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Time to #PlugInPGCPS: Back-to-School Countdown!

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The first day of school is Monday, Aug. 31! As we count down to #PGCPS1stDay, here's what you should do this week to prepare for a successful start to the school year:

  • Pick up equipment and materials from your school.
  • Attend your school’s virtual orientation on Friday, Aug. 28.
  • Organize at-home learning supplies.
  • Sign into SchoolMax to view student schedules.
  • Get ready to plug in: test your child's PGCPS-issued email and password.

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Plug Into #PGCPS1stDay!

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Show us your first day photos and videos! Tag #PGCPS1stDay and #PlugInPGCPS.

Share a back-to-school photo in your home learning space with this selfie sign!

Zoom into #PGCPS1stDay and show your #PGCPSPride with a virtual background!

Distance Learning School Supply Lists 

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View school supplies needed for distance learning by grade.

Supply Lists

Grab and Go Student Meals 

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Nutrition goes hand in hand with successful learning! Breakfast and lunch will be available for pick up at most schools (and delivery in many communities) on Mondays and Wednesdays between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Students who are not eligible for free and reduced-priced meals can purchase breakfast and lunch. Submit a free and reduced-priced meals form here.

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Tech Assistance for Students and Families

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Troubleshooting at Home — We offer many online resources to help families resolve distance learning issues! Be sure to bookmark your school’s website and our Distance Learning portal to view helpful information in one place. Your child’s classroom teacher or school registrar can help resolve many common issues. Our Distance Learning Hotline and Parent Support Centers will also be available to assist. 

Distance Learning Hotline — Starting Monday Aug. 31, parents can call 240-696-6229, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. for help with technical/equipment issues and/or instructional guidance and support.

Parent Support Centers — Make an appointment to recieve help with technology, navigating online platforms and other issues at one of nine Parent Support Centers across the county. Mondays and Wednesdays from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. View locations

Answers to common questions, distance learning feature

We're listening! Answers to your commonly asked questions on how distance learning will work for the 2020-2021 SY.

Q. My student can't access a PGCPS email account. What should I do?

A. Visit and follow the steps to reset the password. New students and those unable to change passwords online should contact their school’s password administrator. View a list of password administrators by school here

Q. When will I be able to pick up an iPad or Chromebook and/or other supplies for my child to use for learning at home?

A. Chromebooks, iPads, wifi hotspots, textbooks and other supplies are being distributed by schools this week. Please look for correspondence from your school or check the school website for your assigned pickup day and time. If you miss a distribution, please contact your school directly to make arrangements.

Q. Are immunizations required during distance learning?

A. Yes! Immunizations are still required during distance learning, and during a pandemic are essential in maintaining overall health. Students must meet state immunization requirements within 20 calendar days of enrollment (Sept. 21).

Q. What is the attendance policy during distance learning?

A. Although school will look different this fall, attendance remains a priority. If students are unable to attend scheduled classes, parents must communicate the reason via email to the student's classroom teacher. See our Final Reopening Plan for complete attendance policy.

Distance Learning Resources

PreK - 5 Lessons on PGCPS-TV

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Beginning Monday, Aug. 31 through Sept. 18, lessons will air on PGCPS-TV (channel 96/ Comcast and 38/Verizon) for Pre-K through fifth grade students who do not have a computer for learning at home, and who have not yet received a PGCPS device. Televised lessons will cover reading, math, science and social studies, aligned with classroom content. Art, dance, music and physical education lessons as well as weekly language immersion and Montessori Moments will also be broadcast. 

Make Room for Learning at Home 

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With the start of school less than a week away, it's time to set up a designated space at home for learning. Encourage your child to help set up the the space, as it will help them become invested and ready to learn. Check out these tips on creating a productive learning environment at home.

Prekindergarten Seats Available!

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Parents/guardians of children who turn four years old on or before Tuesday, Sept. 1 may apply for prekindergarten at their boundary school or selected half-day programs. Over-income families will be placed on a waitlist and considered for a seat after Tuesday, Sept. 8 based on space availability.

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In the News

Teacher of the Year Back-to-School Tips!

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Teacher of the Year Mary Piccirilli shares back-to-school encouragement!


CEO Answers Virtual Learning Questions

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CEO Dr. Monica Goldson discussed the upcoming school year and answered distance learning questions recently on Good Morning Washington.

ABC 7 Interview

Quick Links

2020-2021 School Calendar


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