PGCPS hosted its ninth annual Back-to-School Block Party on Aug. 17 to help families prepare for the upcoming school year.

The event featured a backpack giveaway, free vision and dental screenings for children, fun family activities, food trucks, vendors and more.

Representatives from the school system, county government and agencies shared information about programs and support services for students.

Senior-level sponsors include Texas Roadhouse, CF Charities and Educational Systems Federal Credit Union (ESFCU), each which contributed more than $9,000 in cash or in-kind donations to support the event. Community partners include Prince George’s County government, the Prince George’s Sports & Learning Complex, WHUR-FM (93.6), Wegmans and the Washington Redskins.

Upcoming Back-to-School Event

PGCPS families and the community are invited to come out and join the fun at a back-to-school event from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Friday, Aug. 23 at the Launch Trampoline Park in Capitol Heights (1001 Hampton Park Blvd.).

The event is being sponsored by District 6 school board representative Belinda Queen along with Krystal Oriadha and Del. Jazz Lewis.

The trio is giving away backpacks filled with supplies to county students, who head back to school Sept. 3. The first 40 students to arrive at the event will be admitted free to the park.

To RSVP, go to https://familyandfriendsfunnight.eventbrite.com.

Immunization Updates

Now is the time to act and get students properly immunized for school. Current sixth grade students will need the Tdap and meningitis vaccines to enter the seventh grade on Sept. 3, and enrolling kindergarten students will need two doses of Varicella (chicken pox vaccine).

Students who do not have the required immunizations will be excluded from school, without exception.

Parents and guardians can go to their primary care provider to get children immunized for the 2019-20 school year. Other options include going to the local health department clinics, pharmacies, grocery stores and urgent care centers.

Before-, After-School Extended Learning Program

Open registration for all current and new parents/guardians is open and remains ongoing throughout the school year. However, registration for a school site will close as soon as that site is completely enrolled but interested parties can be added to a wait list.

Parents may go to http://parentportal.kidscarecenter.com/pgcps.asp and follow the prompts to complete the online registration. They will need their child’s PGCPS student ID number. If they do not have it at the time of registration, parents should still be able to complete the process.

Child care begins at 7 a.m. and operates until the start of the school day. The afternoon session begins at the end of the school day and operates until 6 p.m.

Each program is housed in an elementary school, which means parents don’t have to provide transportation between the school and child care. The program follows the regular school calendar.

Make the initial payment of $125 ($25 non-refundable registration fee and $100 tuition deposit). If paying by a cashier’s check or money order, payment should be sent to the BASELP Central Office, PO Box 821, Temple Hills, Md. 20757.

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