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  • 19 Aug 2020 6:37 PM | Gerrod Tyler (Administrator)
    Parents, please help us plan for our upcoming PTSA virtual events for the school year. This year, we have a new chair,Johnika Dreher, heading this committee who has great ideas on how we can host virtual events for our scholars. As always, we can not do it without your help so please attend our call tomorrow. If you are unable to attend but would like to help, please leave a comment we will follow up with you.

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  • 29 Jul 2020 7:00 AM | Gerrod Tyler (Administrator)

    On July 15, CEO Dr. Monica Goldson hosted a parent and community telephone town hall, answering questions from parents and community members on plans for the 2020-2021 school year. We compiled highlights.


    Q: How will the high school Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs be accommodated with distance learning?

    A: During the first two quarters, students will focus on classwork. The goal is for the hands-on component to be completed in the last half of the academic year.


    Q: Will teachers respond to students in a timely manner on questions about schoolwork and homework?

    A: Yes. The policy will be a 24-hour reply time for student inquiries and a 48-hour policy on email replies to parents/guardians (excluding weekends).


    Q: Will all curriculum subjects be taught during distance learning?

    A: Yes. All content areas will be taught, including specials like art, physical education and world languages, if offered.


    Q: Is it possible for printed paper packets to be provided for student work?

    A: Virtual learning assignments will not require the use of a printer. We will explore the possibility of making packets available. Parent Support Centers will also be available to families (details forthcoming).


    Q: Will student meals be available?

    A: Meal pickup will be available at all schools twice-weekly. Students will use their lunch PIN to get meals. Different from our summer meals program, only students eligible for our Free and Reduced-Price meals program will receive meals at no cost. Specialty program students can retrieve meals from the school nearest to their home. Additionally, PGCPS is exploring the possibility of meal delivery to some large residential communities.


    Q: Are there plans for a smooth transition for middle school students?

    A: Virtual orientations for students and parents will be available for families with students transitioning from elementary to middle school, and from middle to high school.


    Q: Will teachers be required to teach from their classroom.

    A: No; teachers will have the option to teach from home.


    Q: How will testing work?

    A: Diagnostic assessments will be done at the beginning of the school year to inform instruction. A decision has not yet been made on state assessments or college entrance assessments.


    Q: What resources will be available to parents?

    A: We will operate Parent Support Centers throughout the county to assist families with tech support and other aspects of distance learning (more info forthcoming). WiFi hotspots will also be available to families. Additional resources are available at pgcps.org, PGCPS-TV and Khan Academy.


    Q: Will students be online for the full school day?

    A: Yes. Virtual learning will operate on your school's typical hours, including built-in breaks and time for lunch. 


    Q: Will student service-learning hours be required?

    A: The Maryland State Department of Education has not made a decision yet. 


    Q: How will grading be done?

    A: Students will be assessed on a regular grading scale.


    Q: How are teachers preparing for successful virtual learning?

    A: Teachers will receive professional development to prepare them for a successful delivery of instruction. We are also partnering with the University of Maryland for teacher coaching.


    Q: Could Pre-K be expanded to all children given distance learning?

    A: This is a decision made at the state level, but we are hopeful that access will be granted to more families through Kirwan legislation.


    Q: How will families new to PGCPS become acquainted with technology and platforms?

    A: Devices will be distributed to new families and those with students still needing an iPad or Chromebook + additional support in getting set up + navigation.


    Q: Are there considerations being made to continue athletics — especially for high school students?

    A: Colleges and universities are aware of the circumstances. PGCPS will work with coaches to assist high school students on innovative ways to prepare athletes to apply to college.


    Q: How will student IEPs be implemented?

    A: IEP students will be provided the equipment necessary to continue learning virtually. More information is forthcoming in our comprehensive plan on special education. 


  • 29 Jul 2020 5:56 AM | Gerrod Tyler (Administrator)

    As an association that represents all children and families, it is our duty to disrupt the systems that propagate institutional racism,” said Leslie Boggs, president of National PTA. “Our efforts will be intentional, purposeful and relentless until every person enjoys the freedoms guaranteed to all Americans.”

    As outlined in the position statement, National PTA will hold courageous conversations with its membership and communities to understand the impact of institutional racism and how it affects the well-being of children of color. These conversations will include racism, social justice, equitable education, juvenile justice, affordable housing, food sustainability, economic wealth and affordable health care for families of color.

    National PTA and its constituent associations will also educate themselves and their communities on the disparities among students of color compared to their white peers related to issues such as housing, healthcare, environmental and community planning, criminal justice and employment. This knowledge is essential to understand the impact of institutional racism on school performance, which is manifested in attendance, discipline, academic achievement and graduation rates of students of color.

    As also included in the position statement, National PTA and its constituent associations will advocate at all levels to eradicate the negative impact of institutional racism. National PTA will also work to ensure more comprehensive guidelines and training are required on the use of force by school resource officers, other law enforcement officers and security personnel.

    National PTA strongly urges federal, state and local public officials to invest in educating students and teachers on the history and impact of institutional racism. Professional development and training must be provided for all school staff on implicit bias and culturally appropriate curriculum. School staff should also be provided professional development in mental health, trauma-informed care and restorative justice to provide a safe, inclusive environment for all students.

    National PTA also urges federal and state policymakers, school district leaders, school administrators and educators to review bias in curriculum, policies, practices and programs to identify and address those that perpetuate inequities toward children or communities of color, resulting in Black and Brown students experiencing lower school achievement rates.

    “We can eliminate racism and social injustices when we unite as a community, regardless of skin color, race, language or culture,” said Anna King, National PTA president-elect. “PTA reaffirms our commitment to advocate for all children—including and specifically for Black and Brown children—to eliminate the negative impacts of institutional racism and ensure they have every opportunity to reach their full potential.”


  • 12 Mar 2020 6:28 PM | Gerrod Tyler (Administrator)

    Parents, we will update you on the schools next steps in preparation for the closure. If you have any questions that you want answered, please post your question in the comments section here and we will get a response from the school.

    To post a question, click on the menu next to the posting (3 dots), click on comments, and submit your question.

    We will also schedule a conference call for parents in the near future, please stay tuned for more information from the MAFI PTSA.

  • 3 Nov 2019 11:39 AM | Gerrod Tyler (Administrator)

    Gerrod Tyler is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

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  • 18 Sep 2019 10:02 AM | Gerrod Tyler (Administrator)


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