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DC Public Schools Schedule Change – Week of March 16

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

NOTICE: The Public Health Emergency is in effect through April 24; school and government reopen on April 27.

March 11, 2020

Good morning DCPS Students and Families –

DC Public Schools (DCPS) continues to make student and staff safety a priority as the region addresses the coronavirus (COVID-19). As part of DCPS’ emergency response planning, there will be a shift in school schedules for the week of March 16. This announcement affects both teachers and students.

The scheduled Professional Development Day for teachers on Friday, March 20 will now take place on Monday, March 16.

Schools will be closed for students on Monday, March 16, with classes resuming for the rest of the week. Students will no longer have the day off on Friday, March 20.

New! Monday 3/16 Tuesday 3/17 Wednesday 3/18 Thursday 3/19 New! Friday 3/20
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No school for students

DC Health continues to report no widespread community transmission of COVID-19, and our priority remains prevention. However, this situation remains dynamic, with preparation being critical every day. With this in mind, DCPS is accelerating our planning timeline with teachers and school leaders to ensure that our educators are fully equipped to support distance learning as needed. As part of their Professional Development Day next week, teachers and school leaders will focus on academic contingency planning that best serves the entire DCPS school community.

Instructional contingency plans are underway that will allow meaningful, relevant learning to take place in the event that schools are closed for an extended period of time. We are developing resources for every level in grades PK-8 and for each graduation requirement course for grades 9-12. These resources will be available both in print and online and accessible to every family.

The shift in Professional Development Day sessions from Friday to Monday is just one component of DCPS’ COVID-19 emergency preparedness planning. Please also visit coronavirus.dc.gov for the latest COVID-19 information from DC Health.

Thank you for your understanding and ongoing commitment to making the safety of our students, staff, and school communities a priority. If you have any questions, please send them to [email protected].

Sincerely, 

Lewis D. Ferebee, Ed.D. 

Chancellor