Engage PGCPS: Distance Learning Resources for Your Family

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Top News

Distance Learning Resources for Parents and Caregivers

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Need help setting up a device or accessing SchoolMax, Google Classroom, Clever, Zoom, Google Meet or other applications?

Google Classroom Overview

Clever Overview

Video Conferencing (Zoom/Google Meet) 

How to set up a PGCPS iPad

How to set up a PGCPS Chromebook

How to reset a student password

For technical assistance with an iPad or Chromebook, you may make an appointment at one of our nine Parent Support Centers.

Tuesday, Sept. 15: Spanish Telephone Town Hall

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CEO Dr. Monica Goldson will present a public telephone forum in Spanish on Tuesday, Sept. 15 at 6 p.m. to provide updates and answer questions and concerns. 


WiFi Assistance Available!

PGCPS is covering the cost of the Comcast Internet Essentials program, which provides affordable high-speed internet at home, for families eligible for free and reduced-price meals (FARMS).

Non-FARMS families may obtain a Verizon hotspot for home internet access. Please make a request through your school or by calling our Distance Learning Hotline at 240-696-6229, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Student Meals Now Free for All: Two Ways to Get Them!

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Did you know meals are free for all students through year end? You have two options for getting them on Mondays and Wednesdays between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. 

Pickup from a school — Simply visit your neighborhood school or a school close to home. 

Meal Delivery — Look for the school bus at one of these community meal delivery sites.

Children picking up meals do not need identification. We ask that parents/ guardians bring a student ID or other verification of enrollment to support the number of meals requested.

Testing During Distance Learning

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This month, your child will take our Fall Bridging Diagnostic Assessment. These test results will help teachers and staff improve instruction. The test will be given at home using the Pearson TestNav software, which is already downloaded on all PGCPS-issued devices. Students using personal devices must download the software prior to testing. View a tutorial on how to use Pearson TestNav. Teachers will instruct students on how and when to complete the tests.

Learn More

Reminder: Distance Learning Etiquette 

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Help us safeguard the learning environment by talking with your child about etiquette during virtual instructional sessions, including following classroom rules and appropriately using video, audio and chat features. Students should never share classroom Zoom links publicly. 

Zoom Guide for Families

PGCPS-TV: Lessons for PreK-5 Students

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Pre-K through fifth grade students without a computer for learning at home can view lessons on PGCPS-TV (channel 96/ Comcast and 38/Verizon). 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. 

View Schedule


Nominate a Teacher Who Is Rocking Distance Learning!

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Do you know a teacher who is going above and beyond during distance learning? Show them some love and nominate them for the Honored National Teaching Award at honored.org/nominate.

Census Deadline Is Near!

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Census funding is more important than ever as communities recover from the impacts of COVID-19, and it's not too late to be counted! All households have until Sept. 30 to respond to the 2020 U.S. Census online, via mail or by phone at 1-844-330-2020 (English)/ 1-844-468-2020 (Spanish).

In the News

Closing the Distance Learning Digital Divide

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See how PGCPS has worked to close the distance learning digital divide by providing computers and internet to students, plus thoughts from system and local leaders on what more can be done. 

View ABC-7 Story

Talented and Gifted Educators Honored

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PGCPS educators Marites Melad, Benjamin Tasker Middle School; Debra Perhach, Talented and Gifted (TAG) Coordinator; and Wendy Walton, Capitol Heights Elementary were recipients of the Maryland Educators of Gifted Students 2020 MEGGY Awards recognizing exemplary commitment and contribution to gifted and talented education.

Quick Links

2020-2021 School Calendar

Student Meals

SchoolMAX Family Portal

Distance Learning

Inside PGCPS Blog



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