Discussions began in early March 2020 with Dr. Goldson, the Board of Education and the local government on ways to support the PGCPS community with the looming impact of COVID-19. During the first week of March, all principals and building services personnel were instructed to use procedures aligned with virus prevention as part of their daily cleaning of facilities. Schools were equipped with additional supplies such as soap, paper towels and hand sanitizer dispensers.
As a safety precaution, Dr. Goldson canceled all student local and international field trips and nonlocal travel for staff. Preventative measures included scheduled hand washings for students and a prescribed disinfection of schools and buildings.
Within a few short weeks, the viral outbreak was worldwide and required prompt intervention at the federal and state levels to control.
March 11, 2020 – PGCPS receives notification that individuals affiliated with Eleanor Roosevelt High School and College Park Academy had close contact with someone who traveled to a country under a high-risk coronavirus (COVID-19) warning. As a precaution, both schools were scheduled for closure on Thursday, March 12 and Friday, March 13 for cleaning and sanitizing.
March 12, 2020 – State Superintendent of Schools Dr. Karen Salmon announces the closure of all Maryland public schools from Monday, March 16 through Friday, March 27 as part of efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19. During this closure, all PGCPS buses, schools and facilities were cleaned and disinfected.
March 13, 2020 – PGCPS announces the use of nine “Grab and Go” meal sites to support our students and their families during the two week closure.
March 16, 2020 – “Grab and Go” meals increase from nine to 27 sites allowing PGCPS to reach more communities that serve some of our most vulnerable families.
March 18, 2020 – “Grab and Go” meals are available at 11 new schools, bringing the total number of sites to 36. Enrichment activity packets are made available online for prekindergarten through 12th grade students.
March 23, 2020 – The College Board announces that in-person tests will be replaced by online exams. Many of our schools also host International Baccalaureate programs, known as IB. Those exams, also scheduled for May, are now canceled. Students will not need to take the exam to receive an IB diploma or certificate of completion.
March 25, 2020 – State Superintendent of Schools Dr. Karen Salmon announced that Maryland public schools will remain closed until April 24, 2020, and distance learning planning, preparation and execution can begin.
March 27, 2020 – The Board of Education approves changes to the school calendar due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Ten new sites opened this week for student “Grab and Go” meals.
March 31, 2020 – Governor Larry Hogan issues a “Stay-at-Home” order to all Marylanders, restricting travel beyond Designated reasons, such as picking up medicine, visiting the doctor or getting food.
April 1, 2 or 3, 2020 – Mass distribution of laptops occurs at school sites.
April 6-8, 2020 – Continuity of Learning Program unfolds in two phases. Phase 1 launches with teachers engaging in professional learning in various online platforms to ensure a quality distance learning experience. Starting Monday, April 6, PGCPS offers limited meal distribution times but still provides a week’s worth of meals at “Grab and Go” sites.
April 8, 2020 – A second round of laptop distribution occurs for students at selected school sites.
April 9-13, 2020 – Amended Spring Break is recognized.
April 14, 2020 – Phase 2 begins with the start of Distance Learning for students.
April 17, 2020 – State Superintendent of Schools Dr. Karen Salmon announces that all Maryland public schools will remain closed until Friday, May 15.
April 21, 2020 – CEO hosts a Telephone Town Hall forum for students.
April 23, 2020 – CEO hosts a Telephone Town Hall forum for employees.
April 29, 2020 – CEO hosts a Telephone Town Hall forum for families and the community.
May 6, 2020 – State Superintendent of Schools Dr. Karen Salmon announces that all Maryland public schools will be closed for the remainder of the 2019-20 school year but distance learning will continue.
May 13, 2020 – Governor Hogan announces entrance into Stage 1 for all Maryland counties with the exception of Prince George’s County.
May 14, 2020 – Prince George’s County Executive Angela D. Alsobrooks announces a continuation of the “Stay-at-Home” order extended for Prince George’s County through June 1, 2020.
May 28, 2020 – Prince George’s County Executive Angela D. Alsobrooks announced that Prince George’s County would enter a modified Phase 1 of its reopening following the COVID-19 pandemic beginning June 1, 2020.