In the event of a community or national emergency, an evacuation, or a shelter-in-place order, parents should check the local media and local school system cable stations, hot lines, and the Prince George's County Public Schools' website, for announcements about changes in school openings and closings.
News about changes in school schedules is routinely disseminated through most metropolitan radio and television stations.
Generally, unless evacuation of a particular school is ordered, students will be kept at school until school officials can safely transport them home. Because the best place for children during a regional crisis may well be in school, parents are discouraged from going to school to pick up their children. If a parent does go to school, he or she should be prepared to present the identification required by the school system—usually a photo ID.
Note that if a school is ordered to shelter-in-place to protect the safety of the children, no one will be allowed in or out of the school building until the danger has passed. In that event, parents, for their own safety, should also remain indoors. Relying on the schools to transport students home on normal bus routes will help avoid grid-lock in and around schools and help keep roads clear for essential emergency vehicles.
Every effort will be made by the Prince George's County Public Schools to notify parents and guardians of emergencies; however, it may not always be possible to do so. Those with Internet access may wish to subscribe to a free, automatic emergency Internet notification system. Prince George County Public Schools urges all parents to complete an emergency information form that asks for the names of four individuals who would be allowed to pick up their children from school in the event of an emergency.