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COVID-19 Updates and Resources

June 03 2020 | School News

COVID-19 CLOSURE UPDATE: The last day of school for all five DC Prep campuses was Friday, May 29th. Our distance learning summer school program started on Tuesday, June 2nd and will end on Friday, June 19th. We will continue to use our distance learning website to provide summer school updates as well as academic resources for all PS – 8th students. Lastly, the distance learning website also includes our Summer Reading is Sweet Incentive. See details below. 

We will finalize our calendar for SY20-21 using questions and feedback from our families, information about DCPS’s start date, and health guidance from the City. We will continue to update this page and our social media channels with information on SY20-21 as it becomes available. 

To submit a question, comment, or concern regarding DC Prep's COVID-19 response, please
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*Summer Reading is Sweet Incentive!*

All students, including students participating in summer school, are encouraged to participate in our Summer Reading is Sweet Incentive. We want all of our students to become avid readers who love books! This summer, we are challenging our preschool to 8th grade preppies to read for 1,500 minutes. All students who read for 1,500 minute or more, will receive a sweet treat in the fall when they return to school.

How do I participate?
Early Childhood (Preschool and Prekindergarten): Listen to the 14 recommended books on the Early Childhood Summer Reading page and read 6 books of your choice. After you read each book, have your parents complete your reading log that they can print from on the Early Childhood Summer Reading is Sweet Incentive page.
K - 8: Read a book of your choice for at least 30 minutes each day. After your finish reading, log your book title and the number of minutes you read in your reading log using the Summer Reading Log icon on your Clever homepage. See an example of the summer reading icon on the top right.

How do I receive my prize?
• Beginning Monday, June 1st, make sure that you are reading 30 minutes each day.
• Throughout the summer, we will be shouting out students who are reading the most and hosting a few  surprise raffles for students who have read the most minutes on each grade level. Keep checking the Distance Learning website to see if you receive a shout out or have a chance to be entered into a raffle.
• At the end of summer, we will be tallying up the number of books read (Early Childhood) or the number of minutes (K - 8) that you read to see if you earned the Summer Reading is Sweet Incentive.
• All students who earn the incentive will receive their prize the second week of school!

COVID-19 Resources:

General fact sheet
FAQs on COVID-19 and Children

• National Association of Public Charter Schools: Resources on How to Talk to Kids about the Coronavirus (multiple resources within folder)
• Just For Kids: A Comic Exploring The New Coronavirus (Source: NPR)

Ongoing Learning Resources:

An Open Book Foundation is compiling online learning resources, performances, videos, and activities for students: Educator Resource List - March 2020 

Distance Learning Resources from DC Public Library and The Library at Home 

Sesame Street's "Caring for Each Other" Project -  Sesame Workshop's Caring for Each Other initiative marks the beginning of a commitment to support families during the COVID-19 health crisis with a broad variety of free resources.

Government Resources: 

DC Department of Health Coronavirus Landing Page
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website 

Family Support Resources 

Food Distribution: 
Comprehensive Meal Sites list from Mayor Bowser's Office 
DC Food Project - includes information on free DCPS meals, other meal sites, and how to help in the community 
Martha's Table (Distribution sites are listed under "Joyful Food Markets") 
DC Dream Center hot meal pickup (information on Twitter) 

Citywide Resources for Meals (May Update). The city is finalizing its pandemic electronic benefits transfer program (P-EBT) to allow families who qualify for free & reduced meals to receive a $28.50 weekly benefit that can be used at grocery stores for the duration of school closures. District families with eligible children who have an EBT card for SNAP or TANF benefits will have P-EBT benefits automatically loaded onto their existing cards. Families without a card will be mailed an EBT card pre-loaded with benefits. Edgewood families who were not eligible for free or reduced meals in mid-March – if your income level has changed, you can complete a National School Lunch Program eligibility form and submit it to billings@dcprep.org. Click here for the eligibility form. If you need assistance to complete it, please contact your school’s operations manager (Mr. Liburd – EMC or Ms. Fernandez – EEC).

Recursos de la Ciudad para Comidas. La ciudad está finalizando su programa de transferencia de beneficios electrónicos por la pandemia (P-EBT) para permitirle a familias quiénes califican para las comidas gratis y reducidas para recibir $28.50 por semana y que pueden ser usados en las tiendas de abarrotes "grocery stores" durante la duración del cierre de escuelas. Las familias del Distrito con niños elegibles quiénes tengan una tarjeta de beneficios "EBT para SNAP o TANF tendrán los beneficios "P-EBT" automáticamente depositados en sus tarjetas existentes. Las familias sin una tarjeta recibirán en el correo una tarjeta "EBT" con los beneficios previamente depositados. Las familias de Edgewood quiénes no son elegibles para las comidas gratis o reducidas a mitad de marzo – si su nivel de salario ha cambiado, usted puede completar una solicitud de elegibilidad para el Programa Nacional de Almuerzos Escolares y entregarla a billings@dcprep.org. Haga clic aquí para obtener el formulario de elegibilidad. Si usted necesita asistencia para completarlo, por favor contacte a su gerente de operaciones de escuela (Mr. Liburd – EMC o Ms. Fernandez – EEC).

Internet Support: Comcast is offering FREE access to its "internet essentials" over the next two months.

*A limited number of high-quality low-cost refurbished computers is available from Wildtech, a non-profit organization dedicated to bridging the digital divide in our area. Wildtech will take orders, invoice via PayPal, and ship computers to the desired addresses, all within a few days. The computers cost between $75 and $95 and include basic software as well as Wi-Fi. More information here. 

Mental Health Supports: 
The Department of Behavioral Health has a 24 hour line for anyone who has mental health concerns for themselves or someone else (1-888-793-4357).

Free Mindfulness Resources via Calm - includes meditations, "Calm Kids", and sleep stories

Staff Resources

FAQs for DC Prep staff members
FAQs for DC Prep managers 

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