology Education (4 credits). A student’s chosen pathway impacts the number of elective credits required to graduate.

    The changes, Dr. Arlotto said, will allow students to focus exclusively on any MSDE required credits rather than AACPS elective credits and afford students in danger of not graduating to reassess their options and potentially earn a diploma.

    Counselors will work closely with students and families who have questions about coursework.

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