CARE Classroom Family Guide
We are excited that your child is participating in a CARE classroom at our school! In the CARE class, your child will:
- Participate in live, virtual instruction with their teacher.
- Complete independent work assigned by their teacher.
- Participate in enrichment activities (e.g. movement breaks, games).
- Eat breakfast and lunch.
- Play outside (weather permitting) for recess.
Arrival & Dismissal
Your school will provide student arrival and dismissal time information. Please note that Wednesdays are a half-day.
Please ensure you complete the first two steps of the Ask Ask Look protocol at home. Upon arrival, students will use hand sanitizer, receive a mask (if not already wearing one), and complete the “look” step of the screening (including temperature check).
As a reminder, there is no afterschool care. Please be sure to pick up your child on time.
What to Bring
Please have your child bring their DCPS-issued technology (Surface Go, laptop, or iPad) with them on the first day of CARE. This device will stay at school.
PK and K students should bring a full change of clothes to keep at school.
PK students should bring a small sheet, blanket, or pillow to be used during naptime. This will be returned home each week for laundering.
(optional) A zip-lock bag with small items that will be comforting and reassuring for the child. This can include a small stuffed animal, a family picture, or a small toy (“fidget”) that is meaningful for the child. The child’s name should be on the bag, and the items in the bag will only be used by the child during times when they need comfort or reassurance, especially in the “calming corner.”
Important Documents for Student Participation in CARE Classroom Programming
Families should review and complete the following documents provided to you by your school for students in CARE Classroom programming. These items are also available to download online at dcpsreopenstrong.com/schedule/care.
Parent / Guardian Signature Required
Select links to view and download documents.
1. Family-School Agreement | Español | 中文 | አማርኛ
This agreement shares DCPS’s and your commitment to take steps for minimizing exposure to COVID-19 and prioritizes the safety of students and staff in each CARE classrooms. Please review in full, sign, and return to your school by or before the 1st day your child attends a CARE classroom.
2. Daily Screening Tracker | Español | Français | 中文 | Tiếng Việt | አማርኛ
To minimize the risk of exposure to COVID-19 in CARE classrooms, parents are expected to do a daily student health screening called Ask Ask Look. Please ensure you complete the first two steps of the Ask Ask Look protocol at home. Upon arrival, students will use hand sanitizer, receive a mask (if not already wearing one), and complete the “look” step of the screening (including temperature check). You are expected to sign a screening tracker each day that notes these steps were taken each day your child attends a CARE classroom. Please share the signed tracker each day when you arrive.
3. School COVID-19 Testing Consent Forms
RAPID TESTING | Español | Français | 中文 | Tiếng Việt | አማርኛ
ASYMPTOMATIC TESTING | Español | Français | 中文 | Tiếng Việt | አማርኛ
Testing will be provided to students that have a completed consent form and display symptoms. If this consent is not provided by the family, a COVID-19 test will not be administered even if showing symptoms and will be asked to see a doctor before returning to your child’s CARE classroom.
For Parent / Guardian to Review
Select links to view and download documents.
1. Student Behavior Information | Español | 中文 | አማርኛ
Information on behavior expectations for all students in in person learning at school in a CARE classroom. Includes example consequences for students who do not adhere to behavior expectations.
2. Elementary CARE Classroom Attendance FAQ | Español | Français | 中文 | Tiếng Việt | አማርኛ
Understand how attendance will be taken as you move from learning at home to a CARE classroom.
3. DCPS COVID-19 Testing Explainer | Español | Français | 中文 | Tiếng Việt | አማርኛ
DCPS follows DC Health Student Testing Guidance that outlines two testing options for students in schools.
4. Travel Reminders for Families and Staff | Español | Amharic (አማርኛ) | French (Français) | Vietnamese (Tiếng Việt) | Korean (한국어) | Chinese (中文)
To help limit the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) and to protect the health and safety of all children and staff of schools and child development facilities, travel outside of the District, Maryland or Virginia remains discouraged at this time.