Engage PGCPS: Get Help with Distance Learning

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Get Help with Distance Learning

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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

Digital tools for students

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

Tech Assistance for Middle/High School Students

Middle and high school students in need of technology support should refer to their school’s website to contact tech support to receive help with computer issues, password reset and log-in information.

Instructional/Tutoring Support

Learn about opportunities for instructional support and tutoring here.

Ideas to Keep Students Social During Online Learning

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Our fall distance learning survey found many students to be experiencing some degree of social isolation. Here are some ideas for students to safely socialize during distance learning.

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Parks and Recreation

Playgrounds, parks, trails and campgrounds are now open to the public. Many indoor facilities are also open including pools, ice rinks, tennis courts and more.

Explore Activities

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Student Service-Learning 

Students are still required to fulfill service-learning hours for graduation. Here are ideas for volunteerism while safely connecting with peers. 

  • Food drives
  • Community beautification projects
  • Advocacy projects
  • Collecting supplies for homeless shelters
  • Creating social media campaigns

For additional ideas, contact your school’s service-learning coordinator.

More Info

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Mental Health and Wellness

With less access to their peer support system, students may experience an increase in anxiety, depression, stress and trauma.

Professional school counselors and psychologists are available to support students during distance learning. Counselors will address emotional health and wellness with elementary students within the next two weeks.

Mental health clinicians are also available in our community schools and middle schools. 

Mental Health Resources

Thursday: Distance Learning Telephone Town Hall

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CEO Dr. Monica Goldson will host a Distance Learning Tele Town Hall on Thursday, Nov. 5 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. as another step toward providing families with information to help make the best decisions for their children. More Info

Charter & Specialty Programs Lottery Now Open

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Applications to our Charter & Specialty Programs Lottery for the 2021-22 school year will be accepted online through Friday, Jan. 29.  This year, Charter & Specialty lotteries have been combined into one application window. The application window for Talented and Gifted (TAG) is separate and will open Monday, Jan. 4.

Apply Now

Need Shots? Register for a Free Immunization Clinic

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Need immunizations ahead of return to school? Students can receive free vaccinations at one of our four high school wellness centers through late November. Families must register online for an appointment. 

More Info + Register

PGCPS-TV Lessons Available Through End of Quarter

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Elementary students can view school lessons on PGCPS-TV (channels 96/Comcast and 38/Verizon). Instructional videos cover reading, math, science, social studies and electives and will be available through Thursday, Nov. 5.

Free Student Meals on Mondays and Wednesdays

Meals are free for all students through December 31 and can be picked up from schools or community delivery sites on Mondays and Wednesdays between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Please note that holidays may impact this schedule. 

More Info + Locations


Upcoming Calendar Reminders

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Tuesday, Nov. 3  Election Day: All schools and offices closed.

Thursday, Nov. 5 — End of First Quarter

Friday, Nov. 6  2-Hour Early Dismissal

View Calendar

Update on Google Hangouts

Google Hangouts is disabled for student-to-student use to ensure student cyber-safety. Unlike other online instructional tools, PGCPS cannot safely monitor student use in Google Hangouts.

Program Expanded! Free K-5 Reading Tutoring 

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Students in kindergarten through fifth grades can receive free virtual reading tutoring with trained tutors! Tutoring will begin mid-November and end April 2021 in one-hour afternoon sessions between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. The deadline to sign up is Wednesday, Nov. 4.

Sign Up

Tune In: 2020 Virtual Hall of Fame Gala

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Tune in to the 2020 Virtual Hall of Fame Gala this Friday, Nov. 6 on WJLA at 7:00 p.m. to see notable PGCPS alumni from around the world honored! Funds raised during this event will enhance student learning opportunities and expand scholarships and programming. 

Last Chance to Vote: Election Day is Tomorrow!

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The 2020 Presidential General Election and final day to vote is Tuesday, Nov. 3! Polls are open from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Election Day. Voters may cast their ballots at any of the County's 41 vote centers. Find your nearest vote center here.

In the News

Meet Our #TeacherTuesday Distance Learning Stars!

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See how PGCPS teachers are innovating to bring virtual class to life and engage students during online learning.


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