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Prince George’s County Public Schools will begin hybrid learning in April, with families able to opt-in or out. Families can choose to split students’ time between in-person classes two days a week and remote learning or stay all-virtual. For more information, visit https://www.pgcps.org/reopen/.

To give you updates from PGCPS on the 2020-2021 school year, virtual learning, to share collective experiences, and to address concerns about the remainder of the school year, City’s Educational Advisory Committee will be holding a Town Hall with Joshua Thomas, District 2 Board of Education representative on Thursday, March 4, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. Use this link to participate: zoom.us/j/97952972640.

County Schools May Start In-Person Classes in April

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Last week, Chief Executive Officer Dr. Monica Goldson announced plans to reopen Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS) for in-person hybrid teaching and learning starting in April while giving families the opportunity to continue distance learning through the end of the school year.

Dr. Goldson emphasized the importance of striking a balance between safety, academics and well-being amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Those who prefer to take online classes may look into the programs offered by online colleges for military.

“While we have made substantial investments to implement a virtual learning experience for all of our students, we know that nothing can truly replace the experience of interacting with their educators and classmates in a classroom. At the same time, our highest priority from the very beginning of this pandemic and to this day continues to be the safety of our students and staff,” said Dr. Goldson. “In April, we will implement a hybrid learning schedule, where students can split their time between in-person and remote learning, and that families may opt into. We believe this plan prioritizes health, safety, equity and excellence.”

Family Survey

PGCPS will distribute a survey through schools today to all families so they can select to either continue virtual learning for the remainder of the school year or begin hybrid instruction two days a week in April until the end of the school year. Families will have until Sunday, February 28 to complete the survey. The hybrid learning model will include staggered scheduling with students divided into two groups for in-person instruction on back to back days with appropriate social distancing in classrooms and throughout the school building. The remaining three days will be spent in distance learning sessions each week.

Return to Teaching and Learning

Next month, the school system will welcome all educators back into classrooms ahead of students and return central office staff to their assigned work locations. On Thursday, April 8, Phase 1 instruction will begin with a two-day hybrid learning schedule for all special education students in kindergarten through 12th grade and for students in prekindergarten through sixth grade and 12th grade. On Thursday, April 15, Phase 2 instruction will begin for all remaining seventh- through 11th-graders.

Athletics / Key Spring Dates

For students involved in athletic activities, coaches may begin in-person afterschool conditioning and outdoor workouts on Wednesday, March 10. Spring sports season practice will begin Tuesday, April 6. In addition, Spring Break will proceed as scheduled from Monday, March 29 through Monday, April 5. Please note the last day of school for students will be Tuesday, June 15; for teachers, the last day will be Wednesday, June 16.

Academic and Safety Enhancements

Over the last several months, PGCPS has made record investments to help improve distance learning and implement hybrid educational models, focusing on professional development for educators around virtual teaching and learning, and used federal funding to help purchase cutting-edge technology to assist these efforts.

Vaccination clinics will continue in collaboration with the Prince George’s County Health Department and Kaiser Permanente. The Maryland COVID Testing Program will allow PGCPS to offer rapid and diagnostic testing for both symptomatic and asymptomatic students and staff. PGCPS currently conducts contact tracing for staff and will adopt similar protocols for students upon their return. Personal protective equipment (PPE) will be available to all staff and students when in-person learning resumes. Air filters in all schools and office buildings were upgraded to the CDC-recommended Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value (MERV) rating of 13 with appropriate air quality testing conducted in all schools.

The school system’s current cleaning protocols require the PGCPS Environmental Team to respond with thorough cleaning and disinfecting of any facilities or areas within 24 hours of a known case of COVID-19.

“As a school system, we have shown restraint in not rushing to reopen,” said Dr. Goldson, “and we will continue to adhere to metrics for safe school reopening based on COVID-19 indicators.”

[ Source: PGCPS]

Virtual Q&A with Joshua Thomas

The City of College Park’s Educational Advisory Committee invites you to join us for a Town Hall with Joshua Thomas, District 2 Board of Education representative on Thursday, February 18, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. The focus of this virtual meeting is to have a dialogue about virtual learning, share collective experiences and address concerns about the remainder of the school year. Use this link to participate: zoom.us/j/97952972640.

1. Updates from PGCPS on the 2020-2021 school year
2. Q&A session with community members

Questions may be sent ahead of the town hall to families@collegeparkmd.gov.

Register Now for the Wizards Winter Reading Challenge

This winter, Prince George’s County Memorial Library System is teaming up with the Washington Wizards! We invite you to join the fun by participating in challenges for a chance to win prizes, and to explore the book, film, TV, and other resources that we have compiled for you and your family to enjoy.

Preregistration is now going. The challenge will run January 1-March 31, 2021. Complete and log activities including reading, watching Wizards games, attending virtual library programs, staying active, and engaging with the library and Washington Wizards.

Readers who complete the challenge will be entered into a raffle to win a variety of prizes such as a Wizards jersey, a Jr. Wizards Camp voucher, a Wizards bobblehead and so much more!

More here: https://pgcmls.info/wizards

Virtual Q&A with Joshua Thomas

Please mark your calendar,
On Wednesday, January 13th at 7:30 p.m., please join for a virtual Q&A with Prince George’s County District 2 Board of Education representative Joshua Thomas.
The discussion will include plans for the upcoming school year.
To join, please visit the link: https://zoom.us/j/97952972640 or dial-in at 301-715-8592.
Sponsored by the City‘s Education Advisory Committee.

Fundraiser for Hollywood Elementary PTA

The Hollywood PTA is holding its first virtual fundraiser! Below are the details.  The group is collecting money through Venmo.  With Venmo, (www.venmo.com), you can search for “Hollywood-ES PTA” and please select “@Jonathan-White-284”

Please spread the word to families and friends. Any Hollywood Elementary School friends can purchase tickets!

