PGCPS Express: Schools Closed for Remainder of 2019-20 Academic Year

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PGCPS Express: A newsletter for PGCPS Employees

May 12, 2020

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School Buildings Closed for Remainder of 2019-20 Academic Year

The COVID-19 outbreak has posed unprecedented challenges to the entire Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS) community. State Superintendent of Education Dr. Karen Salmon announced last week that all Maryland public schools will be closed for the remainder of the school year as part of a continuing effort to slow the coronavirus’ spread. >> Read more.

Class of 2020 Virtual Graduation on May 30


Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS) will honor the Class of 2020 with a systemwide eGraduation Celebration on Saturday, May 30, featuring Academy Award-nominated actress Taraji P. Henson as commencement speaker. 

The event will pay tribute to an estimated 8,000 seniors at 31 traditional, public charter and alternative high schools. Produced in collaboration with ABC7/WJLA-TV, it will air that evening at 7 p.m. on WJLA 24/7 News (Comcast 808, FiOS 508, DirecTV/Dish 8) and Charge (Over the Air Channel 7.2). A replay is scheduled for the following day at noon on ABC7. 


Raised in Oxon Hill, Henson graduated from Oxon Hill High School in 1988. A Golden Globe winner, Emmy nominee and author, she is best known for her roles in Hidden Figures, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Empire and Person of Interest. Henson founded the nonprofit Boris Lawrence Henson Foundation to help change the perception of mental illness in the African American community and to connect those in need with resources, such as tele-therapy to address COVID-19 stress. 

The eGraduation Celebration will also feature R&B singer Kenny Lattimore, a PGCPS Alumni Hall of Fame inductee; radio host/comedian Joe Clair; NFL cornerback Joe Haden; local news anchor Taylor Thomas and more.

In the Spotlight



Largo High School Principal Dr. Afie Mirshah-Nayar has been elected to serve as the President Elect of the Maryland Association of Secondary School Principals.



For the second consecutive year, Marlton Elementary School music teacher Vashti Burgess has been named a quarterfinalist for a Grammy Music Educator Award.

Thank You, Pupil Personnel Workers!


PGCPS Pupil Personnel Worker Week is May 11-15. Pupil Personnel Workers support students’ rights and responsibilities and ensure due process. Pupil Personnel Workers collaborate with school stakeholders on issues such as attendance, discipline, residency and crisis support for schools, as well as coordinating programs for students and families. In an effort to forge home, school and community partnerships, the Pupil Personnel Worker serves as a liaison between various departments within local school systems, as well as a referral source to internal and outside resources.

During the COVID-19 pandemic Pupil Personnel Workers are staying connected to students and families by checking in, providing resource information and assisting with removing barriers to student achievement.

Thank You, School Nurses!


National School Nurse Day (May 6) was established to foster a better understanding of the role of school nurses in the educational setting. Our School Nurses are critical to the health and well-being of our students. They are on the front line every day providing disease surveillance and case management, and administering medications and treatments.

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.

Benefits Services: Our Focus Is You

Virtual Wellness Series


Join the Employee Wellness Program in a virtual wellness series to help you stay on top of your well-being while navigating our new normal! Starting May 12, you can participate in wellness sessions on mindfulness and nutrition or take a fitness class. The schedule is:

  • May 12 — Mindfulness Series (6 weeks)
  • May 13 — Virtual Fitness Series (8 weeks)
  • May 14 — Week Nutrition Series (6 weeks)

To sign up, visit the Employee Wellness website under Benefits Services for class registration information. Seats are limited! Don't miss your chance to participate!

For more information or questions, please contact

Announcements and Professional Development

Inspirational Quote Winner Announced


Last month, we asked employees to participate in an original inspirational quote contest for a chance to be featured in PGCPS Express. The quote could be motivational, thought provoking or funny. Congratulations to Anthony Whittington, Director of Monitoring and Accountability, who submitted the winning quote:

“A high-quality education gets you into the Super Bowl of life. Without having an education, you’re listening to the game on the radio."

Transitioning to Online Learning Course for Educators

Register for a free three-hour course focused on helping educators transition an existing learning experience that is normally done in-person to an online environment. The course includes tutorials on some easy and/or free tools to use in completing this process. 

You must enroll by May 15 to participate in this certificate program at no cost. Enter code learnonlineaspire2 when registering to take the course at no cost. For questions or assistance registering, contact

ICYMI: In Case You Missed It

Calling for Nominations: Retirement Life Changer of the Year Award

Retirement is a wonderful time to honor individuals for their many years of service in the field of education. The Life Changer of the Year Program is announcing a new award for this nomination cycle. This award is for any school district employee who is retiring at the end of the 2019-20 school year. Nominations will be accepted now through Friday, June 5.

Life Changer of the Year is sponsored by the National Life Group Foundation. Since its inception in 2006, the goal of the National Life Group Foundation is to do good in communities by supporting nonprofit and educational organizations.