Starting today, December 21, all Prince George’s public schools will move to virtual learning in an effort to thwart COVID surge.
On December 17, Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS) announced that the entire school system would return to virtual learning as COVID-19 cases and student quarantines increased in the county.
The PGCPS website’s homepage currently states:
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.
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.
The decision comes soon after the State Department of Education recommended updating the statewide masking policy to include off ramps for Local Education Agencies. The move has yet to be approved by the Joint Committee on Administrative, Executive, and Legislative Regulations (AELR).