One of schools CEO Monica Goldson's 2019-20 Blueprint investments focuses on schools with high numbers of students living in poverty who need additional support. (Courtesy of PGCPS)
**FILE** Prince George's County Public Schools CEO Monica Goldson (Courtesy of PGCPS)

Prince George’s County Public Schools CEO Monica Goldson has allocated $2 million to cover the cost of internet connectivity for students who do not have access to technology during the COVID-19 school closure.

To further strengthen its commitment to the community, the school system has partnered with Comcast and Verizon to provide broadband access. In addition to providing devices and broadband access, the Connect PGCPS Fund through the Excellence in Education Foundation for PGCPS will support philanthropic donations that will assist with the financial responsibility associated with internet connectivity.

“We are embarking on a new phase of teaching and learning through technology,” Goldson said. “Many of our families and students have access to internet services to complete assignments online, while for others, this may be a completely new experience. This shift to online learning is a necessity for the safety of our community and will continue to ensure students have access to high-quality education.”

Spring Break

There will be no online instruction for students through Monday, April 13. All schools and offices will be closed on Thursday, April 9, Friday, April 10 and Monday, April 13.

PGCPS’s “Continuity of Learning Program” will unfold in two phases with a week off for spring break.

During phase one, staff will:

• Submit third-quarter grades.
• Begin providing professional learning to educators in various online platforms to ensure a quality distance learning experience for teachers and students.
• Begin setting up virtual classrooms.
• Distribute laptops to those in need.
• Reconnect with K-12 families and invite students to their Google classrooms.
• Reconnect with K-12 colleagues and professional learning communities.

During phase two, educators will:

• Deliver virtual lessons.
• Maintain communication with families and students.
• Provide virtual support for students in need of assistance.
• Reconnect with PreK families and invite students to their Google Classrooms.

In the distance-learning structure, daily learning will not be equivalent to a six-hour day.

Census Awareness

The 2020 Census questionnaire will take about 10 minutes to complete.

Census officials say it’s safe, secure and confidential, and that information and privacy are protected.

Responses help to direct billions of dollars in federal funds to local communities for schools, roads and other public services.

Results from the 2020 Census will be used to determine the number of seats each state has in Congress and political representation at all levels of government.

Student Meal Sites

As of Monday, April 6, a week’s worth of “grab and go” meals can be picked up in fewer visits.

Meal pickup will occur twice a week between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. and students can get meals for two days Mondays and for three days Wednesdays.

There will be no meal service on Monday, April 13 due to spring break. Service will resume Tuesday, April 14 with one meal; three meals will be available on Wednesday, April 15.

Parents may pick up meals for students who are unable to come to the site by showing a student ID or report card.

Parents and guardians are not required to accompany students nor are students required to show ID.

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