Engage PGCPS: Learning @ Home Week 4! 💻[UPDATED]

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News This Week

Get Social for Teacher Appreciation Week!

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As we continue adjusting to a "new normal," this week we celebrate our more than 10,000 teachers who have innovated and adapted to keep learning in motion! Get social this week to thank a teacher for a job well done — and for their ongoing commitment to students and families.

Decision Day: Seniors Announce College Plans 🎓

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Last week, high school seniors announced plans to further their education at colleges and universities across the nation! View a recap video and check out our Future Ready portal for more senior highlights. Also, in case you missed it, five  high schools landed on the 2020 U.S. News & World Report Best High Schools list! 

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Distance Learning Updates

Fourth Quarter Grading Policy: Pass/Incomplete

Our Distance Learning plan is designed to keep students connected to school and to offer instruction in critical content required to be successful in the next grade/course pathway. With equity in mind, grading policy for the fourth quarter is designed to incentivize student participation in learning activities while “doing no harm” to students who are unable to fully participate. Student third quarter GPAs may now be viewed in SchoolMax.

Q4 Grading Policy

Q3/Q4 Grade Change Window Extension

The Maryland State Board of Education approved a statewide waiver extending the grade change window for third and fourth quarter to January 1, 2021. This extension allows staff and families the opportunity to access information for the third quarter that may have been left at school due to the sudden closure in March. In addition, all students who receive an Incomplete (I) grade for fourth quarter will have an opportunity to make up the work missed, once school reopens in the fall, for a Pass grade (P). Grade change appeals for all graduating seniors were due April 30, 2020.

To ensure all steps are followed accurately, please refer to the Administrative Procedure 5116 Grade Change Authorization and Appeals and Attachment A or Attachment B as appropriate.

High School Seniors: Graduation Waivers and Key Dates

In response to the impact of the COVID-19, the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) has determined that graduating high school seniors are exempt from fulfilling service learning hours and from the following: MCAP tests for Algebra I, English 10, and American Government; the Maryland Integrated Science Assessment (MISA) and AVP project.

Waivers were also approved for Career and Technical Education (CTE) cosmetology, nail technician and barbering programs, among other areas. Parents/guardians should contact school staff for more information.

In addition, don't miss important key upcoming events and dates, including virtual college and career signing days, senior spirit week, last day of school and more!

Class of 2020 Key Dates

Learning at Home — Frequently Asked Questions

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Find the answers to common questions including logging in to your child's PGCPS email account, navigating Google Classroom, Chromebook use and more! Our technology team has also compiled a guide for parents.

FAQs

Tune In! TV Lessons for PreK-5 Students!

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Students in prekindergarten through fifth grades can tune in to daily instructional lessons on PGCPS-TV (Comcast channel 96, Verizon channel 38 and online)! View daily schedule.

Watch Live

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#PGCPSProud News

Board Approves Financial Literacy Graduation Requirement 

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Plans are in motion to launch a mandatory high school financial literacy course, starting with the Class of 2024, as a graduation requirement.

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Coming Thursday: Career Signing Day!

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On Thursday, May 7, we will celebrate high school seniors who are preparing for their next chapter toward careers! Would you like to acknowledge a senior who has earned or is pursuing certification in a skilled trade or embarking on military service? Tell us at communications@pgcps.org or tag us on social media: #PGCPSCareerSigningDay2020.

Parent and Community Town Hall Recap

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On a telephone town hall last week with parents and community, CEO Dr. Monica Goldson answered questions and offered updates on distance learning. A recording of the call is available here.

Announcements

School Registrations for 2020-21 School Year

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Due to COVID-19 and continued school building closures, registration for pre-kindergarten, kindergarten, transitional and lottery programs are on hold. We will provide updates as available. 

Parks and Rec Grab-n-Go Meals for Students

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The Department of Parks and Recreation is offering free grab-and-go meals Monday through Friday from noon to 2 p.m. on a first-come, first-served basis for children under the age of 18. Locations: Marlow Heights Community Center, Oakcrest Community Center in Capitol Heights and Glenarden Community Center.


Learning at Home Resources

At Your Service: 24/7 Digital Library

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The PGCPS library Research Portal offers online encyclopedias, articles, primary resources, videos, eBooks and more! The Prince George's County Memorial Library System (PGCMLS) is also available 24/7 online with PGCMLS Digital Suite, Creative Suite, and more than 85 online resources!

Maryland Public Television 'At-Home Learning'

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Maryland Public Television has changed its weekday programming to support students, families and teachers. The new At-Home Learning program schedule airs from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays.

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Get Social With Your School!

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There's no better time than now to connect with your school online! To help, we've compiled a list of school social media accounts to help your family plug in and receive information during distance learning.

COVID-19: Our Responsibility

Mental Health: Creating Sensory Spaces at Home

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During the COVID-19 epidemic and distance learning, creating a sensory space at home can help promote a healthy mental state. Learn tips on how to set up an effective and individualized space using everyday items.

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COVID-19: Protect Health, Prevent Spread

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Did you know that you can unknowingly have and spread COVID-19? Staying at home prevents those who may have been exposed to the virus from spreading it to others and protects our community from spread.

COVID-19: Fresh Air Allowed, With Caution!

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When going outside for exercise, keep six feet of distance between yourself and others, do not play team or contact sports and do not touch playground equipment. Please note: all PGCPS playgrounds are closed.

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