PGCPS Express: Phase 1 reopening; Equity and Social Justice; eGraduation Celebration highlights

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PGCPS Express: A newsletter for PGCPS Employees

June 3, 2020

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Phase 1 Reopening of PGCPS Administrative Offices

CEO Dr. Monica Goldson announced administrative offices will reopen for a small number of designated personnel twice a week, starting Monday, June 8. All other employees will continue teleworking. Visitors will be permitted by appointment only. Supervisors will notify direct reports by Thursday, June 4 if they have been identified to return to work locations.

Safety protocols will be utilized across buildings to ensure that employees adhere to social distancing guidelines and facial covering requirements. All schools and buildings will use rigorous disinfection processes aligned with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommended cleaning protocols at the end of each work day and prior to reopening schools and buildings.

A memo from Dr. Goldson was emailed to all employees on Tuesday, June 2.


Class of 2020 Grads Honored with Virtual Celebration

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Over the weekend, we hosted a virtual graduation celebration in honor of the Class of 2020, featuring a commencement address by Oxon Hill High School alum Taraji P. Henson and many other notables! The celebration is archived on the PGCPS YouTube channel and will air on PGCPS-TV (Comcast 96, Verizon 38) at a later date. Keepsake eGraduation Celebration programs are available at www.pgcps.org/futureready.


Our Commitment to Equity, Social Justice, Diversity and Inclusion

From Ahmaud Arbery to Breonna Taylor to George Floyd, the sequence of recent racially charged events has exacerbated the trauma that our communities are experiencing. This is true for our students, their families and our staff members. Read more from CEO Dr. Monica Goldson on our commitment to equity, social justice, diversity and inclusion. 

In the Spotlight

QuARTantine: Student and Teacher Art on Display

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Prince George's County Public Schools virtual art exhibit showcases student work created over the course of this school year. Students from early childhood to 12th grade are featured in this virtual exhibit. Meanwhile, works from teachers are on display in the Prince George's County Arts and Humanities Council's online gallery.


PGCPS Tops Maryland Green School Certifications

PGCPS continues to lead the state with the most number of new Maryland Green School certifications. This year, 10 schools earned certification and 30 schools were recertified, raising the total number of Green Schools to 131. Crossland High School, Chesapeake Math & IT (CMIT) Academy, CMIT North Middle School and Dwight D. Eisenhower Middle School joined six elementary schools in earning first-time certification: Hillcrest Heights, Hollywood, James Ryder Randall, Judge Sylvania Woods, Mount Rainier and Rosa Parks.


PGCPS Pride

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Templeton Elementary Principal Ebony Harris gets kudos for supporting her staff during distance learning, says second grade teacher Christer Rollins.

Harris and the assistant principals created fun, informative, and engaging activities for staff last month. "This has boosted morale and given staff something to look forward to during these difficult times," added Rollins.


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Berwyn Heights Elementary School music teacher Tiffany Papanikolas is always willing to share ideas and resources with colleagues across the school system, says Dara Case, Program Coordinator for Creative Arts at Thomas G. Pullen K-8 Creative and Performing Arts School. "Teachers can count on her to be helpful and kind. Her patience is a well-known quality. Students have been enjoying her videos and virtual lessons, which are creative and engaging!" 


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.

Benefits Services: Our Focus Is You

#HealthyPGCPS: Savory Veggie-Fruit Parfait

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Learn the new recipe for this savory veggie-fruit parfait

Announcements and Professional Development

Powering Down: Year-End Tech Training for Teachers

As distance learning concludes for the school year, course offerings for students and staff will be available for Tuesday, June 9 through Monday, June 15. More info to come!


Last Days of School

The 2019-20 school year will end June 15 for students and June 17 for teachers. Distance learning will conclude June 8. From June 9 to June 15, students will be allowed to complete make-up work as we transition to summer. The updated school calendar is available online at www.pgcps.org/calendar.


LifeChanger of the Year Awards

Nominations for the 10th Annual LifeChanger of the Year Award Program are now being accepted through Thursday, Dec. 31.

Reminder: the LifeChanger of the Year Program has a new award to honor any retiring school district employee. Nominations will be accepted through Friday, June 5.


Coming Soon: Employee Distance Learning Survey

Employees will have a chance to weigh in on issues under consideration for the 2020-21 school year through an online distance learning survey to be released next week. A survey was distributed to students and parents earlier this week.


CPS 101 Virtual Workshop

Participate in this virtual CPS 101 workshop to learn how to prevent child abuse and neglect. This workshop, brought to you by Prince George's County Department of Social Services, defines child abuse and neglect, shares common indicators, and addresses how to make a report.

Virtual workshops will be held at 2 p.m. daily from June 9-11. To access the workshop, click here.


Earn Micro-Credentials at American College of Education

PGCPS employees are eligible for a $250 tuition grant for a micro-credential at American College of Education (ACE). ACE’s micro-credentials are designed to give working professionals and students the ultimate flexibility. You can earn a micro-credential and digital badge after taking three credit-bearing courses in a specific area of study. For more information, contact Melissa Hill at melissa.hill@ace.edu or an enrollment counselor at 800-280-0307 option 2.

ICYMI: In Case You Missed It

Employee Personal and Annual Leave

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Employees will not lose personal or annual leave this fiscal year. At the end of this fiscal year, procedures outlined in negotiated agreements will be followed to provide maximum carryover of personal and annual leave days. All remaining days will be added to the employee’s sick leave balance. No unused days will be lost. This procedure will only be used at the end of this fiscal year – June 30.


CEO Employee Scholarships Available at Loyola

CEO Scholarship

Loyola University Maryland has partnered with Prince George’s County Public Schools to offer scholarship opportunities in qualifying programs to employees. Three full-tuition, three half-tuition and 20 one-semester MAT enrollment grants will be awarded to qualified applicants. Choose from nine nationally-accredited and state-approved master’s and certificate program options. Scholarship applications are due by July 15 and recipients will be announced on Aug. 10. For an additional bonus, PGCPS employees are eligible to receive a 15 percent tuition discount on all Loyola School of Education cohort programs. For more information about the programs offered, upcoming information sessions, how to apply, and eligibility requirements, visit www.loyola.edu/pgcps.