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PRINCE GEORGE’S COUNTY EDUCATION BRIEFS: Town Hall Meetings

Newly appointed Board of Education member Bryan Swann prides himself on being a servant leader who believes in transparency, engagement, and accountability to get results.

Swann invites the PGCPS community to the following two District 4 town hall meetings on March 21: from 10 a.m. to noon at Bladensburg High School; and from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Kenmoore Middle School.

Coronavirus Cancellation/Precautions

Prince George’s County Schools CEO Monica Goldson issued the following statement regarding the coronavirus:

We are in regular contact with the Prince George’s County Health Department and Maryland Department of Health regarding the Coronavirus.

The school system adheres to guidance and direction from the county and state health departments in all health-related matters.

As a precaution, all Prince George’s County Public Schools-sponsored international travel is canceled until further notice. For spring break travel, anyone who travels to a high-risk area should contact the county or state health department for instructions prior to departure and before returning to school or work.

Please note that we are continuing to work proactively to keep school and office settings safe, prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, develop plans to continue instruction in the event of any school closures, and share information.

– Keep school and office settings safe
Our buildings and maintenance team are working hard to keep frequently used surfaces and areas as clean as possible. We are frequently cleaning school and office restrooms while stocking — and restocking, if needed — soap and paper towels in all facilities.
Please contact your direct supervisor or Building Supervisor if you need additional supplies.

– Prevent spread of respiratory viruses
Practicing everyday preventive steps can help slow the spread of respiratory illnesses like colds, flu and Coronavirus: Stay home when sick, wash hands often with soap and water, and cover your coughs and sneezes.
School nurses have been briefed on Coronavirus symptoms and we will continue to share the latest health department guidance with families and community members.

– Continue instruction
Students who are sick should follow regular procedures for making up class assignments and homework. In the event of school closures, assignments will be posted on individual school websites daily, supplemented by online textbooks and resources if necessary. We are exploring free internet options to ensure access for affected families.

– Stay informed
Additional information and resources are available at www.pgcps.org/coronavirus. This webpage includes fact sheets in multiple languages, links to the state and county health departments, and frequently asked questions about the Coronavirus.
Prince George’s County Public Schools is committed to providing safe teaching, learning and working environments for all students and staff.

Five Schools Adopted

Keller Williams Preferred Properties has adopted five PGCPS elementary schools to provide college and career exposure, financial support and volunteer service.

KWPP also provided more than 5,000 PGCPS third grade students at 68 schools with a new English-Spanish dictionary this school year.

Additionally, Keller Williams will host its annual “Red Day 2020” event featuring enhanced support for one of their adopted schools, Glassmanor Elementary.

This event will include volunteers completing various school beautification projects and classroom STREAM activities.

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