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PRINCE GEORGE’S COUNTY EDUCATION BRIEFS: School Bus App

The 2019-20 school year launches on Sept. 3, and PGCPS encourages parents to download the new “Here Comes the Bus” mobile app for bus locations and transportation updates.

The app uses global positioning system (GPS) technology to locate and track buses and offers real-time information on the exact location.

Parents can track multiple buses to find out exactly when children arrive at school or home. They can also customize settings in the app to receive push notifications alerting them when the bus is near or advising of a delay or schedule change. For assistance with the app, contact herecomesthebus@pgcps.org.

School Supplies List

These are general school supply lists. However, for a list from specific schools, go to the school’s website.

Elementary School Basic Supplies:
Backpack
Composition books (wide ruled)
Plastic school box
Glue sticks
#2 pencils
Crayons
Scissors
Facial tissues

Intermediate grades:
Ruler
Protractor
College ruled notebook paper
highlighters
book covers

Secondary School Basic Supplies:
Three-inch, three-ring binder
Subject dividers
Looseleaf notebook paper (college ruled)
Composition books (college ruled)
Blue or black ballpoint pens
#2 pencils
Colored pencils
Highlighters
Ruler
Book covers

Mandated Vaccinations

Maryland state law requires all students enrolled in prekindergarten through grade 12 to receive age-appropriate immunizations.

The school must have proof of immunizations before allowing a student to begin school on Sept. 3. If evidence of the required vaccines is not provided, the student will be excluded from school.

Students without the required documentation will be temporarily admitted and given 20 calendar days from the date of admission to provide evidence of immunization compliance.

Measles Alert

There is currently a surge of measles cases in the United States, including five cases in Maryland.

Measles is a disease which causes fever, cough, runny nose, eye irritation and a rash. It can cause more serious problems such as lung, ear and brain infections and, in rare cases, death.

It is extremely contagious and can live in the air for several hours in a location where an infected person has been.

Vaccination is a safe and effective way to protect your child from measles, PGCPS officials say.

School Registration, Enrollment

School-age students must be living with a birth parent or court-appointed legal guardian in Prince George’s County to be eligible for admission into Prince George’s County Public Schools.

If you are not the parent or court-appointed legal guardian of the student, inquire about informal kinship care by contacting the Office of Pupil Accounting at 301-952-6302.

If the student is currently suspended/expelled from a school, contact the Office of Appeals at 301-952-6195. If the student was last home schooled, contact the Home-Schooling Office by calling 301-333-1001.

Pre-kindergarten/Kindergarten

To be eligible for kindergarten a child must be 5 years old on or before Sept. 1. To be eligible for pre-kindergarten, a child must be 4 years old on/before Sept. 1 and income-eligible.

Early Entrance into Pre-kindergarten/Kindergarten

Prince George’s County has procedures and guidelines for early entrance. Only children who become age-eligible between Sept. 2 and Oct. 15 are eligible to apply.

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