UPPER MARLBORO, Md. (WJLA) - Students, teachers and faculty at schools across Prince George's County headed back to school Tuesday for the first day of classes.
In addition to the hundreds of new incoming students, there are also plenty of new faces among the staff. The school system announced in early August that it would welcome a total of 800 new teachers for the 2014-15 school year.
The majority of those teachers were hired because of attrition, with staff retiring or seeking better-paying jobs. The school district has also recruited more male teachers in the last couple of years, according to the Washington Post.
All of the new teachers completed rigorous training over the summer, including instruction in common core standards and more, Prince George's County Public Schools CEO Kevin Maxwell tells ABC 7 News.
Maxwell said among the other changes to the school district are plans to organize a new parent resource office and suicide prevention trainings. The trainings and new office are in response to a 2013 Maryland Youth Risk Behavior Survey Report that said 17 percent of students in Prince George's County reported that they seriously considered attempting suicide.
Additionally, sixth, seventh, and ninth-graders will have a full-day orientation in order to help them prepare for the transition to middle and high school.