DCPS Summer Bridge for Grades 3
DC Public Schools (DCPS) will offer a special in-person program for students this summer. To help our students as they transition into the next school year, DCPS will hold a Summer Bridge program for Langley ES students entering grades 3.
Summer Bridge will take place in-person at schools for two weeks, as long as health conditions allow.
The dates and times, with lunch provided, are:
• Monday, August 10 to Thursday, August 13 from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm.
• Monday, August 17 to Thursday, August 20 from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm.
Summer Bridge 2020 for grades 3, 6, and 9 will be an introduction to what school life will be like as DCPS moves to a hybrid learning model due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Students will build relationships as they engage in a variety of academic and social-emotional learning activities designed to prepare them for success as they transition to the next grade. Students will be introduced to new health protocols, including social distancing, and masks will be provided daily and required at all times.
Read more about how we are keeping students and staff safe in the Summer Bridge FAQ.
Students must be enrolled in their DCPS school for SY20-21 before signing up for Summer Bridge. Visit enrolldcps.dc.gov to complete that step. DCPS Summer Bridge is subject to change depending on public health conditions.
Students entering grades 3, 6, or 9 in SY20-21 can enroll using this link:
If you have questions, please contact your school or email SummerBridge@k12.dc.gov.
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As we shared last week, DC Public Schools (DCPS) will continue learning at home through the end of the school year. We acknowledge that May 29 is prior to our anticipated end of the 2019-2020 School Year in June. Further, we realize this is not ideal for many of our families as it may disrupt other arrangements you have planned.
Please know that we do not take adjustments to our calendar lightly, and, as a district, we are doing all we can to take into account the needs of our students and families while also balancing the planning that is necessary due to our public health crisis. This calendar shift will give us the opportunity to preserve time for the option of additional, targeted summer learning, as well as the start of SY20-21 when health conditions are more favorable.
We know you may have questions about what the end of the school year looks like on topics such as graduation, summer school, and enrollment for next school year. This situation is new ground for all of us and thank you for your patience as we work to provide more details on how the school year will conclude.
In the more immediate, we want to know how we are doing. Your partnership during this unprecedented moment has allowed our students to continue their learning even while our classrooms are now phone calls, video lessons, and Teams chats.
Family Survey on Learning at Home
During this period of school building closures due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are reaching out to families to get an understanding of how learning at home is going for you and to receive feedback to help our teachers and staff continue to provide support.
Please take a few minutes to complete our learning at home family survey. You’ll be asked about student learning activities, technology you may be using, and support structures you may need, as well as general feedback. Select the language you wish to take the survey in by using the menu in the upper-righthand corner.
Families may also take the survey over the phone by calling 202-671-2617 on weekdays between 9:00 am and 5:00 pm. If you have multiple children enrolled in DCPS, please fill out the survey for your oldest child first. You will have an option to fill it out for additional children at the end. The survey will close on Wednesday, May 6.
Thank you in advance for sharing your thoughts on how your school and DCPS can best serve you during this time of learning at home.
April 17, 2020
Today, I made two important education announcements:
I have said before that closing our school buildings was one of the most difficult decisions I have had to make during this pandemic. We would all prefer that our young people are in school learning and staying connected to their peers, teachers, and coaches. But we also know that, in terms of slowing the spread of COVID-19, this is what we need to do to save lives.
Parents, if you have not made contact with your child's school or teacher since March 16, please reach out as soon as possible. We need to hear from you.
As we go into the weekend, I want to remind our entire community that staying home is saving lives. Additionally, any DC resident who is experiencing the symptoms of COVID-19 should reach out to a health care provider or call the United Medical Center testing hotline at 1-855-363-0333.
We are all in this together, and we will get through it together.
For more information and resources, visit coronavirus.dc.gov.
Dear DCPS Community,
Over the past month, we have seen our city and our schools adapt to new daily routines, new classroom settings, and new ways to deliver instruction. What has not waivered is our commitment at DC Public Schools (DCPS) to provide our students and families with an education grounded in serving the whole child.
Last week, we held our first session of virtual Parent University, where I joined families to discuss managing stress as adults at this time. We want you to know that there is no right or wrong way to navigate this process and that we will be here to support you every step of the way. We continue to collaborate with our agency partners to distribute meals to students across the district, and beginning this week, 10 of our school meal sites will also provide groceries to families in need. Select “Meal Sites for All DC Students” at coronavirus.dc.gov/food for locations and times.
Today, I am writing to share calendar updates for April along with additional learning at home resources for your family.
