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Prince George’s County Education Briefs: Bus Driver Fair

Prince George’s County Public Schools will host a school bus driver fair on Wednesday, Sept. 21 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Green Valley Administrative Offices, located at 2215 Chadwick Street in Temple Hills.

Interested candidates must meet the following requirements:

  • No more than two current points on driving record
  • Satisfactory past driving record
  • At least 21 years old
  • At least five years of driving experience
  • Ability to obtain a Commercial Drivers License (CDL), Class A or B with passenger endorsement or Class B Learners Permit with passenger (P) and school bus (S) endorsements
  • Ability to meet special training and qualifications determined by PGCPS

A starting salary of $17.87 per hour is offered, with advancement opportunity up to $34.15 per hour. Employees are also provided with a comprehensive package of benefits, including health, dental and vision insurance, as well as retirement plans.

Paid CDL training is provided to all new hires. A complete history driving record is required for Maryland drivers, and a full history driving record is required for District of Columbia drivers. PGCPS bus drivers are expected to attend bus driver training and undergo testing.

For more information about the hiring of school bus drivers, contact Nicole Eubanks at nicole.eubanks@pgcps.org or contact the Human Resources Customer Service Center at 301-780-2191.

Career and College Readiness Summit

9 a.m.-2 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 24
Northwestern High School
7000 Adelphi Road
Hyattsville, Maryland 20782

Attendance Awareness

PGCPS joins school districts nationwide in recognizing September as Attendance Awareness Month.

This month, the Office of Pupil Personnel Services and schools across the district will raise awareness about chronic absenteeism prevention methods and promote the importance of daily attendance.

“School achievement begins with regular attendance,” said schools CEO Kevin Maxwell. “As a parent, one of the most important things that you can do to support your child’s academic success is getting them to school daily.”

Poster displays, daily announcements, contests and incentives are examples of ways to promote attendance awareness.

‘Count On Us’

“Count on Us,” the live mathematics homework help-line television call-in show, airs Mondays and Wednesdays from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Comcast channel 96 and Verizon channel 38.

Students can also email their questions to PGCPS teachers at cou@pgcps.org

Board Member to Host Monthly Coffee Chat

District 9 School Board Member Sonya Williams will host a gathering Saturday to talk about school boundaries.

The discussion takes place from 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. at Starbucks in the Brandywine Safeway grocery.

For more information, contact Williams at Sonya3.Williams@pgcps.org

Professional Development Day

Friday, Sept. 30 — Schools Closed for Students

Report Bullying Now

Bullying, harassment and intimidation have no place in Prince George’s County Public Schools, officials said.

Whether it happens in the hallways or online, such behavior can create hostile learning environments that interfere with students’ academic performance and emotional and physical well-being.

Harassment is motivated by real or perceived characteristics, such as race/ethnicity, gender, religion, sexual orientation, physical or mental ability, or socioeconomic status. Bullying behavior is threatening, intimidating and occurs repeatedly over time with the intent to cause harm.

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