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D.C. EDUCATION BRIEFS: Academic Year Ends May 29

The 2019-20 academic year for public school students in D.C. ends May 29 — three weeks ahead of schedule — which means no classes will be held after that time, according to Mayor Muriel Bowser, who has also extended remote learning for more than 50,000 students in the DCPS system.

Bowser added that charter schools, which educate nearly half of publicly enrolled students in the District, are expected to end classes about the same time.

“Our top priority, of course, in making all school decisions is protecting the health and well-being of our students, our families and educators,” Bowser said during a recent news conference.

Parental Contact

Parents who have not made contact with your child’s school or teacher since March 16 are urged to reach out as soon as possible.

Stay Home

Mayor Muriel Bowser reminds the entire community that staying home is saving lives. Additionally, any D.C. resident who is experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 should reach out to a health care provider or call the United Medical Center testing hotline at 1-855-363-0333.

Distance Learning

DCPS has prepared printed packets of learning materials for every grade level from pre-kindergarten through 8th grade and each graduation requirement course for 9-12th grade.

These activities will continue classroom learning at home and engage students during a period of school closure.

These instructional materials were designed to meet the needs of all students including English learners and students with special needs. DCPS families can pick up hard copies of distance learning printed materials at their school on designated days when notified by DCPS via social media and email. Instructional materials are also available at bit.ly/DCPS_ICP.

Free Groceries

From 12:30 p.m.-2 p.m. Monday through Friday, students and families can receive free groceries at select meal site locations across the District. Learn more at http://bit.ly/DCGrocerySites

Managing Stress

In search of tips and strategies to help your child manage stress during this time of learning at home? Join parents and experts for the next virtual Parent University this Wednesday from 2:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m. RSVP at http://dcpsparentu2020.eventbrite.com.

Aired Lessons Schedules

K-2 lessons air weekdays from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the DKN channel or live at http://bit.ly/DKNLive.

Comcast (channel 99)
RCN (channel 18)
Verizon (channel 12)
Lessons for grades 3-5 will air weekdays from 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on @YourDCTV
Comcast (channel 95)
Comcast HD (channel 1070)
RCN/Verizon (channel 10)
Lessons for grades 6-12 will air weekdays from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on @YourDCTV
Comcast (channel 96)
RCN/ Verizon (channel 11)

Lottery Deadline

Families who participated in the My School DC lottery now have until May 27 to enroll students at their matched school. For more information, go to enrolldcps.dc.gov.

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