Letter: PGCPS responds to Thomas Stone first-day fiasco – PGCPS Parents are still in shock!

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Rocio Treminio-Lopez/Town of Brentwood
This photo, taken by Brentwood Mayor and Thomas Stone Elementary parent Rocio Treminio-Lopez, shows crowds outside the school on the first day of class. Confusion over a visitor ID policy on the first day angered many parents.

Editor’s note: This letter below is in response to our blog post. Reform Sasscer was the first to highlight the PGCPS havoc on September 4th, and an opinion article by Thomas Stone Elementary parent Sarah Christopherson posted on September 6th, alleging mismanagement and confusion of the school’s first-day of class activities clarified the issues even further. We republish as part of reasonable claim of fair use since the story is already out there to educate and enlighten our customers especially in PGCPS District. 

Prince George’s County Public Schools is aware of the experiences that Ms. Christopherson and other Thomas S. Stone Elementary parents had on the first day of school. The principal apologized to parents in a robocall Tuesday evening for not allowing them to enter the building with their child.

Our Administrative Procedure requires school visitors to present government-issued identification with their name, date of birth and photo. However, there is an exception for large groups, such as visitors attending assemblies, performances or parents who wish to accompany their child to class on the first day of school.

We are working closely with the school’s leadership team to maintain a welcoming and positive environment for all families in the Thomas Stone school community.

Thank you for the opportunity to respond.

Best regards,

Raven Hill, Communications Officer, Prince George’s County Public Schools

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