Posts in Category: Updates

July update – 40 days left of summer break

From the Chancellor

This message was sent to the DCPS community on July 21, 2021. Esta carta está disponible en español a continuación. Dear DCPS Families, Did you know that this week you can celebrate National Hot Dog Day (July 21) and National Hammock Day (July 22)? And hopefully you got a chance enjoy National Ice Cream Day Read more

Virtual Learning for SY21-22

From the Chancellor

This message was sent to the DCPS community on July 14, 2021. Esta carta está disponible en español a continuación. We hope you are having a safe and enjoyable summer. At DC Public Schools, we are actively planning for the next school year and cannot wait to see all students back in the classroom this Read more

Student Wellness and SY21-22

From the Chancellor

This message was sent to the DCPS community on July 6, 2021. Esta carta está disponible en español a continuación. Dear DCPS Families, We hope you had a fun and safe Fourth of July. As we prepare to return to in-person learning for every student, every day in the fall, we want to make sure Read more

The School Year in Your Words

From the Chancellor

This post is an email sent by Chancellor Ferebee to the DCPS community on June 24, 2021. Esta carta está disponible en español a continuación. Dear DCPS Community,  It’s the last day of school for DC Public Schools. Throughout the past year, you and your family have accomplished so much. Students learned how to use Teams, Canvas, and other new technology tools Read more

DCPS Closed Tomorrow and Happy Juneteenth

From the Chancellor

This post is an email sent by Chancellor Ferebee to the DCPS community on June 17, 2021. Esta carta está disponible en español a continuación. Dear Families, Happy Juneteenth from DC Public Schools! Today, President Biden signed the Juneteenth National Independence Day Act, establishing June 19 as a federal holiday. As such, Mayor Bowser announced Read more

DCPS Celebrates Pride Month

From the Chancellor

This post is an email sent by Chancellor Ferebee to the DCPS community on June 14, 2021. Esta carta está disponible en español a continuación. Dear DCPS Community, June is Pride Month, and DC Public Schools is proud to be an ally to students, school leaders, and staff within the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer-plus (LGBTQ+) community. We are at our Read more

Investing in Students and Listening to Families

From the Chancellor

This post is an email sent by Chancellor Ferebee to the DCPS community on June 11, 2021. Esta carta está disponible en español a continuación. Dear DCPS Community, $1 billion. That is the local investment Mayor Bowser is committing to DC Public Schools for Fiscal Year 2022 to ensure our schools have a strong foundation Read more

Update on Health, Safety, and Virtual Learning for SY 21-22

From the Chancellor

This post is an email sent by Chancellor Ferebee to the DCPS community on June 7, 2021. Esta carta está disponible en español a continuación. Dear DCPS Community,  As we approach the final weeks of the school year, we want to share more about our preparations to fully reopen for every student, every day in Read more

Standing Ovation Awards & Vaccination Clinics for Students 

From the Chancellor

This post is an email sent by Chancellor Ferebee to the DCPS community on May 27, 2021. Esta carta está disponible en español a continuación. Dear DCPS Community,  This week, we celebrated the accomplishments of our educators, school leaders, and staff during the annual Standing Ovation for DC Public Schools presented by the DC Public Education Fund.  During the virtual ceremony Read more

Mental Health Awareness Month

From the Chancellor

This post is an email sent by Chancellor Ferebee to the DCPS community on May 21, 2021. Esta carta está disponible en español a continuación. Dear DCPS Community,  As we honor Mental Health Awareness Month, we encourage you to take a moment to reflect and give yourself grace for what you and others have endured over the past year; you have been courageous, Read more

Our Roadmap to #RecoverStrong – May Update

From the Chancellor

This post is an email sent by Chancellor Ferebee to the DCPS community on May 14, 2021. Esta carta está disponible en español a continuación. Dear DCPS Community,  A month ago, we announced DC Public Schools will fully reopen for the 2021-2022 School Year with in-person learning for every student every day. This is an incredibly critical milestone to ensure our Read more

Survey – Share Your Recovery Priorities

From the Chancellor

This post is an email sent by Chancellor Ferebee to the DCPS community on May 11, 2021. Esta carta está disponible en español a continuación. Dear DCPS Community,  Since March 2020, DC Public Schools has strategically utilized federal stimulus funds to support COVID-19 recovery. These are commonly referred to as Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Read more

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

School calendar update for February 16

Updates

On Tuesday, February 16, all DC Public School students will have a day of virtual learning and in-person programming will not take place that day.