We continue to work closely with DC Health and Mayor Bowser to determine when schools may reopen. Based on current modeling of the COVID-19 outbreak, it is not realistic that DC Public Schools will open as planned on April 27, and we will continue learning at home for the time being. We hope to share more information about the school year calendar in the coming days.
Dear DCPS Family,
We continue to see the strength of our community as we come together during this public health crisis and support the needs of our students. Since learning at home began, our online learning hub on Canvas received nearly 2 million page views from more than 80,000 visitors. We also distributed learning at home packets, comprised of more than 3.5 million printed pages, across our district, so that all students have access to learning materials.
These numbers represent parents downloading elementary math lessons, high school students earning credits on the path to graduation, and educators who continue to make their students feel loved, challenged, and prepared as they connect with them virtually across our city. Thank you to all the families, teachers, and community members who are working together to make sure that our students are engaged, supported, and safe.
April 7 DCPS Updates
Technology Access for Students
DCPS is working hard to ensure that families have the resources they need in this unprecedented moment, and we recognize that technology is a critical need for our students to continue their education. I am proud to announce that we are expanding our efforts to support students in need of technology for learning at home.
We will loan devices to families in need as part of our Empowered Learners Initiative (ELi). Distribution of these devices to high school students is already underway. Distribution to middle school students starts this week, and elementary school families will receive devices beginning next week. Your school will send you information on how to pick up a device.
DCPS will loan up to 16,000 technology devices to students to support learning at home. We are also purchasing 10,000 personal mobile hotspots to provide families who need access to high-speed internet while school buildings are closed.
As technology becomes a critical component of our new way of learning, we are also expanding resources available for our youngest students, as well as parents who are adjusting to the pace of learning at home.
#DCPSatHome on Your TV!
For our elementary families, DCPS “Fun with Phonics” lessons are now available on TV every weekday from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. and then again from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. These videos are a great way for your student to continue to develop early literacy skills and are available on Comcast (Channel 99), RCN (Channel 18), Verizon (Channel 12), or on the DCPS YouTube channel. I hope that your family tunes in to join our teachers for these exciting lessons.
Online Workshops for DCPS Families
DCPS is launching virtual Parent University workshops to provide information and start conversations on topics that we know are top of mind for families. I invite you to join me at the first session on “Managing Stress as Adults” on Wednesday, April 8 at 2:30 p.m. You can RSVP for this and all upcoming workshops at dcpsparentu2020.eventbrite.com.
Date and Time / Topic
Wednesday, April 8, 2:30 p.m. / Managing Stress as Adults
Thursday, April 9, 4:00 p.m. / Understanding Microsoft Teams
Tuesday, April 14, 3:00 p.m./ Using the Guide to Graduation, Career, and College
Wednesday, April 15, 2:30 p.m. / Using the Guide to Graduation, Career, and College (in Spanish)
Wednesday, April 22, 2:30 p.m. / Helping Your Child Manage Stress
Suspension of Student Travel
Due to the unprecedented situation the district is facing due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have come to the difficult decision to cancel all school trips through the summer. All DCPS-sponsored student travel outside the District of Columbia, including DCPS Study Abroad summer 2020 trips, is suspended through July 2020. (This is an update to the previously issued restriction through May 1.)
We know that students were looking forward to these memorable opportunities and travel experiences, but student safety is our top priority. DCPS Study Abroad participants were contacted by the program with more details and your school will communicate with you around other planned trips. For more information, read our Family FAQ.
Reminder: Stay at Home Order
On Monday, March 30, Mayor Bowser issued a Stay at Home Order except in cases of essential healthcare, food, supplies, or employment. Visiting schools to receive meals or learning at home materials is considered an essential activity.
All District residents are encouraged to do their part and stay at home. As a reminder, all DC Public Schools playgrounds, athletic fields, and other outdoor spaces on school premises are closed during the District’s Public Health Emergency. Learn more about the District of Columbia Government’s response to coronavirus (COVID-19) by visiting coronavirus.dc.gov.
You can also check out answers to Frequently Asked Questions and other DCPS updates at dcps.dc.gov/coronavirus. Visit coronavirus.dc.gov/food for information on meal sites across the city, including how to get there via Metrorail or Metrobus.
We will continue to provide updates on information and resources as our district responds to COVID-19. We appreciate your continued support.
Lewis D. Ferebee
Chancellor, DC Public Schools
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates At DC Public Schools (DCPS), we are committed to ensuring the well-being of our students. Communicating about issues that impact school communities is important to fostering strong partnerships with families, and we will continue to provide updates around coronavirus (COVID-19) on topics including: