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D.C. EDUCATION BRIEFS: Preparing for School Year 2021-22

DCPS recently presented an outline of its health and safety measures for students and staff returning to in-person learning for the 2021-22 school year. The updated guidance comes as DCPS prepares to fully reopen with in-person learning for all students, every day in the fall.

“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.”

To maintain a safe environment for in-person learning, DCPS will continue to prioritize facility readiness, operational planning, health and safety protocols, and ongoing monitoring for issues that include enhanced cleaning protocols for high touch surfaces, and a deep cleaning completed after a suspected or reported COVID-19 cases, as well as space arrangements that will allow students to be separated as far as possible, with individual desks and tables to be facing the same direction to the extent feasible.

Acting Superintendent

Please join the DCPS family in welcoming Dr. Christina Grant as Acting State Superintendent of Education.

D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser appointed Dr. Grant, an alumnus of the Chiefs for Change Future Chiefs leadership development program, earlier this month to serve in her new capacity.

If confirmed by the D.C. Council, Grant will be responsible for administering grants as well as overseeing standards, assessments, and accountability for D.C.’s elementary and secondary schools. Hanseul Kang held the position for five years before stepping down last October.

In her former position as chief of charter schools and innovation for the School District of Philadelphia, Grant expanded new school models and implemented instructional methods designed to meet students’ diverse needs.

She also oversaw 105 schools, including both district and charter schools, that collectively serve 80,000 students.

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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