City of College Park Essay Contest

The Education Advisory Committee (EAC) would like to announce an essay contest, open to all students who are residents of the City of College Park in Kindergarten through 12th grade, who attend schools receiving public education grant assistance from the City, to honor the memory of Doris Ellis.

The essay question is: “How have you kept your mind and body active during the pandemic?”.

The deadline has been extended to tomorrow, Friday, November 6.

To submit your essay online, visit: www.collegeparkmd.gov/ellisessaycontest2020.

Disclaimer: Prince George’s County Public Schools is not sponsoring, endorsing, or recommending the activities announced in this material/flyer.

Virtual Q&A with Joshua Thomas

The City and the Education Advisory Committee invite you to join us for a “Town Hall with Joshua Thomas, our Board of Education representative on Monday, October 19 at 7:00 p.m.
The focus of this virtual meeting is to have a dialogue about virtual learning and to share the pros and cons of our collective experiences.
Topics will include:
-virtual learning updates
-plan for transition back to in-person
-best practices for virtual instruction
-opportunity for feedback from the community, would like to send out some survey questions in real-time

City May Start School Essay Contest in Memory of Late Doris Ellis


City’s Educational Advisory Committee (EAC) is proposing a one-time essay contest to honor the memory of Doris Ellis. Ms. Ellis, a retired Physical Education teacher, who was serving on the EAC for the past 10 years until her death this April 21, 2020.
The proposed essay question is: “How have you kept your mind and body active during the pandemic?” The essay contest is proposed to be open to elementary, middle, and high school students living in the City of College Park. There will be one award per category (elementary, middle, and high school).
The award will be $200 to the writer of the winning essay and $2,400 to their school to purchase equipment or special supplies that might be needed for the P.E. program to open safely, due to COVID 19 concerns.

New school year will begin with distance learning for the first two quarters

Recently, CEO Dr. Monica Goldson announced her plan to safely and responsibly reopen Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS) for the 2020-21 academic year. Following broad input from families, employees and community members, PGCPS will continue distance learning through January 2021. Prince George’s County has been the epicenter of the COVID-19 public health crisis in Maryland. In light of the health disparities in communities that house more than 136,500 students and 20,000 employees, there is a significant public health concern if schools were to reopen this fall for in-person instruction.

Recently parents, educators and administrators were surveyed about their preferences for the upcoming school year given the ongoing pandemic. Forty-six percent of families expressed their preference to continue the distance learning model implemented in the spring; the percentages of educators and administrators in favor of distance learning exceeded 50 percent. With the list of learning platforms, students would be able to learn the subjects they are highly interested in.

“During this global pandemic, we cannot ignore the health and safety of our students, parents and educators even while working each day to provide the highest quality teaching, learning and leadership at every school,” said Dr. Goldson. “Our students and families are facing a disproportionate impact of the COVID-19 outbreak. We recognize that no scenario is perfect or comparable to a traditional school year. While it is a difficult decision to not reopen our school buildings for in-person instruction, it is necessary to keep our students and communities safe.”

This fall, PGCPS will enhance the distance learning program with enhanced learning software and more live instruction blended with pre-recorded lessons. Student meals will be available for distribution at all schools. The school system will also establish Parent Support Centers throughout the county to assist families with technology support and other aspects of distance learning.

Today’s announcement is an important step forward in providing families with information to help make the best decisions for their children. Dr. Goldson will host a Family & Community Tele Town Hall on Wednesday evening to discuss the plan and hear from stakeholders. A similar event will be held Thursday evening for employees. Both town halls will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Next week, PGCPS will release a report outlining how the school system will support all students, in particular English language learners, those with special needs and youth from families with low-income, during the distance learning phase. A special Board of Education meeting will be held in late July to review the plan. Students can also benefit from huler1996, see huler1996 reviews here.

As during the initial distance learning phase, PGCPS will invest in helping to close the digital divide by providing devices and internet connectivity for families in need. The school system will distribute additional devices prior to the first day of school, Monday, Aug. 31. As part of a new districtwide 1:1 technology initiative, PGCPS aims to equip every student with their own digital device.

PGCPS will continue working with state and local health experts, government partners and the Maryland State Department of Education as information about the pandemic continues to evolve. The school system will adhere to guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, mandate social distancing and hand washing, require face masks in PGCPS buildings and conduct thorough cleaning and sanitizing procedures like those from carpet cleaning chattanooga.

Reopen PGCPS Plan

Distance Learning Instruction

Lessons will be held five days a week.
Lessons will also be broadcast on PGCPS-TV for younger students.
Technology will be provided on a 1:1 ratio.
Digital Device Distribution

Students will continue using PGCPS-supplied Chromebooks distributed in the spring.
Additional Chromebooks will be available for pick-up in the weeks ahead and wifi hotspots will be established.
The Connect PGCPS initiative will continue to provide Internet access to families.
Student and Family Supports

All schools will serve as meal sites and offer twice-weekly pickups, similar to the model utilized this spring.
PGCPS will establish Parent Support Centers throughout the county to assist families with technology support and other aspects of distance learning.
Key Dates

Aug. 31 – First Day of School: Distance learning will begin for all grade levels through the end of the second grading quarter in January.
Dec. 1-18: Depending on health conditions, PGCPS will offer families the option to begin hybrid instruction at the start of third quarter (February) for the remainder of the school year.
February to June – Second Semester: If possible, PGCPS will deliver hybrid instruction with two days of in-person learning and three days of distance learning. Full-time distance learning would continue for those students who opted in.

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