Over the last several months, we have made record investments to help improve distance learning and implement hybrid educational models. We’ve focused on professional development for our educators around virtual teaching and learning, and used federal funding to help purchase cutting-edge technology to assist these efforts. We remain focused on providing safe environments for all.
Vaccination clinics will continue in collaboration with the Prince George’s County Health Department and Kaiser Permanente. The Maryland COVID Testing Program will allow PGCPS to offer rapid and diagnostic testing for both symptomatic and asymptomatic students and staff. We currently conduct contact tracing for staff and will adopt similar protocols for students upon their return. Personal protective equipment (PPE) will be available to all staff and students when in-person learning resumes. We have upgraded all air filters in schools and office buildings to the CDC-recommended Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value (MERV) rating of 13 and conducted appropriate air quality testing for all schools.
Our current cleaning protocols require the PGCPS Environmental Team to respond with thorough cleaning and disinfecting of any facilities or areas within 24 hours of a known case of COVID-19. As a school system, we have shown restraint in not rushing to reopen and we will continue to adhere to metrics for safe school reopening based on COVID-19 indicators.