Free student meals can be picked up from neighborhood schools. (PGCPS photo)
Free student meals can be picked up from neighborhood schools. (PGCPS photo)

Free meals are available for all students through the end of the year, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays.

The meals can be picked up from a neighborhood school or one close to home: just look for a school bus at one of the meal delivery sites.

While children picking up meals do not need identification, parents or guardians should bring a student ID or other verification of enrollment to support the number of meals requested.

Wi-Fi Assistance

PGCPS is covering the cost of the Comcast Internet Essentials program, which provides affordable high-speed internet at home for families eligible for free and reduced-price meals (FARMS).

Non-FARMS families may obtain a Verizon hotspot for home internet access.

Please make a request through your school or by calling our Distance Learning Hotline at 240-696-6229, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Gifted Educators Honored

PGCPS educators Marites Melad, Benjamin Tasker Middle School; Debra Perhach, Talented and Gifted (TAG) Coordinator; and Wendy Walton, Capitol Heights Elementary, are recent recipients of the “Maryland Educators of Gifted Students 2020 MEGGY Awards” recognizing exemplary commitment and contribution to gifted and talented education.

Training Team Recommendations

The PGCPS Technology Training Team has compiled a set of best practices to help parents and guardians become good partners during distance learning.

Please keep in mind that the online classroom is actually a classroom and not the appropriate time to engage or add comments during the teachers’ instructional time with the class.
Remember that school is a safe space for students to demonstrate their understanding so teachers are able to identify areas of weakness in order to differentiate instruction to strengthen students’ skillset.
For better lines of communication, schedule an appointment to discuss your child’s progress with his/her teacher.
Do not interrupt, engage or interact with the teacher during live instruction. Remember to schedule an appointment to talk to the teacher.

Recording instructional sessions without permission is prohibited.
Assist your child with their work as needed, but do not complete or supply answers.

Compliance Hotline

The Hotline toll-free phone number to make a telephone report is 1-866- 646- 2512.

The Board of Education and the PGCPS Chief Executive Officer encourage any concerned individual to report financial fraud, waste, or abuse.

Fraud includes all acts for personal gain, without limitation, that result in damages or losses to PGCPS.

Waste includes neglect, destruction, damage, or loss of property by someone entrusted with use.

This also includes spending unnecessarily as a result of inefficient or ineffective practices.

Abuse is improper use of resources or authority for financial gain.

To make an online report go to the PGCPS website (

For other concerns, contact:

Child Abuse/Neglect: 301-909-2000
Harassment/Discrimination: 240-573-7049
Employee Labor Relations: 301-952-6385
Constituent Services: 301-808-8315
Building Services: 301-952-6500

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