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Connect PGCPS

March 20, 2020

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Amid COVID-19 Closure, Teachers Keep Learning In Motion

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Although schools are closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, teachers and students are using innovative technology to stay connected and keep learning in motion! Read More

New! Remote Teaching Toolkit

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Our Technology Training Team  (T3) has assembled an array of tools and resources to help educators stay connected to students and families. Check out the Remote Teaching Toolkit.

Stay Healthy and Focused While Working From Home

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Teleworking can present its own challenges to staying healthy and focused. Here are some tips to keep you on the right track:

  • Get up and get dressed. No need for the fancy skirt or suit and tie. Dress comfortably and start your day.
  • Eat a nutritious breakfast. Breakfast provides you with essential nutrients so you can feel productive.
  • Have a plan. Establish a daily routine and stick to it.
  • Set boundaries and stay productive. Let your family know that you will be working during specific hours and to not disturb you unless it’s an emergency. This may help to avoid interruptions and stay as productive as possible.
  • Take a break. Take a walk outside or chat with a friend for 15 minutes. You can connect with others via FaceTime to alleviate total social isolation while at home.

Protect Yourself In Public Settings

Continue to follow social distancing guidelines and take steps to protect yourself in public settings. Stay approximately 6 feet away or more from others. Avoid shaking hands; use a fist or elbow bump as an alternate greeting. Sneeze or cough into your arm or tissue to reduce the spread of germs.

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Student Meals Available During COVID-19 Closures


During the closure, students can receive “grab and go” lunches at regional locations daily between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Adults may not pick up meals for students.

In the Spotlight

Pride of PGCPS


Thomas Pierre, music teacher at Thomas Pullen Creative and Performing Arts Academy has been selected by the CMA Foundation for the annual Music Teachers of Excellence award. Pierre, who joins 29 other music teachers across the country, will be honored for the incredible work he is doing in the classroom and community.

Nominate a colleague who makes you #PGCPSProud by sending their name, office/school, photo and a brief description (100 words or less) to communications@pgcps.org. Submissions may be edited for length, clarity or grammar.

The Office of Communications is always seeking good news to share about our students, staff, schools and offices! Does your school or office have an innovative program? Do you know a student achiever or hard-working staffer who deserve kudos? Tell us more at communications@pgcps.org!


Get Caught Up on SafeSchools Training Modules

Now is a great time to complete the mandatory SafeSchools training modules. If you have completed all of your modules, expand your learning and explore additional courses. The content presented in the optional modules could prove to be essential information for all employees. Additional courses include:

  • Online Safety
  • Browser Security Basics
  • Email and Messaging Safety
  • Copyright Infringement

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Benefits Services: Our Focus Is You 

Online Dr. Visits Now Available

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Do you need an alternative to visiting a physician's office or an urgent care facility for health issues not related to COVID-19?  Do you have concerns about traveling, waiting and exposure to other ailments?

Good news! All employees (and their eligible dependents) enrolled in PGCPS health insurance plans are eligible for video visits, allowing you to consult with a board-certified physician from your smartphone, tablet or computer from the comfort of your home.

Look for more information on video visits on the Benefits Services webpage under announcements.

National Nutrition Month: Oxon Hill HS 'Celebrity Chef' Shares Healthy Recipes


For National Nutrition Month, we stopped by Oxon Hill High School to see what Chef Ian Barthley was cooking! Check out this video on two healthy dishes in less than 30 minutes. Recipe shared below.

Pan-Seared Salmon Two Ways



Heat oil in a frying pan. Season salmon with salt and pepper (fresh cracked is best). Place salmon in hot pan and brown both sides (about 2 minutes on each side). 
Place frying pan in a 350-degree oven for 10 minutes.


Whisk first eight ingredients together in a bowl. In a separate bowl season mix greens with salt and pepper. Toss salad in dressing, but be careful not to use too much dressing.

Cooked Super Foood Salad Mix:

Heat oil in a saute pan but be careful not to overheat the oil. Add shallot to the pan and saute for roughly three minutes. Try not to burn the shallots. Add garlic and saute for 1 minute. Add tomato and then salad mix and saute until the salad starts to wilt (about one to two minutes). Add balsamic glaze, toss then serve.

Go Green: National Nutrition Month

It's not too late to go green this month as part of our Healthy PGCPS campaign. Make green choices all month — all the veggies, fruit and smoothies you can eat! Share photos on social media using the hashtag #HealthyPGCPS. Best photos will be posted in the newsletter.

ICYMI: In Case You Missed It

COVID-19 Updates: Deadlines, building access

Any deadlines originally scheduled to fall between March 16-27 will be rescheduled once schools reopen. This includes special education, 4E and the date for the end of third quarter.

All public school buildings in the state are closed for cleaning and disinfecting. This includes temporary (modular) buildings, bus lots and administrative offices. With the exception of building services, maintenance staff and food service workers, employees may not enter buildings without prior authorization from the appropriate Chief.

Please continue to visit www.pgcps.org/coronavirus for the latest updates and keep yourselves and your families healthy and safe.