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    Continuity of Learning FAQs

    State Superintendent of Education Dr. Karen Salmon announced that all Maryland public schools will be closed through Friday, April 24 to prevent the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). Our first priority will always be the wellbeing of children, families, employees and our entire community. Please find answers to frequently asked questions below.

    Will instruction continue/distance learning be implemented? 

    Yes! The first step is ensuring all students have the tools they need to continue learning — and quickly preparing our teachers to deliver effective instruction in the new online format. Our Distance Learning Program will rollout in two phases, with one week off for spring break (Monday, April 6 to Monday, April 13). Online instruction will begin Tuesday, April 14.

    During phase one, staff will:

    • Submit third quarter grades

    • Begin providing professional learning to educators in various online platforms to ensure a quality distance learning experience for teachers and students 

    • Begin setting up virtual classrooms 

    • Distribute laptops and secure internet access for those in need

    • Reconnect with K-12 families and invite students to their Google classrooms

    • Reconnect with K-12 colleagues and professional learning communities

    During phase two, educators will:

    • Deliver virtual lessons 

    • Maintain communication with families and students 

    • Provide virtual support for students in need of assistance 

    • Reconnect with PreK families and invite students to their Google Classrooms

    When will online instruction begin?

    Online instruction will begin Tuesday, April 14. Please note that while distance learning will not be equivalent to or structured as a typical 6-hour school day, we expect to maintain key aspects of the classroom experience: collaboration with peers, daily lessons and experimentation with individualized and innovative techniques. 

    Our distance learning model will be inclusive of a blend of approaches to learning activities; independent, self-paced work; virtual office hours to check for understanding and submission of assignments. This is to maintain an academic connection and flexibility for students, teachers, and families.

    How are you ensuring all students can access the new distance learning model?

    A technology access survey was conducted to identify students in need of devices and/or internet access to complete work from home. Chromebook distribution to families in need will be held Wednesday, April 1 through Friday, April 3 at students’ boundary schools between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Information will be placed on school webpages. Parents will also receive a robocall with specific dates for pick-up. If there is inclement weather, please check the PGCPS website and PGCPS-TV (Verizon 38/Xfinity 96) for a new distribution date. Bring a parent ID, student report card and an ink pen to complete the appropriate forms. Families who completed the survey or communicated their needs to teachers and administrators will receive priority distribution.

    Working with Comcast and Verizon, Prince George’s County Public Schools has committed $2 million to cover the cost of internet access for families in need. We will assist families of students eligible for free and reduced-price meals (FARMS) in signing up for Comcast’s Internet Essentials program, which provides affordable high-speed internet at home. The school system will help non-FARMS families obtain a Comcast or Verizon hotspot or home internet access.

    Additionally, wifi access points at several schools will be available effective Tuesday, April 14 for anyone with a PGCPS email account to log on from the school parking lot or within close proximity to the school.

    How will grading work for the third and fourth quarters?

    Monday, March 30 will remain the end of the third quarter. From Monday, March 30 through Friday, April 3, students will be allowed to electronically submit any work assigned or expected to be turned in during the two-week closure. Students who are unable to submit assignments electronically will not be penalized. Any work identified by the teacher as enrichment during the two-week closure will not be graded. 

    Fourth quarter will begin Tuesday, April 14. Students will earn a Pass (P) or Incomplete (I) grade at the conclusion of the quarter. Final grades will represent a letter grade from the first three quarters and an explanation included on all transcripts that fourth-quarter grades were earned remotely.  

    What will day-to-day distance learning look like for students?

    Each week, teachers will teach one virtual lesson per core content area (pre-recorded or live) with two assignments related to that lesson. Lessons should be no longer than 30-45 minutes. Recorded videos will be posted in Google Classroom for students to review independently. 

    Lessons will be taught between the hours of 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. This timeframe  also includes an opportunity for virtual office hours for students needing extra assistance. Additionally, staff will monitor email throughout the day. All core content assignments are due Friday of each week. 

    For electives, schools will determine a rotating schedule to present virtual lessons (pre-recorded or live). Electives include art, physical education, music and health (select schools may have additional electives). 

    What support will there be for special education students?

    Special Education teachers will provide two virtual resource instructional sessions weekly lasting no longer than 30 to 45 minutes. 

    What support will there be for ESOL students?

    ESOL teachers will collaborate with general education teachers to assist English Learners in accessing content.