Parent Resources

IMPORTANT NUMBERS

Melwood Main Office: (301) 599-2500

Questions about the school buses should be addressed to the following:

Douglas Bus Lot: (301) 952-7712

Bus Lot Supervisor: Everett Edmond - everett.edmond@pgcps.org

NEWS RELEASE

Contact: Jamie Caswell FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Pepco, Communications

202-872-2680 (media hotline)

Pepco Urges Customers to Act Now to Establish Payment Arrangements,

Secure Energy Assistance

Company can do more for customers when they call to discuss their account balances

WASHINGTON, D.C. (September 1, 2020) – Pepco is urging customers who may have been financially impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic to contact the company now to establish payment arrangements and get connected to customer assistance programs that can help get their accounts up to date. Pepco recognizes the financial challenges some customers are facing as a result of the pandemic and will continue its practice of working with each customer individually to help with the continuation of their electric service. Service disconnections, which were suspended in March, are always a last resort and many times, can be avoided if customers contact us to establish payment arrangement and to discuss additional options. While the company is not currently disconnecting service, it is essential that customers contact us now to take the steps necessary to manage their energy bill.

Pepco has expanded billing and payment options to include eliminating down payment/security deposit requirements, extending payment periods for balances and connecting more customers with energy assistance funds. During this time, Pepco has also been reaching out continually to customers who have fallen behind on their payments, as well as customers who may be eligible for energy assistance, through phone calls, letters, emails, social media, and targeted advertising.

The most important step that residential customers who are past due on their Pepco Power bill can take is to contact the company at 202-833-7500 or pepco.com/help as soon as possible. Customers should never wait until they are in crisis to contact us. Customers must contact us now!

Pepco Customer Care will work with customers who may have difficulty paying their energy bill. The company offers payment options, like Budget Billing, which averages payments over a 12-month period to help customers manage their monthly energy bill, or flexible payment arrangements that offer individually tailored payment installment plans. Contact Pepco at 202-833-7500 to review payment options.

Energy assistance also is available for limited-income customers. In Maryland, Pepco customers can apply for energy assistance through the Maryland Department of Human Services by calling the Office of Home Energy Programs at 800-332-6347. Pepco customers can apply for energy assistance online through the Department of Energy and the Environment. Assistance also is available through The Greater Washington Urban League. Customers who have the ability to do

so, can provide support for those in need by contributing to the Good Neighbor Energy Fund or through the Gift of Energy program. Learn how at pepco.com/help.

As part of our comprehensive response to the pandemic, Pepco has made the following contributions of shareholder dollars to support our customers through this crisis:

• $825,000 in support to the region, including directly to the United Way of the National Capital Area and a relief fund established by the Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington.

• Pepco also donated $200,000 in grants to local community colleges to support students with gap funding attending Prince George’s and Montgomery County community colleges and the University of the District of Columbia.

• Our employees raised an additional $87,000 through an effort launched by its Employee Resource Groups and supported through a company and executive match support. These funds provided additional support to organizations across our footprint.

Avoid Potential Scams Threatening Disconnection:

All customers should be wary of potential scams threatening disconnection. It is not uncommon for scammers to call, text, or email utility customers asking for immediate payment to avoid service disconnection. As a reminder:

• Utility representatives will never ask or require a customer with a past due balance to purchase a prepaid debit card to avoid disconnection.

• Customers can make payments to Pepco online, by phone, automatic bank withdrawal, or mail.

• Customers with a past due balance will receive multiple shut off notifications – never a single notification one hour before disconnection.

• If a customer ever questions the legitimacy of the call, hang up and call Pepco at 202-833-7500.

• Pepco already has your account information and past bills. Do not give this information out.

Any customer who believes he or she has been a target of a scam is urged to contact their local police and call Pepco immediately at 202-833-7500 to report the situation.

Readers are encouraged to visit visit The Source, Pepco’s online newsroom. For more information about Pepco, visit pepco.com. Follow us on Facebook at facebook.com/pepcoconnect and on Twitter at twitter.com/pepcoconnect. Our mobile app is available at pepco.com/mobileapp.

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Pepco is a unit of Exelon Corporation (Nasdaq: EXC), the nation’s leading energy provider, with approximately 10 million customers. Pepco provides safe and reliable energy service to approximately 894,000 customers in the District of Columbia and Maryland.









Invitation to Comment: Draft Recovery Plan for Education

Maryland PTA is a stakeholder reviewing and providing feedback on the Maryland State Department of Education’s (MSDE) plan to reopen public schools post-COVID-19. MSDE welcomes public comments on the Maryland Together: Maryland's Recovery Plan for Education. http://marylandpublicschools.org/newsroom/Documents/MSDERecoveryPlan.pdf

Parents are encouraged to review the draft plan and email comments to educationplan.msde@maryland.gov. Please provide a courtesy copy to info@mdpta.org so that Maryland PTA can ensure your comments receive the appropriate review.


