Posts in Category: From the Chancellor

Update on Summer Acceleration Academies

From the Chancellor

This post is an email sent by Chancellor Ferebee to the DCPS community on May 7, 2021. Esta carta está disponible en español a continuación. Dear DCPS Community,  It was an amazing week celebrating our teachers, and you can check out this recap to see how much we love our DCPS teachers! Thanks to the entire DCPS Read more

Celebrating Teacher Appreciation Week

From the Chancellor

This post is an email sent by Chancellor Ferebee to the DCPS community on May 3, 2021. Esta carta está disponible en español a continuación. Dear DCPS Community,  Join me in wishing every DC Public Schools educator a Happy Teacher Appreciation Week! As we kick off this week of celebration, we know that the love Read more

Additional FY22 Funds Available for Schools

From the Chancellor

This post is an email sent by Chancellor Ferebee to the DCPS community on April 29, 2021. Esta carta está disponible en español a continuación. Dear DCPS Community,  As DC Public Schools continues its work to recover from the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, we know that maximizing the use of all available funds is critical for Read more

Cohort Changes for Term 4 and Enrollment Saturday

From the Chancellor

This post is an email sent by Chancellor Ferebee to the DCPS community on April 23, 2021. Esta carta está disponible en español a continuación. Dear DCPS Community,  This week, 12 jurors in Minnesota fulfilled their civic duty and delivered accountability by convicting Derek Chauvin for the murder of George Floyd. We know that one conviction does not equal justice. DC Public Schools is Read more

Important Announcement About Next School Year

From the Chancellor

This post is an email sent by Chancellor Ferebee to the DCPS community on April 8, 2021. Esta carta está disponible en español a continuación. Dear DCPS Community,  We have some exciting news to share today about next school year. DC Public Schools will fully reopen with in-person learning for all students, every day in Read more

DCPS Family Guide to Summer 2021 Learning

From the Chancellor

Follow the link to explore our Family Guide to Summer Learning to find the program or opportunity that best fits the needs of your student.

New Health Guidelines for Term 4

Articles

DC Health released a revised set of COVID-19 guidelines for schools in alignment with updated school operations guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Accordingly, DC Public Schools (DCPS) will adopt some of these changes, and they will go into effect at the start of Term 4 next month.

In solidarity with our AAPI students, families, and staff

From the Chancellor

What does solidarity look like? Taking a stance to remind our community that there is no room for xenophobia, racism, or hate within the DCPS community. As we work to become an actively anti-racist district, we must speak up and speak out against all forms of hate and bias.

#RecoverStrong and Social Emotional Learning

From the Chancellor

For the past year, we have navigated learning in the age of COVID-19 together, and as we turn the page on what’s next, DC Public Schools is centering our recovery work around what’s the most critical: that every student feels loved, challenged, and prepared to positively influence society and thrive in life.

Update on COVID-19 Asymptomatic Testing for Students 

From the Chancellor

This post is an email sent by Chancellor Ferebee to the DCPS community on March 8, 2021. Esta carta está disponible en español a continuación. Dear DCPS Community, In early December, we announced that the DC Public Schools, in partnership DC Health and following Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines, would provide free asymptomatic Read more

#RecoverStrong This Summer 

From the Chancellor

This post is an email sent by Chancellor Ferebee to the DCPS community on March 5, 2021. Esta carta está disponible en español a continuación. Dear DCPS Community, Last month we announced how DC Public Schools plans to target our federal stimulus dollars to fund initiatives that address the academic and social emotional learning impacts Read more

Enhancing Student Learning through Virtual Instruction this Year

From the Chancellor

There are many lessons learned from virtual instruction that we will use to advance student outcomes next school year and beyond.

Emotional Wellness for Students and Families

From the Chancellor

This post is an email sent by Chancellor Ferebee to the DCPS community on February 11, 2021. Esta carta está disponible en español a continuación. Dear DCPS Community,  Last week, we shared some of the excitement students, families, and staff experienced as all schools across DCPS opened for in-person learning. We continue to be inspired by the great work happening in our schools to Read more

DC Public Schools Are Open

From the Chancellor

This week, the familiar sound of laughter, joy, and classroom instruction filled schools as we welcomed students and staff into school buildings for in-person learning programming across all grades.

Important Update from DC Public Schools

From the Chancellor

We know our students are ready, we know our buildings are ready, and we know our staff is ready.

An open letter to our community

From the Chancellor

Together, with educators and families, we made a concentrated effort over the past 10 months to maximize learning opportunities for students both at home and in school. Throughout all of this we had a clear goal in mind: to safely reopen school buildings and welcome students and staff back to the classroom.

Investing in a Safe Reopening of School

From the Chancellor

This post is an email sent by Chancellor Ferebee to the DCPS community on January 22, 2021. Esta carta está disponible en español a continuación. Dear DCPS Community, This school year, under the leadership of Mayor Bowser, DC Public Schools made significant strategic investments to support a safe reopening of our schools and enhance virtual Read more

#ReopenStrong – A Commitment to Health & Safety

From the Chancellor

Your school’s reopening plan is unique and designed to meet the needs of your school community. Families helped determine what Term 3 learning looks like for their students.

