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News Release: PGCPS Will Delay Distance Learning Survey Amid Recent Covid-19 Surge

December 1, 2020
For Immediate Release

Office of Communications

UPPER MARLBORO, MD — Today, Chief Executive Officer Dr. Monica Goldson announced that Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS) will delay the distribution of a parent survey about moving to a hybrid instructional model for the second semester or continuing distance learning through the end of the school year.

In a letter to the community, Dr. Goldson noted the recent surge in COVID-19 cases statewide: “Like you, I am hopeful that we will be able to welcome our students and teachers back to in-person learning once it is safe. As we monitor COVID-19, we will continue distance learning until further notice. In the meantime, we are continuing to update and refine our resources for students and families. As part of this effort, we are seeking additional ways to support our students with special needs and English Language Learners, understanding that their circumstances may be different than others.”

The school system had originally planned to begin surveying families today through Friday, Dec. 18 about their intentions to either continue distance in-person instruction for the rest of the school year or move to a hybrid schedule in February. 

In October, a survey on distance learning experiences indicated that nearly 70 percent of parents were uncomfortable with allowing their child to return to school. 

Dr. Goldson recently convened a Medical Advisory Team on the risks and impacts of reopening schools amid the ongoing pandemic. This team, composed of experts across the medical field, shares their knowledge and guidance on the raging pandemic, and the risks and impacts reopening schools will have on staff and students. This information will assist in making critical decisions to best support students, families and staff.

A video of this announcement is available online. For more information, visit the PGCPS website.