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PRINCE GEORGE’S COUNTY EDUCATION BRIEFS: Proposed Spending Plan

Prince George’s County Public Schools CEO Monica Goldson on Dec. 12 unveiled her proposed fiscal year 2021 operating budget that focuses on meeting the diverse needs of PGCPS students and families.

Goldman’s $2.3 billion spending plan includes free meals at community schools, mental health supports and revamping the school system’s workforce development program.

In addition to a universal meals program at the 45 community schools where free breakfast, lunch and dinner will be provided to approximately 31,360 students, the proposal will fund a new middle school language immersion program, enhance PGCPS’ Career and Technical Education program, and expand our mental health supports for both students and families.

“All families have the same dream for their child: a quality education that nurtures their talents and propels their dreams into reality,” Goldson said. “These budget investments prioritize our students’ diverse needs and our commitment to attracting and keeping the best and brightest employees. By supporting students in and outside of the classroom, we prepare the next generation for the world beyond our schoolhouse doors.”

Inclement Weather Notifications

In the event of inclement weather, the decision to open or close schools will be made prior to 5:30 a.m. on the day in question and communicated as soon as possible to the media, parents and staff.

Weather notifications this year will also be released by way of CEO Monica Goldson’s Twitter account.

School officials will continue to issue notifications in numerous ways that include the PGCPS website, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, email and text, phone bulletin board, local media and via PGCPS Weather Line 301-952-6000 (option “1”).

Because some technology may be faster than others, a social media post with critical information might be available sooner than a website update or email and text message.

High School French Program

French bilingual students at Central High School were honored for their language proficiency in a recent ceremony at the French Embassy in D.C.

Four students received a DELF (Diplôme d’Etudes en Langue Française) B2 diploma, allowing them to study at a French university. Nine students received a DELF B1 diploma, which pre-qualifies them to receive a Maryland Seal of Biliteracy on their high school diploma.

Educational attache Mathieu Ausseil also recognized Central High School for its recent naming as a Label FrancÉducation school, a seal of excellence by the French government for high quality, French immersion education programs.

The Label FrancÉducation status is valid for three years and provides a dual guarantee for families: the assurance of high-quality French bilingual teaching and belonging to a national and global network, with over 390 Label FrancEducation programs across 59 countries.

Central is one of only three high schools in the United States — and the only public school — to hold Label FrancÉducation accreditation.

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