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PRINCE GEORGE’S COUNTY EDUCATION BRIEFS: Free Meals, Immunizations

Meals are free for all PGCPS students through Thursday, Dec. 31 at schools or community delivery sites on Mondays and Wednesdays between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Please note that the upcoming holidays may affect this schedule.

In addition, PGCPS will continue to host free immunization clinics throughout December in Wellness Centers at Bladensburg, Fairmont Heights, Northwestern and Oxon Hill high schools. Families must register online for an appointment.

Immunization services are offered in collaboration with the Prince George’s County Health Department and the Maryland Partnership for Prevention.

No Classes

Dec. 11: Professional Development — Schools closed for students
Dec. 24-31: Winter Break and Christmas Holidays — Schools and offices closed
Jan. 1: Winter Break and New Year’s Holiday – Schools and offices closed

Boundary Initiative

Beginning in January, PGCPS will host a series of virtual public meetings to gather community input on its Comprehensive School Boundary Initiative, with the goal of developing potential adjustments for 165 new, expanded or consolidated school facilities.

During the virtual public meetings, the Boundary Initiative team will discuss the process and analysis, and hear from students, families, educators, and community members regarding their boundary priorities.

Below are a series of upcoming community conversation dates:

South County — Thursday, Jan. 7, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Spanish language — Saturday, Jan. 9, 10 a.m. to noon
Central County — Tuesday, Jan. 12, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
North County — Wednesday, Jan. 13, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

A second round of community engagement activities will take place during the spring and summer.

Distance Learning Update

Due to ongoing monitoring of COVID-19, PGCPS will continue distance learning until further notice.

As part of this effort, the school system is seeking additional ways to support students with special needs and English Language Learners, understanding that their circumstances may be different than others. To better understand COVID-19, Schools CEO Monica Goldson has been meeting with a medical advisory team regarding the latest health metrics.

The team, composed of experts across the medical field, shares their knowledge and guidance on the raging pandemic and the risks and impacts reopening schools will have on staff and students.

This information will allow Goldson to make critical decisions that best support students and their loved ones.

Dorothy Rowley – Washington Informer Staff Writer

I knew I had to become a writer when at age nine I scribbled a note to my younger brother’s teacher saying I thought she was being too hard on him in class. Well, the teacher immediately contacted my mother, and with tears in her eyes, profusely apologized. Of course, my embarrassed mother dealt with me – but that didn’t stop me from pursuing my passion for words and writing. Nowadays, as a “semi-retiree,” I continue to work for the Washington Informer as a staff writer. Aside from that, I keep busy creating quirky videos for YouTube, participating in an actor’s guild and being part of my church’s praise dance team and adult choir. I’m a regular fixture at the gym, and I like to take long road trips that have included fun-filled treks to Miami, Florida and Jackson, Mississippi. I’m poised to take to the road again in early 2017, headed for New Orleans, Louisiana. This proud grandmother of two – who absolutely adores interior decorating – did her undergraduate studies at Virginia Union University and graduate work at Virginia State University.

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