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PRINCE GEORGE’S COUNTY EDUCATION BRIEFS: Distance Learning

PGCPS learning at home has begun. In addition to instruction via Google Classrooms, families can:

– Tune in to PreK-5 lessons on PGCPS-TV (channels 96 Comcast and 38 Verizon).
– Access drive-up WIFI at select schools.
– View enrichment packets online and pick up at meal distribution sites. New lessons for grades 6-12 and students with disabilities will be updated both online and available for pick up on Monday, April 20.
– Pick up student meals twice a week.

Internet Access

PGCPS will cover the monthly cost of Internet Essentials from Comcast through the end of the school year for families eligible for public assistance, such as the free and reduced-price meals program, Medicaid and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.

To apply, go to www.internetessentials.com or call 1-855-846-8376 by April 30.

Hours of operation are 8 a.m.-midnight, seven days a week.

Culinary Champs

Culinary arts students at Bowie High School recently placed first in the Maryland ProStart Student Invitational.

Additionally, DuVal High School culinary instructor Markritt Krams was named Maryland ProStart Teacher of the Year.

Schools Closed

State Superintendent of Education Karen Salmon announced on April 17 that all Maryland public schools will be closed until Friday, May 15. Distance learning will continue.

Virtual Hiring

PGCPS is seeking individuals who are committed and focused on making a difference for students in the classrooms for the 2020-21 school year.

Interested persons are invited to participate in a virtual hiring event on Saturday, April 25 for an opportunity to interview with our principals from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Those looking to attend should complete the registration form by April 22. A confirmation email will be sent Friday, April 24 with the final logistics for the event.

Attendees are reminded to upload all required documents to your iRecruitment application, including:

– Current resume.
– Teaching Certificate (if applicable).
– Unofficial transcript(s).
– Praxis scores (or state-specific test reports).

LEARN Scholarships

Eligible high school seniors may apply for a Landover Educational Athletic Recreational Nonprofit (LEARN) college scholarship, supporting youth residing in the vicinity of FedEx Field.

Applications are due by Saturday, April 25.

Grab-and-Go Meals

The Prince George’s County Department of Parks and Recreation is offering free grab-and-go meals Monday through Friday from noon-2 p.m. on a first-come, first-served basis for children younger than 18.

On Fridays, young people will be able to take three bags for food for the weekend. The program is open to all children.

Children do not need proof of residency, enrollment or student ID.

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