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D.C. EDUCATION BRIEFS: Proposal to Rename School

D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser and DCPS Chancellor Lewis Ferebee recently announced a proposal to rename West Elementary School in Northwest as John Lewis Elementary School in honor of the late congressman. Lewis, who died in July 2020, was a staunch supporter of D.C. statehood.

“John Lewis embodied what it meant to be an American hero — dedicating his life, and even sacrificing his body, to the fight for justice, equal rights and a better America,” Bowser said in a statement. “As we prepare to mark one year since we lost Congressman Lewis, we are proud to honor his legacy by dedicating this school and its beautiful new facility in his name. This name change is an opportunity to inspire our youngest learners, uplift our D.C. values and build on the long legacy of a beloved civil rights icon.”

West Elementary School is located at 1338 Farragut Street NW in Ward 4, and a newly constructed building will open at the site this fall.

Free Meal Site Rides

Through Aug. 27, DCPS families can get free rides to select school summer meal sites with Uber vouchers. The vouchers will cover the cost of rides to and from eight meal sites across the District.

“DCPS prioritizes the well-being of our students,” Chancellor Lewis Ferebee said in a statement. “By providing free transportation for District families to grab-and-go meal distribution locations, we’re ensuring every child has food on the table and one less obstacle on their way to their academic success.”

Uber ride credits can be redeemed on the free rides which will be in operation from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Families who need support scheduling a ride to a DCPS meal site can email food.dcps@k12.dc.gov.

BacktoSchool Immunizations

D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser and DC Health are reminding families to schedule well-child visits to ensure students are caught up on required immunizations. Currently, the COVID-19 vaccine is strongly recommended for all students 12 and older but is not considered a required immunization.

Beginning in September, students and families will be able to schedule appointments to receive their required immunizations through vaccinate.dc.gov. Appointments can be made at participating DCPS and public charter school locations. Families can also visit vaccinate.dc.gov to sign up to receive updates about immunization appointments.

Walk-Up Vaccination Sites

Anyone age 12 and older can claim their free COVID-19 vaccine at D.C.’s walk-up vaccination sitesthat include:

•Anacostia High School, Tuesday-Thursday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday from 12 noon to 5 p.m.

•Ida B. Well Middle School, Wednesday – Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. to 7 p.m.

•Dorothy Height/Benning Library, Tuesday and Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Thursday from 12noon. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 12 noon. to 5 p.m.

Teacher Turnover

Teacher turnover in the DCPS system is higher than the national average and higher than many urban districts across the U.S., according to the DC State Board of Education [SBOE]. Meanwhile, the SBOE last year conducted a survey of D.C. teachers to understand how and when they move into, across and out of teaching positions in the city. If complete public information on teachers were readily available, the data would also indicate how to better support teachers and promote retention.

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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