Students at Hendley Elementary School in southeast D.C. are starting their swimming and water safety lessons. (DCPS photo)
Students at Hendley Elementary School in southeast D.C. are starting their swimming and water safety lessons. (DCPS photo)

• With 64% of African American children unable to swim, DCPS is changing that narrative at Hendley Elementary School in Southeast, where third-, fourth- and fifth-graders are starting their swimming and water safety lessons.

• The 2021 “Panorama Student Survey” and “Panorama Family Survey” are open through March 19. Take the family survey at and encourage your child to take the student survey at

• Join the “Male Educators of Color Collaborative” on March 30 for “Racism & Misogyny: Let’s Talk About It Community Discussion.” DCPS educators are invited to have an honest conversation about addressing misogyny & sexism. Contact the DCPS Equity team to learn more.

• Many DCPS facilities have virtual “Open House” events scheduled for families to get to know their SY 21-22 school community. Visit for dates and times or contact your school for details.

Pandemic EBT

Students who have not been receiving free or reduced-price meals at school because the school is closed or has been operating with reduced attendance or hours for at least five consecutive days is eligible to receive P-EBT benefits.

P-EBT benefits were $5.70 per school day per child in the 2019-20 school year and increased to $6.82 per school day per child for 2020-21. The District issued P-EBT benefits to 59,000 children for a total of $7.8M for August and September for the 2020-21 school year.

Beginning this month, the District will issue P-EBT benefits retroactively for students eligible during the 2019-2020 school year and/or August and September of the current school year but have not been paid yet.

My School Lottery

The results of the My School DC Lottery will be released Friday, April 2.

No School for Students

Term 3 Ends Monday, April 12, with no school for students and a half-day and records day for staff.

DC Public Schools Parent University

DCPS Parent University is a workshop series facilitated by the Office of Communications and Engagement.

The workshops are an opportunity for families to share strategies and learn from each other and DCPS Central Office teams. RSVP to upcoming workshops for participation. For questions, email

Operation Hope

Operation Hope Inc.’s “Banking on Our Future Program” provides financial literacy education focus primarily on urban, underserved communities and the program’s four modules: (1) The Basics of Banking, (2) Checking and Savings Accounts, (3) The Power of Credit, and (4) Basic Investments.

The curriculum breaks down knowledge of banking and credit into terms that youth can understand.

Register now at to participate in this virtual event that will be presented at 5:30 p.m., April 8.

Download the Microsoft Teams App and Zoom App on your phone or tablet to participate.

For questions or interpretation assistance, contact

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