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D.C. EDUCATION BRIEFS: Coronavirus Updates

D.C. Public Schools will remain closed and students will participate in distance learning through the end of the school year on May 29. School officials will continue to provide updates regarding the coronavirus pandemic on topics, including:

– Latest updates.
– School calendar changes.
– Meal sites.
– Distance learning.
– Additional resources for families.
– Letters to families.

DCPS Distance Learning

DCPS has prepared printed packets of learning materials for pre-K through 8th grade and of each graduation requirement course for high schoolers.

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.

Families can pick up hard copies of printed materials at their school on designated days when notified by DCPS via social media and email.

Meanwhile, printed materials to support learning from home will be available at schools for pickup Tuesday and Wednesday from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. These materials will cover the next two weeks of learning.

TMA Distance Learning


The Warriors at Thurgood Marshall Academy are engaging in virtual activities during Week 7 of distance learning. Here are a few of their favorites:

– Students in Pathways2Power participated in a focus group with the Deputy Mayor for Education’s office, sharing their tips and strategies for keeping students engaged in distance learning.

– AP U.S. History students competed in the annual citywide History Day contest — online this year — and several qualified for the national competition next month!

-10th graders Zoomed with Howard University law students in a virtual Howard University Law Academy discussion, earning valuable community service hours in the process.

Charter School Lottery Results

The results for the 2020-21 lottery and waitlist are in, showing that more families seek a seat at a Tier 1 PK-12 public charter school.

According to DC Public Charter School Board’s staff analysis, roughly 70 percent of applicants on waitlists are waiting for a seat at a Tier 1 public charter school.

This is the first year Latin American Montessori Bilingual PCS, a Tier 1 school, participated in the My School DC lottery.

The school had a total of 1,630 waitlisted students, the longest such list of any public charter school program.

As of early April, 638 of these students were on the waitlist for PK3 across the campus’ two locations.

In This Together

After pre-kindergarten teacher Ms. Seabrooks saw a New York City charter schools video on Facebook, she had to share it with her DC Scholars Public Charter School family — and create one of her own.

She pulled together fellow DC Scholars educators to create an encouraging and motivational note using the school’s values to remind families that everyone’s in this together.

The message reads, “DC Scholars, you’re amazing. Thanks for showing your Passion and Persistence, Humility and Growth, High Bar, Trust and Hope. Stay on the P.A.T.H. We miss you.”

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