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March 30, 2020

Get the Scoop

Governor Issues Stay-at-Home Order

On Monday, March 30, Governor Larry Hogan issued a stay-at-home order for Marylanders to stop the spread of the coronavirus. Picking up meals, digital devices and instructional materials for distance learning is permitted under the stay-at-home order

Mark Your Calendars: Dates to Remember!


State Superintendent of Education Dr. Karen Salmon announced last week that all Maryland public schools will remain closed through Friday, April 24 as part of ongoing efforts to slow the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). 

Please note the following dates:

  • March 30 — End of third quarter
  • March 30-April 3 — Students will be allowed to electronically submit any work assigned or expected to be turned in during the two-week closure.
  • April 6-8 — Teachers should input grades into SchoolMax.
  • April 6-13 — No online instruction for students. Schools and offices closed April 9-13.

  • April 14 — Start of fourth quarter and distance learning. 

Connecting PGCPS Through Distance Learning

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While many families and students are accustomed to completing assignments using an online platform, for others this may be a completely new experience. 

Distance learning will not be structured as a typical school day, but we do expect to maintain key aspects of the classroom experience: collaboration with peers, daily lessons and experimentation with individualized and innovative techniques. Our distance learning model will be inclusive of a blend of approaches to learning activities; independent, self-paced work; virtual office hours to check for understanding and submission of assignments. This is to maintain an academic connection and flexibility for students, teachers, and families. 

Our Continuity of Learning Program will unfold in two phases with a week off for spring break. >> Learn more.

34,000+ Meals Served During Statewide Closures

As of Friday, March 27, the school system has served 34,192 meals since the student meal sites opened. Breakfast, lunch and a snack will be available at 43 sites on weekdays, starting Monday, March 30. Under relaxed federal guidelines, parents may now pick up the “grab and go” meals. Parents must bring a student ID or report card with them if the student is unable to come to the site. Thanks to #TeamPGCPS for serving our students and families daily! >> Read more

Connect PGCPS Fund to Benefit Students Without Internet Access

The Excellence in Education Foundation has established the Connect PGCPS Fund to help offset the enormous cost of providing broadband internet to students without internet service. Visit the website for more information.

#AloneTogether: Stay Home, Stay Safe, Stay Aware, Stay Calm

Here's how you can do your part to get through the COVID-19 pandemic:

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For the latest updates, click here.

Above and Beyond: #TeamPGCPS Stays Connected

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While schools remain closed, #TeamPGCPS is going above and beyond to connect, keep learning in motion and spread cheer!

Highlights include:

  • Glenn Dale Elementary Principal Heather Porterfield recorded video on YouTube with math, Reading/English language arts and even a Women's History Month activity for students. Check it out!
  • Port Towns Elementary teacher Benjamin Miller mailed his first graders words of encouragement!
  • Whitehall Elementary teachers staged a parade through local neighborhoods to spread cheer and see students from a safe distance.
  • Gaywood Elementary art teacher Barbara Joann Combs is transporting us to the beach and into wildlife through the artwork of students, shared on Twitter! 
  • Surrattsville High School Principal Katrina Lamont sent students a daily motivational quote.
  • Capitol Heights Elementary shared a wellness plan focusing on self-care for families and staff during COVID-19.
  • Tulip Grove Elementary is keeping arts in focus, using the school's dedicated music Twitter account to help students continue to have a weekly dose of the arts!
  • The talent of Media Arts teachers and students was on display through PGCPS Film Festival PSAs for Census Week. 
  • Several schools hosted "virtual spirit week" to bring communities together.

See more ways teachers and students are staying connected during the closure.

Top photo: Food and Nutrition staff preparing "grab and go" meals for students.

In the Spotlight

Pride of PGCPS


Congratulations to Dr. Andrea Thompson, Assistant Principal at Mary Harris "Mother" Jones, on being named the 2020 Outstanding Assistant Principal by the Maryland Association of Elementary School Principals. Dr. Thompson was selected for her exceptional leadership and high expectations for school staff and students.

Nominate a colleague who makes you #PGCPSProud by sending their name, office/school, photo and a brief description (100 words or less) to 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!


Fun Challenge: Inspirational Quote Contest


Submit an original inspirational quote that's motivational, deep or funny. Quotes must be 30 words or less. Submit your entry to by Friday, April 17. Please include your name and school/office. Best quotes will be featured in future newsletters.

United Way Emergency Assistance Fund

United Way NCA has reactivated its Emergency Assistance Fund (EAF) to promote the health, education and financial stability of our community, especially for those residents who have or will be impacted by restrictions and closures of schools, businesses, and community institutions designed to slow the spread of the virus. For important FAQs about the United Way NCA Emergency Assistance Fund and additional resources about the COVID-19 crisis click here.

Coming soon: New name, same newsletter — Our employee newsletter is getting a new name. Look for PGCPS Express next week.

Benefits Services: Our Focus Is You 

COVID-19 Coping Resources for Employees

All employees and their immediate family members have access to the following free resources:

Mental & Emotional Health Counseling — Free confidential counseling via phone or video is available to help manage mental/emotional strain through the Employee Assistance Program (EAP). These services are just a phone call away.  Contact Inova EAP at 800-346-0110 any time, any day.  

Virtual Fitness Classes - Wellbeats — PGCPS is offering free access to a virtual fitness program through Wellbeats until Thursday, April 30. Wellbeats is an easy to use on-demand fitness app that can be accessed from any location. Employees can get started in three easy steps.

For more information, visit

Eat Healthy and Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth


Check out these recipes on how to make strawberry sorbet and swirled cheesecake brownies from Eating Well.

ICYMI: In Case You Missed It

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.

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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