Term 3 Update: In-Person Learning Expands to All Grades

From the Chancellor

Term 3 begins on Monday, February 1, and every school will offer a range of in-person learning options and services for students.

A Message to the DCPS Community

From the Chancellor

Dear DCPS Community, I am angry. Like many of you, I watched Wednesday’s senseless attack on the U.S. Capitol in horror and disgust. To see our town where we live and work and raise our children become a battleground for white nationalists and threaten the fabric of our democracy is unacceptable. It is another reminder Read more

Winter Break and Happy Holidays from DCPS

From the Chancellor

This post is an email sent by Chancellor Ferebee to the DCPS community on December 24, 2020. Esta carta está disponible en español a continuación. Dear DCPS Families, Happy holidays from DC Public Schools. We appreciate that you have chosen to be part of the DCPS family. Socially distanced, but still together, DCPS continues to Read more

#ReopenStrong – Spotlights in Equity and Partnership

From the Chancellor

2020 has been a year of constant change and uncertainty. Through it all, our teachers, families, and staff have leaned into our DCPS values — especially that of equity — to ensure quality learning and provide social-emotional support for our students.

Community Collaboration and CARE to #ReopenStrong

From the Chancellor

Today, we are sharing updates on how this collaboration as an entire school community is at work from CARE Classrooms starting at elementary schools, to Reopen Community Corps planning at all schools for Term 3, and how you can participate in the virtual EdFEST event this weekend.

With gratitude from DCPS

From the Chancellor

This year has been unlike any other. Your dedication, resourcefulness, creativity, and joy remain steadfast. Thank you for your service to DC Public Schools; we appreciate all that you do.

A #ReopenStrong Milestone and Communal Path Forward

From the Chancellor

We must continue to take deliberate steps to bring more students back to schools; steps that chart a clear path forward for a safe return to school centered around our communities.

CARE Classroom Update

From the Chancellor

This post is an email sent by Chancellor Ferebee to the DCPS community on November 12, 2020. Esta carta está disponible en español a continuación. Dear DCPS Community, Over the past few months, school operations teams worked diligently to prepare buildings to welcome back students and staff this fall. Plans were developed, staff were trained, Read more

Changes to School Reopening Plans

From the Chancellor

This post is an email sent by Chancellor Ferebee to the DCPS community on November 2, 2020. Esta carta está disponible en español a continuación. Dear DCPS Community, DC Public Schools has a responsibility to provide every student with an equitable, rigorous, and joyful education — no matter if they are learning at home or Read more

#ReopenStrong: The School Day in Term 2

From the Chancellor

This post is an email sent by Chancellor Ferebee to the DCPS community on October 22, 2020. Esta carta está disponible en español a continuación. Dear DCPS Community, Since the onset of the COVID-19 public health emergency, DC Public Schools has remained grounded in the firm belief that to best serve students furthest from opportunity, Read more

A Commitment to Equity

From the Chancellor

One of DCPS’ core values is Equity; specifically, working proactively to eliminate opportunity gaps and investing in effective strategies to ensure every student succeeds.

Starting a Healthy #ReopenStrong Routine

From the Chancellor

This post is an email sent by Chancellor Ferebee to the DCPS community on October 14, 2020. Esta carta está disponible en español a continuación. Dear DCPS Community, Last week, we announced that when Term 2 begins next month, DC Public Schools (DCPS) elementary students in grades Pre-K to 5 will have the opportunity to return to Read more

DCPS Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month

From the Chancellor

Happy Hispanic Heritage Month! Our DCPS legacy is comprised of the contributions and accomplishments of our diverse community of families, educators, and staff.

#ReopenStrong: Redesign in a Virtual Setting

From the Chancellor

Across the district, students, families, and educators are adjusting to learning at home.

#ReopenStrong: Welcome Back to Learning

From the Chancellor

The start to every school year presents new opportunities and challenges, and we are grateful to our entire school community for your patience as we adjust to all-virtual instruction this fall.

#ReopenStrong – Important Updates

From the Chancellor

Below are important updates for families for SY20-21 on topics like grading and attendance.

#ReopenStrong – RSVP for Parent University

From the Chancellor

This post is an email sent by Chancellor Ferebee to the DCPS community on August 6, 2020. Esta carta está disponible en español a continuación. Dear DCPS Families, As a new school year approaches, families often have many questions, and we know this year is no exception. As DC Public Schools (DCPS) prepares to start Read more

DCPS to #ReopenStrong Virtually this Fall

From the Chancellor

This post is an email sent by Chancellor Ferebee to the DCPS community on July 30, 2020. Esta carta está disponible en español a continuación. Dear DCPS Community, Throughout the coronavirus (COVID-19) public health emergency, DC Public Schools (DCPS) has remained committed to the health and safety of our entire school community. Today, with consideration Read more