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Households may be eligible to receive 60 days of free Comcast internet service during the coronavirus pandemic.

If your child is a DCPS student, eligible for free or reduced-price lunch, sign up for internet service at http://internetessentials.com.

Calendar Change

In response to coronavirus COVID-19, there have been changes to the school year 2019-2020 calendar. All schools will be closed for students from March 16-31.

March 16 will be professional development for teachers and spring break will be March 17-23.

There will no longer be a spring break period in April. From March 24-31, students will participate in distance learning.

Travel Restrictions

DCPS-sponsored student travel outside the District of Columbia is suspended through May 1. This includes out-of-state and international field trips.

DCPS-sponsored staff travel is limited to essential duties only.

Distance Learning

DCPS prepared instructional contingency plans that will allow meaningful, relevant learning to take place while schools are closed.

School officials have developed resources for every level in grades PK-8 and each graduation requirement course for grades 9-12. Information about how to pick up printed copies of these lessons throughout the city or access them online will be shared in the coming days.

Meals for Students

Meals will be available for all students every weekday from Monday, March 16-Tuesday, March 31 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the following sites:

Anacostia High School
1601 16th Street SE
Ward 8
Ballou High School
3401 4th Street SE
Ward 8
Banneker High School
800 Euclid Street NW
Ward 1
Brookland Middle School
1150 Michigan Avenue NE
Ward 5
Cardozo Education Campus
1200 Clifton Street NW
Ward 1
Columbia Heights Education Campus
3101 16th Street NW
Ward 1
Coolidge High School
6315 5th Street NW
Ward 4
Eastern High School
1700 East Capitol Street NE
Ward 6
Jefferson Middle School
801 7th Street SW
Ward 6
Kelly Miller Middle School
301 49th Street NE
Ward 7
Kimball Elementary School
3375 Minnesota Avenue SE
Ward 7
LaSalle-Backus Education Campus
501 Riggs Road NE
Ward 4
McKinley Education Campus
151 T Street NE
Ward 5
Stanton Elementary School
2701 Naylor Road SE
Ward 8
Walker-Jones Education Campus
1125 New Jersey Avenue NW
Ward 6
Woodson High School
540 55th Street NE

Gathering Restrictions

All non-essential citywide and individual school events that accommodate approximately 500 people in one room will be canceled through March 31. This may include assemblies, athletics events and field trips.

Subsequently, the fifth Annual Math Bowl at Roosevelt High School was canceled. Schools officials said they will continue to provide critical updates as needed.

Student Travel

DCPS-sponsored student travel outside the District of Columbia is suspended through May 1. This includes out-of-state and international field trips.

Staff Travel

DCPS-sponsored staff travel is limited to essential duties only.

TMA Warrior Sports

The Thurgood Marshall Academy’s boys varsity basketball team won PCSAA championship.

They defeated Friendship Tech Prep in late February to earn the title.

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