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Chancellor Lewis Ferebee recently tweeted: “We’re so glad to work with @dcpublicschools to get our poet-athletes back on the field safely so they can have fun with their teams!”❤️

Rescue Plan

The U.S. Department of Education has released the template for the “American Rescue Plan Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund” to assist schools in safely reopening and running operations, and to provide necessary supports to schools and students affected by the pandemic.

While the application provides an opportunity to gain feedback from the public to ensure community needs are reflected and met by the state spending plan, OSSE will provide information about how the “D.C. State Plan Application” can be crafted to build equitable and sustainable supports to enable District students to go back to their classrooms safely.

Summer Learning

Every summer, DCPS provides extended summer learning opportunities such as literacy enrichment for elementary students and credit recovery for secondary students.

This summer, DCPS will expand offerings to include learning supports for every grade, including Pre-K, with a variety of in-person and virtual learning opportunities for up to 7,000 students.

Most programs will start on July 6 and run through Aug. 6.

Vaccination Clinics

DCPS has opened its COVID-19 vaccination clinics and urges families and individuals to public schools to get vaccinated in partnership with DC Health and Safeway Pharmacies.

Any District resident who is 12 years or older can visit select DCPS locations and receive their COVID-19 vaccine. In partnership with DC Health and Safeway Pharmacies, walk-in vaccination clinics will open at Anacostia High School, Eastern High School, Luke C. Moore High School, and Ida B. Wells Middle School. However, schools will be open Monday-Saturday and hours vary by location.

“The science is clear: vaccines are the single most effective tool we have to stop the spread of the coronavirus,” Chancellor Lewis Ferebee said in a statement. “To help meet our commitment to fully reopen schools for every student, every day in the fall, it is our responsibility as a community to get vaccinated, including our middle school and high school students.”

Meanwhile, Vaccine information for adolescents and adults is available at coronavirus.dc.gov/page/get-vaccinated.

Reopening Fall

DCPS will fully reopen this fall for the 2021-22 academic year, with in-person learning for all students.

The first day of school for students is Aug. 30 and enrollment is now open at http://enrolldcps.dc.gov.

Recovery Funds

DCPS is asking families, teachers, staff, and community members to help prioritize how our federal recovery funds should be used.

To that end, the school system welcomes all feedback by completing a brief survey TODAY! http://bit.ly/dcps-recovery-survey.

2021 Ovation Honorees

This year’s “Standing Ovation” award honors classroom teachers who have adapted to a virtual learning space while having engaged students in an inspiring, creative, and compelling way, both academically as well as socially/emotionally.

The prestigious award also honors central office employees who have made a significant impact on DCPS’ ability to swiftly transition to distance learning.

Dorothy Rowley – Washington Informer Staff Writer

I knew I had to become a writer when at age nine I scribbled a note to my younger brother’s teacher saying I thought she was being too hard on him in class. Well, the teacher immediately contacted my mother, and with tears in her eyes, profusely apologized. Of course, my embarrassed mother dealt with me – but that didn’t stop me from pursuing my passion for words and writing. Nowadays, as a “semi-retiree,” I continue to work for the Washington Informer as a staff writer. Aside from that, I keep busy creating quirky videos for YouTube, participating in an actor’s guild and being part of my church’s praise dance team and adult choir. I’m a regular fixture at the gym, and I like to take long road trips that have included fun-filled treks to Miami, Florida and Jackson, Mississippi. I’m poised to take to the road again in early 2017, headed for New Orleans, Louisiana. This proud grandmother of two – who absolutely adores interior decorating – did her undergraduate studies at Virginia Union University and graduate work at Virginia State University.

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