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Prince George’s clears 18 schools to reopen

Prince George’s County school officials announced Thursday afternoon that 18 schools shut for safety inspections after this week’s earthquake have been cleared to reopen.

Inspection results were still pending for another 14 schools.

The 5.8-magnitude earthquake, which struck Tuesday afternoon, has disrupted the first week of classes in Maryland’s second-largest school system. More than 20,000 students from around the county missed a second full day of school Thursday.

Here is the announcement from the 127,000-student school system:

Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS) announced that 18 of the 32 schools closed today will reopen on time on Friday, August 26. The remaining 14 are awaiting final inspection; an update will be provided by 5 p.m. on Thursday.

“The safety of our students, teachers and staff is our number one priority,” said Dr. William R. Hite, Jr., Superintendent of Schools.“We are working as quickly as possible to get the necessary building inspections completed so that school can resume for all students.” 

The following 18 schools will reopen on time on Friday, August 26: 

• Andrew Jackson Academy

• Apple Grove ES

• Barack Obama ES

• Berwyn Heights ES

• Carole Highlands ES 

• Dr. Henry A. Wise, Jr. HS

• Ernest Everett Just MS

• Gaywood ES

• Greenbelt ES

• Hyattsville ES

• Margaret Brent School

• Avalon at Middleton Valley ES

• Northwestern HS

• Oakcrest ES

• Overlook ES

• Rogers Heights ES

• William Paca ES

• William Wirt MS 

• Yorktown ES  

The following 14 schools are awaiting final inspection: 

• Beltsville Academy

• Bradbury Heights ES

• Charles Herbert Flowers HS

• Forestville Military Academy

• John H. Bayne ES

• Langley Park-McCormick ES

• Oxon Hill ES

• Port Towns ES

• Potomac HS

• Robert R. Gray ES

• Suitland ES

• Surrattsville HS

• Thomas Pullen Performing Arts



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