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COVID-19 Updates and Resources

March 30 2020 | School News

COVID-19 CLOSURE UPDATE: All five DC Prep campuses will remain closed through April 24th. We will confirm the date when schools will re-open based on guidance of City health officials. We will continue to update this page and our social media channels with information as it becomes available.  

*Distance Learning Update: All DC Prep families are welcome to come to any DC Prep campus on the following dates/times in order to pick-up learning materials for students:
• Tuesday, 3/31 - 8:30AM - 2:00PM
• Wednesday, 4/1 - 8:30AM - 2:00PM

To submit a question, comment, or concern regarding DC Prep's COVID-19 response, please click here. 

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:

DC Prep sent written materials home with students on Friday, March 13th. Completed workbooks must be turned in for effort grades when schools reopen. Parents should expect to receive follow up from teachers on how they will connect with students during the closure. 

To access a soft copy of the Coronavirus School Closure Packet, please click here.

Additional high-quality online and print resources (for both Math and ELA) can be found at the following site: https://sites.google.com/dcprep.org/online-resources/home

An Open Book Foundation is working to compile 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 (additional resources coming soon)

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) 

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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Erin Waldron, Principal (BMC)