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D.C. EDUCATION BRIEFS: Mayor’s Message

Stay home!

Residents should only be leaving home to buy groceries or other essential items, to pick up medicine, advised to seek medical attention, to exercise, or to get to an essential job.

If exercising outside, residents should be doing so alone or only with immediate family.

Be strategic with trips to the grocery store—residents should not be going to the store every day.

While home, there are two things you need to do:

• Complete the 2020 Census
• Register to vote and request a mail-in ballot, you can do both using the app VOTE4DC (learn other ways to request a mail-in ballot at vote4dc.com)

Both of these tasks can be done from home and both take only a few minutes.

Schools Remain Closed

Under the guidance of Mayor Muriel Bowser, both DCPS and the District’s public charter schools will be closed until April 24.

For the latest information on the District government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, go to coronavirus.dc.gov

Meals Available

Meals are available for all DCPS students every weekday at locations throughout the city while schools are closed due to the coronavirus outbreak.

For more information, go to coronavirus.dc.gov/food.

Student Videos Solicited

To continue to ensure student voices in the creation of new standards, the State Board invites DCPS and public charter school students to record videos of themselves discussing their thoughts and perspective on social studies in the District.

The videos will be included as testimony during SOE’s virtual public meeting on Wednesday, April 22 and uploaded to the State Board’s YouTube site. Videos should be no longer than three minutes and should be sent to sboe@dc.gov by Friday, April 17 at 5 p.m.

Topics that students may consider as they craft video testimony:

• Cultural relevance of the current social studies standards.
• Application of topics (e.g., checks and balances) which have been discussed in social studies/civics classes to the current civic landscape.
• Relevancy of topics discussed in social studies/civics classes to topics discussed in other classes.
• Social studies topics that interest and resonate with you.
• Topics that should be changed, added, and/or removed from the current social studies standards.

Lottery Enrollment Extended

The new My School DC Lottery deadline is May 27, 2020, one month after D.C. Public Schools and public charter schools are expected to reopen.

Schools are responding to their modified operating status by adjusting enrollment processes to address the limitations faced by families during this public health emergency. Families matched to a school or offered a space from a school’s waitlist will be contacted directly by the school with their enrollment and residency verification procedures.

The lottery received 25,198 applicants for pre-K through 12th grade for the 2020-21 school year. Of the 25,198 students who applied by the deadlines, 67 percent were matched (being offered a seat) at a school they selected, an increase from 64 percent the prior year.

The My School DC hotline remains fully operational, Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., to support families as they navigate their lottery results and school enrollment procedures. The hotline can be reached at 202-888-6336 or at info.myschooldc@dc.gov.

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