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D.C. EDUCATION BRIEFS: Coronavirus Updates

To receive the latest information about DCPS and policies related to COVID-19 for the 2020-21 academic term, go to DCPSReopenStrong.com to read a family FAQ, explore learning at home schedules by grade, and review health and safety commitments.

Meanwhile, DCPS remains committed to ensuring the well-being of its students by communicating about issues that impact school communities.

The school system will also continue to provide updates on coronavirus-related topics, including:

• Latest Updates
• School Calendar Changes
• Meal Sites
• Distance Learning
• Letters to Families

Go to coronavirus.dc.gov for more information from DC Health or for additional questions email CEO.info@k12.dc.gov or call (202) 442-5885.

EdFEST Goes Virtual

EdFEST, D.C.’s annual school fair, goes virtual this year from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday.

The event will enable students and families to explore the city’s public and public charter school options (pre-K 3 – Grade 12), chat directly with school representatives, and learn about the school lottery.

For more information, call the My School DC Hotline at 202-888-6336, Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Graduation Rates, 2020 Report Card

DCPS saw a 3% increase in graduation rate for the 2019-20 school year, according to Office of the State Superintendent of Education data, which also showed that 70.9% of students  in District of Columbia high schools graduated in four years compared to 68.2% in the prior school year.

Mayor Muriel Bowser’s administration also announced the release of the 2020 DC School Report Card, which includes the graduation rate as well as several other updated measures.

“Particularly given the unanticipated challenges presented by COVID-19, I am encouraged to see an increase in our graduation rate,” Bowser said in a statement. “This demonstrates the resilience of the District’s students and teachers, as well as the families and community partners who are committed to ensuring our young people have a fair shot and the resources necessary to succeed in college and career.”

The DC School Report Card can be accessed at DCSchoolReportCard.org.

New East of River Charter School

Global Citizens Public Charter School, which will open in the 2021-22 school year, will be only the 3rd dual language program east of the Anacostia River.

The school — founded by Natalie Smith, who most recently led Sela Public Charter School — will be located in Ward 7 and start with 100 students in Pre-K 3 and 4 and teach in English, Spanish and Mandarin.

New Testing Protocols

Mayor Muriel Bowser recently announced new asymptomatic COVID-19 testing protocols for students and staff participating in DCPS’s in-person programming.

The pilot has launched, and tests are at no cost to students or staff.

DCPS staff and partner staff supporting CARE classrooms in person will receive a self-administered testing kit in the mail once a week.

Staff will not be required to complete the weekly test but are encouraged to utilize the convenience offered by this at-home method.

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