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 Community Corps Spotlight: Garfield Elementary School

Spotlights

Written by Kennard Branch, Principal At Garfield Prep Academy, we were very excited to reopen our school community for Term 3.  To make sure we considered perspectives from a variety of voices, we established and maintained a Reopen Community Corps (RCC) to help guide our decision-making.  We invited students, teachers, parents, grandparents, staff, and community Read more

#ReopenStrong Community Corps Spotlight: Stanton Elementary School

Spotlights

Written by Harold McCray, Principal Who participated in your Reopen Community Corps and what was the planning process like?  In the Reopen Community Corps we had various stakeholders participate and share their ideas and perspectives. This included Early Childhood, Primary and Intermediate teachers. Additionally, we added a Special Education teacher, parents, community member, WTU Rep, Read more

#ReopenStrong Community Corps Spotlight: Roosevelt High School

Spotlights

Written by Justin Ralston, Principal Who participated in your Reopen Community Corps and what was the planning process like? We place value on the representative role that LSAT has at Roosevelt High School. We worked with LSAT to determine that it made the most sense to use LSAT as our Reopen Community Corps because of 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 Partner Spotlight: AlphaBEST Education

Spotlights

AlphaBEST Education is one of DCPS’ community partners supporting CARE Classrooms at elementary schools. AlphaBEST Education is proud to partner with DCPS to offer students a safe and caring place to learn. Students in our AlphaAcademy™/ CARES classrooms are provided with the perfect combination of virtual learning support, enrichment activities, physical fitness, and much needed Read more

#ReopenStrong Partner Spotlight: Champions

Spotlights

Champions is one of DCPS’ community partners supporting CARE Classrooms at elementary schools. John Burroughs Elementary John Burroughs Scholars are super excited to be back in School. Champions have partnered with DCPS in order to ensure students are thriving every day. We have been supporting students with their online learning while we continue to practice Read more

#ReopenStrong Partner Spotlight: The House

Spotlights

The House, Inc. is one of DCPS’ community partners supporting CARE Classrooms at elementary schools. Welcome to The House, Inc., Classroom 314! The reopening of engaging teaching methods, student voice in the classroom, and lessening the impact of loneliness on children was the thought behind The House, Inc., a mutual aid partner of DC Public Schools 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.

#ReopenStrong Equity Spotlight: Bruce-Monroe ES @ Park View (BMPV)

Spotlights

Written by Tamyka S. Morant, Ph.D., Assistant Principal What expectations or policies have you advocated for/set for your students and school to keep equity front and center during virtual learning?   We made the commitment to “equity by design” rather than equity being something we check for or add on after the fact. We were vocal with all our Read more

#ReopenStrong Equity Spotlight: Youth Services Center (YSC)

Spotlights

Written by Ivan Johnson, Special Education Chair  What expectations or policies have you advocated for/set for your students and school to keep equity front and center during virtual learning?   I have a unique role as a Special Education Chair and teacher in Youth Services Center — the only juvenile detention center in D.C. My student rosters fluctuate Read more

#ReopenStrong Equity Spotlight: Langley Elementary School

Spotlights

Written by Nicole Miller, Special Education Resource Teacher  What expectations or policies have you advocated for/set for your students and school to keep equity front and center during virtual learning?   I have changed expectations for virtual learning based on student responses and their individual experiences. If students are not comfortable being on camera during class Read more

#ReopenStrong Equity Spotlight: Columbia Heights Education Campus (CHEC)

Spotlights

Written by Ross Cohen, AP English Language & Composition Teacher What expectations or policies have you advocated for/set for your students and school to keep equity front and center during virtual learning?  Like many other teachers in the district, I’ve worked closely with our school tech expert to ensure my students have access to the Read more

#ReopenStrong Equity Spotlight: Wheatley Education Campus

Spotlights

Written by Busra Aydin, Pre-K Teacher What expectations or policies have you advocated for/set for your students and school to keep equity front and center during virtual learning?   Equity is the distribution of resources based on need. I administered a needs assessment and collected feedback from families to identify their needs. Upon identifying the unique needs of Read more

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.

