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COVID-19 Updates and Resources

July 30 2020 | School News

COVID-19 UPDATE (7/30): In light of the evolving public health guidance and input from families, all DC Prep students and staff will participate in virtual learning and teaching through the end of the first quarter (October 30th). As we approach the end of October, we will reassess safety conditions to determine whether it will be possible to shift to a hybrid instructional offering.

We care deeply about this community-- as people, as learners, as dreamers and doers. Schools provide a range of important supports beyond instruction. We are committed to providing those supports-- meals, mental health supports and more-- even though we are not able to run the hybrid model as we had planned. We are confident in our team’s ability to provide a high-quality virtual learning offering for all students-- PreSchool through 8th grade--and look forward to sharing more details soon.

Safety is a product of three things:

The public health conditions in our city. We rely on the expertise of the DC Department of Health, and the Mayor, to tell us if the public health indicators allow safe in-person school. The mayor announced on Thursday, July 30th that DC Public Schools will provide virtual instruction for their first academic term. 
Whether we can staff our schools safely.  
Our school-level preparations. We have built a Safe Operations Plan following the guidance of the DC Department of Health, OSSE, the CDC, the Academy of American Pediatrics and more. Click here to view the DC Prep Safe Operations PlanHaga clic aquí para verlo en español.

Please know that the plan will continue to change as the medical community is continuing to learn about COVID. As they know more and share more refined health guidance, we will incorporate their updated guidance so that we can best safeguard everyone's health. To ensure that we’re holding ourselves to the highest standard, we are working with an external health and safety expert, Diana Bruce, who will review and give feedback on our safety plan.

We will continue to update our calendar and plan for SY20-21 using questions and feedback from our families, information from DCPS, 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
click here

We will continue to use our distance learning website to provide learning 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.

*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) 

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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