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PRINCE GEORGE’S EDUCATION BRIEFS: Key Dates for Back to School

Saturday, Aug. 26 – Back to School Fair at the Prince George’s Stadium

Thursday, Aug. 31 – Systemic Orientation Day: Pre-K and Kindergarten Students

Tuesday, Sept. 5 – Systemic Orientation Day: New 6th- and 7th-Grade Middle-Schoolers and New 9th-Graders: This is a full day activity. The referenced students are the only students that will start the school year on Sept. 5. All other students will start on Wednesday, Sept. 6.

Registrations and Student Schedules

Registrations bus transportation after Aug. 23 will have transportation in place on Sept. 11.

Registrations completed after Aug. 28 will result in students receiving a temporary grade level schedule with selected general classes until Sept. 15.

Transportation

For help with transportation, call the Transportation Phone Bank daily at: 301-952-6570.

School Bus App

PGCPS encourages parents to try out the new Bb District by Blackboard mobile app prior to the first day of school on Sept. 6 for bus stop locations and transportation updates.

“In today’s technology-driven and increasingly mobile world, we want to provide parents more information at their fingertips,” said schools CEO Kevin Maxwell. “This school year, if you’re wondering when the bus will arrive, there’s an app for that.”

In addition to transportation updates, the app provides convenient access to school lunch balances, homework assignments, grades and more.

Save the Date

The 7th annual Back-to-School Fair will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 26 at Prince George’s Stadium.

The event comes under sponsorship of @ComcastBeltway @ESFCU @BowieBaysox.

Immunization Updates

Current 6th-grade students will need the Tdap and Meningitis vaccines to enter 7th grade when classes begin Sept. 6.

Kindergarten students will need two doses of Varicella (chicken pox vaccine).

But there’s no need to wait and get caught in the summer rush if parents aren’t able to get an appointment before the school year begins, which would hinder their child from being in school on the first day. Parents can go to their primary care provider now to get their child immunized for the 2017-18 school year.

Other options include going to the local health department clinics, local pharmacies, grocery stores and urgent care centers.

Early Childhood Registration

PGCPS’ prekindergarten program provides early childhood education to 4-year-olds to help prepare them for kindergarten. As mandated by the state, children admitted to the prekindergarten program in the public schools shall be 4 years old on or before Sept. 1 of the school year in which they are applying.

Early entrance will be considered for children turning four years of age between Sept. 2 and Oct. 15 of the school year for which they are requesting early entrance.

For detailed information on prekindergarten admission procedures or to apply for early entrance, contact your boundary school. Students who meet age requirements and who are homeless will receive top priority.

Parents can contact the Early Childhood Office in Oxon Hill at 240-724-1924.

Back to School BBQ

The #FatherhoodForum and #MenOfPGCPS will celebrate their 3rd annual “Back-To-School BBQ” and Fathers vs Male Educators Basketball Game as they welcome the public to join them Sunday at Oxon Hill Middle School from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

PGCPS fathers or male educators who would be interested in playing in the basketball game either on #TeamFatherhood or #TeamMaleEducator should contact Curtis Valentine’s office 301-952-6115 to RSVP by Aug. 25.

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