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PRINCE GEORGE’S COUNTY EDUCATION BRIEFS: ‘Grab N’ Go’ Meals

Breakfast and lunch will be available for pickup at most schools — and delivery in many communities — on Mondays and Wednesdays between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Students who are not eligible for free and reduced-price meals can purchase breakfast and lunch.

Learning Distance Hotline

Prince George’s County Public Schools’ new Distance Learning Hotline is 240-696-6229 and is available from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Parent Support Centers will also be available to assist with technical/equipment issues, instructional guidance and more.

If students are unable to attend scheduled classes, parents must communicate the reason via email to the student’s classroom teacher.

Families are also encouraged to look for tips on the school system’s social media pages.

Immunizations Still Required

Although PGCPS will offer distance learning for the first semester, students must meet state immunization requirements within 20 calendar days of enrollment or by Sept. 21.

PGCPS is hosting free immunization clinics at multiple school sites to assist families with meeting immunization requirements.

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

In order to adhere to social distancing guidelines, immunizations will be offered by appointment only and masks will be required. Temperatures will also be taken upon arrival.

Boys Read Program

The Virtual Boys Read Program is a great opportunity for male students in elementary and middle school to explore and share their favorite books, engage in games, and other fun activities.

The virtual reading club is held Mondays at 5:30 p.m. and can be accessed via Zoom at https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87105353853?pwd=RGtYWmVISnBlRWZlVFhwMW1iTEE2UT09.

Virtual Athletics

The first semester of athletics will be virtual and feature three sport seasons: fall, winter and spring.

During the first semester, athletes will have the opportunity to virtually participate in lessons for college and career readiness, academic achievement, recruitment preparation, physical activities, social, emotional and mental well-being and sport-specific information.

Interscholastic athletics will start at the lowest risk level for participation.

In December, a determination will be made on how PGCPS will continue delivering instruction for the second semester. Once that decision has been made, direction will be provided regarding face-to-face participation in sports.

Lessons on PGCPS-TV

Lessons will air through Sept. 18 on PGCPS-TV (channel 96/ Comcast and 38/Verizon) for students in pre-kindergarten through fifth grade who do not have a computer for learning at home and have not yet received a PGCPS device.

Televised lessons will cover reading, math, science and social studies aligned with classroom content. Art, dance, music and physical education lessons as well as weekly language immersion and “Montessori Moments” will also be broadcast.

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