Two critical bills for the future of our state were introduced in our state capital. Our elected leaders are deciding whether our kids will have the future they deserve. The legislation (HB1300/SB1000) provides a once-in-a-generation opportunity to improve our schools and make them stronger for our families, our teachers, our workers, and our communities.


With the #blueprint4MD, we will make important changes to our public schools. We’re going to add career and technical education to create career paths for all students; we’ll pay teachers what they deserve; and, we’ll give all communities the resources they need to succeed.


Click the link below, or go to ActionNowMD to let our lawmakers know that Strong Schools Work for all of us! #blueprint4MD


Let's ensure legislators know we want strong schools for Maryland children, because OUR KIDS CAN'T WAIT.


Click the link below to log in and send your message:

https://www.votervoice.net/BroadcastLinks/Q2l0fnqKXQM0RjqHGcsWbw



2020 CENSUS

Teachers Appreciation Week

To the Practitioners, on behalf of the Melwood parents and scholars, we appreciate you for all that you do! Have a great week!


Covid-19 Update

Greetings Melwood Families,


As we go through this difficult time, your PTA will continue to forward information /resources that maybe helpful to you and your family members.

If you are in need of food resources or know someone in need of food resources, please visit the Capitol Area Food Bank Website to find a food pantry or distribution site nearby.

You will find addition information and resources in the Community Connections Newsletter from County Executive Alsobooks

Let's continue to support each other and Stay Safe!



State Education Funding Bill meeting March 10, 2020

#ANCCOMMUNITYCONNECT Advisory Neighborhood Community (ANC) News You Can Use from Council Member At-Large Mel Franklin

FOR DAILY NEWS UPDATES, JOIN THE ANC FACEBOOK GROUP HERE: https://www.facebook.com/groups/advisoryneighborhoodcommunityinitiative/

Amendments Being Made to the Historic Kirwan Commission State Education Funding Bill

From the publication Maryland Matters: An education reform bill is on a fast-track to passage in the House of Delegates after key subcommittees voted Tuesday in favor of an amended bill ― which slashes county spending obligations.

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Their most significant change is an adjustment to proposed education funding formulas that would dramatically reduce the local funding obligations for Baltimore City and Prince George’s County, two jurisdictions that would have been hardest hit by modifications to Maryland’s education funding formula proposed by the Kirwan Commission on Innovation and Excellence in Education. Fifteen other counties also would see a reduction in their obligations as a result of the formula changes. Overall, county education spending in the 2030 fiscal year would increase over current levels by about $859.5 million, compared to an earlier calculation of $1.3 billion.

State funding for education would increase by about $2.96 billion annually by 2030 under the amended formula. That represents a $369 million annual increase over previous estimates.

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Full story: https://www.marylandmatters.org/2020/03/04/with-funding-amendments-education-reform-on-fast-track-in-house/

**Join us next week for a full discussion on this important issue**

The Proposed State Blueprint for Maryland’s Future: The Historic New State Education Funding Proposal and What It Means to You – March 10th ANC Meeting

Event details: Right now, pending before your General Assembly in Annapolis, is the proposed “Blueprint for Maryland’s Future,” a nearly $4 billion proposal for increased annual education funding for public schools statewide, proposed by the Kirwan Commission on Innovation and Excellence in Education (House Bill 1300/Senate Bill 1000). Join us for a discussion on March 10th at the Southern Gateway ANC Meeting at Oxon Hill Library and let’s discuss how this proposal might affect you. Will it lead to higher achievement in our schools? Could it result in higher taxes for your family?

Please RSVP here: https://forms.gle/JB6pHuKDWveZKnJr8

What: Southern Gateway Advisory Neighborhood Community (ANC) Meeting “The Biggest School Funding Issue of Our Lifetimes”

When: Tuesday, March 10, 7PM-8:30PM

Where: Oxon Hill Library Auditorium, 6200 Oxon Hill Rd, Oxon Hill, MD 20745

The Kirwan Blueprint for Maryland’s Future proposes to invest nearly $4 billion annually in expanding prekindergarten, higher standard and salaries for teachers, enhanced career-prep and college readiness programs, and more programs and resources for low income students and students with high or specialized needs. Here is a recent poll of Marylanders on this subject: https://www.baltimoresun.com/politics/bs-md-pol-goucher-poll-20200224-7lzzb2yuwvgxth3pgp22hq4euu-story.html

RSVP here: https://forms.gle/JB6pHuKDWveZKnJr8

The Southern Gateway ANC Area includes the Suitland, Greater Temple Hills, and Greater Oxon Hill-Forest Heights (incl. National Harbor) Areas, but the topic of this meeting is countywide in nature. Join us!

-Mel Franklin, Council Member At-Large

Public source: Office of Council Member At-Large Mel Franklin

Community Connections Newsletter