D.C. EDUCATION BRIEFS: Every Day Counts!

Students must sign into Canvas ( at least once every day between 6 a.m. and 11:59 p.m.; otherwise, they will be counted as absent.

School Schedule

The current school term, which began Aug. 31, ends on Nov. 6. The last day of classes leading to the summer break, is Thursday, June 24, 2021.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates

To receive the latest information about DCPS and policies related to COVID-19 for the 2020-21 school year, visit, where information can be found for learning at home according to grade and reviewing health and safety commitments.

Fostering Strong Partnerships

While DCPS is committed to ensuring the well-being of all students, communicating about issues that impact school communities is important to fostering strong partnerships with families, and DCPS will continue to provide updates around coronavirus (COVID-19) on topics including:

– Latest Updates
– School Calendar Changes
– Distance Learning
– Additional Resources for Families
– Letters to Families

Social Studies Standards

The D.C. State Board of Education’s Social Studies Standards Advisory Committee continues its work establishing guiding principles, building a knowledge base on social studies standards, developing a plan for engaging and receiving public feedback on the guiding principles, and eventually drafting a set of guiding principles for approval by the State Board in December 2020.

Extra Instructional Days

While DCPS supported 10 weeks of learning at home this past spring, school officials are prioritizing instruction time to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 on student learning this academic year.

This means that by reducing three professional development days for staff in 2020-21, five instructional days will be added for students to accommodate as much in-person instruction as health conditions allow.

Learning at Home Tips

From using a new computer to becoming familiar with Canvas, DCPS recognizes families may still have questions as students acclimate to the new school year.

Technical assistance is just a click or call away and families can visit for answers to common questions such as how to reset a student’s password and review user guides for DCPS devices.

Additional assistance is available at DCPS’ help desk by calling 202-442-5885 and pressing “1.”

Anacostia ‘Dream Team’

The student experience this year at Anacostia High School in Southeast will transform as the school launches a “Dream Team” of consistent, caring and committed adults poised to support students focused on progressing toward their individual goals.

Outside Support

Part of building relationships with students is supporting them outside of the classroom, as recently demonstrated by Coach Jordan McGowan.

“My former student who is still in HS runs his own barber business right next to campus & I pulled up for a much need cut,” McGowan said in a Sept. 12 tweet.

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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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