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PRINCE GEORGE’S COUNTY EDUCATION BRIEFS: COVID-19 Trauma

The coronavirus pandemic has resulted in thousands of children being separated from loved ones who require isolation and/or hospitalization due to a positive test for or potential exposure to COVID-19, the potentially deadly respiratory disease caused by the novel coronavirus.

A tip sheet has been created for caregivers or other adults supporting children with traumatic separation or traumatic grief related to the pandemic.

Library Summer Reading Program

The Washington Nationals and Prince George’s County Memorial Library System have teamed up for an online-only summer reading and engagement program.

The Summer @ Your Library program encourages children, teens and adults to read 30 minutes each day, attend virtual programs, explore the wide range of streaming movies and music in the 85-plus online library resources, and participate in interactive social media challenges.

The virtual program will be hosted in English and Spanish for all ages and runs through Aug. 21.

Virtual Summer Learning

PGCPS’ Virtual Summer Learning programs offer students opportunities to help transition to high school, take part in academic enrichment, earn original credits towards graduation requirements and recover credits for required courses.

While students in prekindergarten through fifth grade can continue distance learning via PGCPS-TV on channels 38 (Verizon) and 96 (Comcast), middle school students can access the Edgenuity MYPath summer learning program to build skills in reading and math.

High school students can earn an original credit and/or recover failed credits towards fulfilling graduation requirements.

Students will receive instructional support from a certified content area teacher.

No registration required and the program is free. Students can take the self-paced classes from July 1 through July 31.

Log in at learn.edgenuity.com using the following credentials: USERNAME: pgms YOUR STUDENT ID; and PASSWORD: YOUR STUDENT ID. For more information on all programs, go to the summer program webpage.

Priorities, Recommendations, Strategic Goals

The Prince George’s County Board of Education has unanimously approved its budget proposal based upon a recommendation from PGCPS Chief Monica E. Goldson that reflected her vision for the diverse academic programs and fiscal and staffing allocations that are required to advance the school system.

Goldson identified the following five strategic goals in her FY20-21 budget proposal: academic excellence, a high performing workforce; a safe and supportive environment; family and community engagement; and organizational effectiveness.

Responding to Goldson’s recommendation and the public’s input offered during three public hearings, the board adopted a fiscal 2020-21 spending plan focused on its five priorities: increase employee compensation; address food insecurity for students; enhance building maintenance services; expand language immersion programs; and support and advocate for additional funding and services as recommended by the Kirwan Commission on Innovation and Excellence in Education.

Summer Meal Distribution

PGCPS has ended the two-day meal distribution program and following a one-week break to complete year-end activities, the school system will operate the annual Summer Food Service Program through Thursday, Aug. 13.

“Grab and go” breakfast and lunch meals will be available Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to noon at 87 school sites and 12 apartment complexes. For more information, go to www.pgcps.org/foodandnutrition.

Report Cards and Diplomas

Fourth-quarter report cards are currently being mailed to families. Diplomas for graduating seniors will be distributed this summer.

Transcripts may also be downloaded from SchoolMax.

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