Prince George’s County Public Schools have announced that all students will be moving to virtual learning starting this Monday, December 20th and going until January 14th (resuming on Tuesday, January 18th after the Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday) for secondary schools and until Monday, January 31st for K-6.
The full letter to the community from the PGCPS chief executive office can be seen below:
COVID-19 Update: All students moving to virtual learning (Dec. 20-23; Jan. 3-14)
Dear Prince George’s County Public Schools Community,
In light of the stark rise in COVID-19 cases throughout our school system, all students will transition to virtual learning, effective Monday, December 20 through Thursday, December 23. Winter Break will proceed as scheduled, Friday, December 24 through Friday, December 31, and virtual learning will continue Monday, January 3 through Friday, January 14. In-person learning will resume Tuesday, January 18, following the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday; students in the K-6 virtual learning program will return Monday, January 31.
Over the past few days, I have remained in daily contact with the Prince George’s County Health Department regarding appropriate steps for maintaining safe environments across more than 200 school communities. Educators, administrators and support staff must be able to deliver in-person instruction and other activities in conditions that prioritize their own health, as well as the wellbeing of the school community. The increased positivity rates have significantly challenged the ability to do so, causing anxiety among many school communities and disruption to the school day.
Parents who need to pick up instructional items to ensure continuity of learning may do so on Monday, December 20. Your child’s school will provide more information about pickup times. Additionally, meal distributions next week will occur on Monday, December 20 and Wednesday, December 22 between 10 a.m. and noon. Information about meal distribution in January is forthcoming.
I strongly encourage all of you to take every precaution against COVID-19, follow social distancing protocols and get vaccinated.
Thank you for your continued support.
Monica Goldson, Ed.D.
Chief Executive Officer