PGCPS CEO Monica Goldson has emphasized the importance of striking a balance between safety, academics and well-being amid the COVID-19 pandemic. (PGCPS photo)
**FILE** PGCPS CEO Monica Goldson has emphasized the importance of striking a balance between safety, academics and well-being amid the COVID-19 pandemic. (PGCPS photo)

Schools CEO Monica Goldson recently announced plans to reopen PGCPS on April 8 for in-person hybrid teaching and learning while giving families the opportunity to continue distance learning through the end of the school year.

Goldson also emphasized the importance of striking a balance between safety, academics, and well-being amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

“While we have made substantial investments to implement a virtual learning experience for our students, we know that nothing can truly replace the experience of interacting with their educators and classmates in a classroom.

At the same time, our highest priority from the very beginning of this pandemic and to this day continues to be the safety of our students and staff,” Goldson said in a statement. “In April, we will implement a hybrid learning schedule, where students can split their time between in-person and remote learning, and that families may opt into. We believe this plan prioritizes health, safety, equity and excellence.”

Face Coverings

In compliance with school reopening guidelines, all students must wear face coverings while inside PGCPS facilities and while being transported by the PGCPS Department of Transportation.

Face coverings are required by all adults and students, worn throughout the school day, and as feasible for students with disabilities or a medical reason from their physician.

Return to Teaching and Learning

On Thursday, April 8, Phase 1 instruction will begin with a two-day hybrid learning schedule for all special education students in kindergarten through 12th grade and for students in prekindergarten through sixth grade and 12th grade.

On Thursday, April 15, Phase 2 instruction will begin for all remaining seventh through 11th graders.

Parent Support Centers

Beginning this month, the distance learning Parent Support Centers is in operation from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Mondays and Wednesdays. All appointments must be scheduled online.

For more information, contact parent.supportcenter@pgcps.org.

Vaccinations Continue

Vaccination clinics will continue in collaboration with the Prince George’s County Health Department and Kaiser Permanente.

PGCPS currently conducts contact tracing for staff and will adopt similar protocols for students upon their return.

Personal protective equipment (PPE) will be available to all staff and students when in-person learning resumes.

The school system’s current cleaning protocols require the PGCPS Environmental Team to respond with thorough cleaning and disinfecting of any facilities or areas within 24 hours of a known case of COVID-19.

“As a school system, we have shown restraint in not rushing to reopen,” Goldson said in a statement. “And we will continue to adhere to metrics for safe school reopening based on COVID-19 indicators.”

Spirit Wear Online Store

The PTSA’s Spirit Wear online store is open year-round for stock items such as magnets, hoodies and T-shirts and is the only opportunity this fall to order Raiders Gear in preferred colors, styles and specialty sizes.

Items can be directly mailed (shipping charges apply) or arrangements can be made for free curbside pickup at the Capital Gifts storefront in Annapolis.

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