#ReopenStrong Spotlight: Tyler Elementary School

Spotlights

At Tyler Elementary, our commitment and inspiration to serve our students and families have remained intact even though we are socially distanced.

New Asymptomatic COVID-19 Testing Protocols for Students and Staff

Updates

This post is an email sent by Chancellor Ferebee to the DCPS community on December 2, 2020. Esta carta está disponible en español a continuación. Dear DCPS Community, As part of our commitment to prioritize the health and safety of our students and staff, DC Public Schools (DCPS) is expanding our coronavirus (COVID-19) testing protocols. Read more

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.

#Reopenstrong Spotlight: LaSalle-Backus Education Campus

Spotlights

LaSalle is committed to creating an environment that is safe, warm, and welcoming to all members of the school community. In doing so, the community is embracing the changes and the expectations to keep each other safe.

#ReopenStrong Spotlight: Payne Elementary School

Spotlights

Recess has returned to the grounds at Payne Elementary School. Joyful screams and laughter fill the air. Ashton chases Nicholas, Lauryn slides, and Theo pushes Suraya on the swing. On a warm day in November, coats are strewn across the number three, which was painted on the black top as an indication of where third graders should brighten their spirits.

#ReopenStrong Spotlight: Stanton Elementary

Spotlights

Everything we do this school year has been centered around improving academic scholar achievement and focusing on the social and emotional growth of our students and ourselves.

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.

DCPS Trendency Survey Frequently Asked Questions

Updates

DC Public Schools is partnering with Trendency Research, an independent research firm, to track your experience with learning at home and the school year overall. You can register to join this survey panel at this link. We heard that you may have some additional questions about how this series of short and confidential surveys works Read more

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

DCPS Wants to Hear From You!

Updates

Esta carta está disponible en español a continuación. Dear DCPS Families,  We value your opinion, and your perspective is critical as we continue to navigate this public health emergency together. To ensure we are hearing more from you and engaging directly with families, DC Public Schools is partnering with Trendency Research, an independent research firm, to 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 will #ReopenStrong for Term 2

Updates

After more than 200 days of adapting to new routines in our daily lives and taking seriously the collective effort to defeat this virus, we are happy to share some good news: DC Public Schools plans to reopen elementary schools at the start of Term 2 on November 9.

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.

New Backgrounds for Virtual Meetings

Updates

You can now download photos of famous D.C. landmarks for use during virtual meetings or as your computer background or screensaver.

#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.

Tech Tips for Learning at Home

Updates

From using a new computer to becoming familiar with Canvas, we recognize families have questions as the school year begins. Technical assistance is just a click or call away!  Visit backtoschool.dc.gov to get answers to common questions such as how to reset a student’s password and review user guides for DCPS devices. We will continue Read more

Pre-K Family Update: Learning Packets Available

Updates

Any Pre-K family can receive a free printed learning at home packet for their student. Families should visit one of the 20 elementary school meal sites on September 1, 2, or 3 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. to pick-up this resource.

Prepared to #ReopenStrong for SY20-21

Updates

This Monday, August 31, we will welcome students back to a learning environment where they feel loved, challenged, and prepared.

#DCPSatHome with Microsoft Teams and Surface

Updates

DCPS families have the opportunity to join education experts from Microsoft for an inside look at how to use the Microsoft Surface device and Teams app for learning at home.

#ReopenStrong – Important Updates

From the Chancellor

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

Pre-K at DC Public Schools is all virtual

Updates

Pre-K students will learn at home through both live instruction with teachers and independent enrichment activities.

Technology Tips for Learning at Home

Updates

DCPS is investing nearly $17 million in technology for learning at home this fall and commits to providing a device for any student who needs one.

#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

Family, Student and Staff Survey Highlights

Updates

In May and June, we issued a series of surveys around reopening strong for next school year and heard from approximately 3,400 students, 8,600 families, and 5,200 staff members. Our #ReopenStrong survey results show that the majority of you would like to see: • A hybrid schedule that is consistent and predictable.• School operations that Read more

SY20-21 Enrollment and Immunization Information

Updates

If you have not already done so, please complete enrollment at your DCPS school for SY20-21. An electronic submission process for SY20-21 enrollment is available, and the enrollment packet is available in multiple languages. Find out more about the enrollment process and get started here: https://enrolldcps.dc.gov/. If you need help enrolling or have questions, please Read more