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Communication to Families, Return to 4-Day In Person Hybrid Learning Form

Gunpowder Elementary School

Dear Gunpowder School Family,

We are excited to announce the opportunity for identified students to attend school for in-person learning 4 days per week.  Through consultation with health experts and while continuing to implement CDC recommended mitigation strategies to the greatest extent possible, this opportunity will be available to the following groups of students beginning on the identified dates:

  • Beginning May 10, 2021, the following student groups will have the choice between in-person learning 4 days per week with virtual learning on Wednesday, or 5 days of virtual learning: 
  • All elementary school students Preschool – Grade 5. 
  • All students in our Public Separate Day Schools. 
    • Students receiving special education services primarily outside of general education (cluster and regional programs including FALS, CALS, SEL, Hearing Impaired, Visually Impaired) in Grades 6 – 12.  
  • Beginning May 17, 2021, all other secondary students with an Individualized Education Program (IEP) and/or a 504 Plan in Grades 6 – 12 will have a choice between in-person learning 4 days per week with virtual learning on Wednesday, or 5 days of virtual learning. 

Wednesdays will continue to be asynchronous days for all students. Wednesdays provide teachers the opportunity to meet with small group of students, provide tutoring, conduct individual student check-ins, plan for instruction, and engage in professional learning. 

BCPS has identified May 10 and May 17 as start dates for system planning purposes; however, we have learned that the nature of this pandemic is ever changing and evolving which could impact the scheduled timeline as more updated information is provided. 

Prior to completing the survey or contacting our school, as noted below, please review the attached document with the BCPS Health and Safety Updates. 

Health and Safety Updates.docx 

Ms. Insley and I will also be hosting Parent meetings using Google Meet on Tuesday, April 20th at 4 PM and 6 PM to answer questions and provide additional clarification to support you in choosing the best option for your family.  Please sign on to Google Meet using your child’s BCPS sign-in information and Google Meet Code: gesprincipalmeet


Families should indicate their choice using the link below by Tuesday, April 21, 2021


Our families must fill out a separate form for each student using the school-specific form.

A member of our staff will contact you if we have any questions. If you are having trouble accessing the form, please contact our school office at 410-887-5121 or email Ms. Synan at asynan@bcps.org with your  preferred learning option for each of your children by Tuesday.

Thank you and we look forward to your return!

Anchored in Love,

Wendy Cunningham

Revised BCPS Calendar

The revised calendar reflects that three emergency closure days were used during the 2020-2021 school year. The following is the schedule for the last three days of the school year, which are all assessment days:

Friday, June 18 Elementary, middle, and high schools in session full day; last day of classes for Preschool-3 and PreKindergarten

Monday, June 21 Elementary and middle schools close 3 hours early for students; high schools in session full day

Tuesday, June 22 Last day of classes – elementary and middle schools close 3 hours early for students; high schools in session full day; last day for teachers

Kindergarten Registration

Kindergarten registration for the 2021-2022 school year has begun! All registrations will be completed virtually. Please visit Division of School Climate and Safety webpage for more information.

Wishing you well and sending love your way,
Captain Cunningham

GES Vision Statement:

We believe our students at Gunpowder Elementary should learn in a rigorous, responsive, and safe learning environment where culture and diversity are recognized, accommodated, valued, and respected.  Our teaching staff will demonstrate high expectations for all learners.  We will promote a learning environment that is driven by interest, ability, and learning style to meet the strengths and needs of our learners.  Families are recognized as partners in the learning process.  We embrace communication between and among staff and community as we work to create the best learning opportunities for all students. 

GES Mission Statement:

Our Gunpowder Family strives each day to inspire one another to become more virtuous and conscious, honoring each other's dignity, anchored in love, and guided by hope for our children's future.  Ensuring that each member of our family feels safe and loved will allow adults and students to develop into creative and critical thinkers, effective communicators, peaceful problem solvers, and confident, authentic human beings.

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