Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS) is excited to welcome students back for the 2021-22 school year!
On September 8, after more than a year of distance and hybrid learning, we look forward to the return of most students to classrooms for full-time, in-person learning.
This year, PGCPS is also launching a new Online Campus for students in grades 7-12 who thrived in a virtual environment and want to continue to make online learning their approach to school in the future.
The Online Campus is a new full-time, innovative speciality instructional program where students will take all of their classes online through a combination of synchronous and asynchronous instruction. This is not a short-term program in response to the pandemic.
Given the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we also have a temporary Virtual Learning Program for students in kindergarten through sixth grade who are under the age of 12 and currently ineligible for the COVID-19 vaccine.

10 Tips to Prepare for the School Year!

Back-to-school is as easy as A-B-C with these top tips to get students and families #Ready2ReconnectPGCPS.

1. Mask Up! Masks are required for all students, staff and visitors in schools and office buildings.

2. Be Wise: Immunize! Don’t forget to add routine immunizations to your prep list. The Prince George’s County Health Department is hosting community and school-based clinics through September 25. For dates and to make an appointment, visit

3. PGCPS Proud to be Protected! For the health and safety of our community, COVID-19 vaccines are recommended for all students 12 years of age or older.

4. Get on the Bus! Families with children who ride the bus to school can expect to receive bus route information the week of August 23. All students will be required to wear a mask when riding the school bus. Also be sure to download the StopFinder school bus app from the App Store or Google Play to view student routes and bus location once school begins. Families must have an up-to-date email address in SchoolMax to activate the subscription.

5. Attend a Drive & Dash! Join us at one of three locations (Charles H. Flowers, High Point or Oxon Hill high schools) on Saturday, August 21 to prepare for the upcoming school year. We’ll have our annual backpack giveaway, entertainment and will host a student vaccination clinic at Flowers High School.

6. School Supplies & Uniforms — Although uniforms were optional last year during hybrid learning, students who attend a school with a uniform policy will berequired this fall. A school supplies list is on the PGCPS website ( Check your school’s website or correspondence for more specific guidance.

7. No Child Hungry — Meals will be offered at no cost to all students this school year! Menus can be viewed on the PGCPS website.

8. Complete the Meal Benefit Application. Although meals are free this school year, families are still encouraged to complete the meal benefit application, which determines eligibility for the Pandemic Electronic Benefits Transfer Program (P-EBT) and more. Households can apply for meal benefits online at  

9. Stay Connected! Don’t miss important news and updates. Make sure your contact information is updated in SchoolMax. Sign up to receive newsletters, text and email alerts on the PGCPS website and follow PGCPS on social media (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and LinkedIn).

10. Show and Tell! Let us know how your family is preparing for the school year by tagging PGCPS on social media with #Ready2ReconnectPGCPS for a chance to be featured!

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