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D.C. EDUCATION BRIEFS: No-Appointment Vaccinations

The D.C. health department, in partnership with Safeway Pharmacies, is offering vaccinations for which no appointments are needed.

Any District resident who is 12 years or older can visit select a DCPS building and receive their COVID-19. Services are being provided at vaccine at walk-in clinics that include Anacostia High School, Eastern High School, Luke C. Moore High School, and Ida B. Wells Middle School. Schools will be open Monday-Saturday and hours vary by location.

Virtual Learning Accommodations

To support students with a documented medical condition who need to continue learning virtually, DCPS will offer virtual instruction for a limited number of students who meet medical eligibility requirements.

Consistent with a District-wide policy, families who need virtual learning must provide documentation of a medical need as determined by a health professional. DCPS will provide a rich online learning environment for students who need virtual instruction, including a technology device for those who require one. Families in need of virtual learning accommodations are encouraged to complete the registration process by July 6 to allow schools time to create fall schedules.

“We know that our students thrive best in our classrooms, and that is why we are excited to open fully for all students this fall,” DCPS Chancellor Lewis Ferebee said in a statement. “We will work with our teachers, families and community to create a safe and trusting classroom experience where we will accelerate student learning. With collaboration, transparency, and a commitment to health and safety, we will ensure our buildings remain safe and healthy spaces for engaging and joyful learning experiences.”

Relief Funds

DCPS recently announced that it is scheduled to receive $191 million in the American Rescue Plan Act’s Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief funds. This federal investment will support the full reopening of schools for in-person learning in the fall and ensure students are supported on the path to recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Meanwhile, DCPS is asking families, teachers, staff and community members to help prioritize how the ARP ESSER funds should be used for next school year, via a survey that be accessed at bit.ly/dcps-recovery-survey.

DCPS Goes to College

Jasmin Menjivar can’t wait to start the next chapter of her life after recently graduating from Coolidge High School. She is especially looking forward to meeting new people, seeing new places, and becoming part of the Guilford College family.

“I always knew I wanted to study business since I was little,” says Jasmin. “I also had the chance to interact and learn from many professionals through the Academy of Health Sciences program at Coolidge.”

Jasmin’s advice to high school students: “Enjoy your journey, explore new activities, and don’t be afraid of making mistakes – yes, mistakes! Through them, you will realize that you can keep trying and that failure is just part of the learning process.”

Nathan McAlpine is excited about graduating and attending Georgia Tech.

“There are just so many opportunities to learn, grow, and have fun,” said Nathan who was selected by the university as a Stamps President’s Scholar, earning him a full four-year scholarship.

When asked about his experience in the IT NAF Academy at McKinley Tech, Nathan says, “I loved it. Programming is a fun mix of problem solving and creativity that makes it so engaging.” In the fall he will continue the IT track by majoring in computer science. Nathan’s advice to McKinley Tech freshmen, or “Freshies,” as he calls them: “Take advantage of all the opportunities that the Tech community will provide for you. If you just give your journey some energy and effort, you’ll have fun on the way and enjoy where you end up.”

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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