Prince George’s Announces School Schedules, Plan For Fall Classes

PRINCE GEORGE’S COUNTY, MD — Two weeks after committing to online classes until at least 2021, Prince George’s County Public Schools announced its distance learning plan Monday afternoon. The proposal includes live instruction, independent practice and Chromebooks for every student.

“I understand that there is no perfect solution,” school system CEO Monica Goldson said in letter attached to the plan. “Our next steps will be guided by our goal of protecting and enriching the entire PGCPS community.”

Students’ class schedules will be available on SchoolMax, the system’s e-learning platform, on Aug. 21. These virtual schedules will flow much like a typical school day.

Each day will start at 8 a.m. and have four periods. Elementary school students will have live lessons in all four classes. Middle and high school students will get a mixture of live and prerecorded instruction. Whether lessons are real-time or taped, teachers will take attendance

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Florida teachers union sues state over plans to reopen schools for fall during coronavirus pandemic

Florida’s largest teachers union sued Gov. Ron DeSantis on Monday over his administration’s plan to reopen schools for the fall semester next month even as coronavirus cases continue to spike.

The Florida Education Association’s lawsuit argues that the state’s order for brick-and-mortar schools to open five days a week for in-person teaching violates the constitutional mandate to provide a “safe, secure” environment

“Gov. DeSantis needs a reality check, and we are attempting to provide one,” Florida Education Association President Fedrick Ingram said in a statement.

“The governor needs to accept the reality of the situation here in Florida, where the virus is surging out of control.”

The lawsuit, which names DeSantis, state Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran, the state Education Department and the State Board of Education, argues that the reopening of schools will not allow officials to “safeguard the health and welfare of Florida public school students, educators, staff, parents,

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