As promised, I wanted to send a few reminders before the first day:
*School hours are 8:45-3:15. Our tardy bell rings at 8:45. Doors open at 8:15 for students and please have your daily ASK, ASK, LOOK form in your child’s backpack or hand. Dismissal will begin promptly at 3:15. Students must be picked up by 3:30.*
Please Wear Your Mask Daily, Social Distance, and Wash Hands Frequently!
Weekly COVID Testing:
Please note change* Today the Mayor announced all students would be “opted-in” to random weekly testing. We will test 45 students per week with a saliva test kit. If you want to “opt-out” you must send in the form DCPS sent to families today. I have shared a video with teachers which shows this process in kid friendly terms. They may share it in the classroom to make students feel comfortable with the process.
SPARK Grades K-5 Only:
Morning SPARK time is back! We know our students love this time outdoors each morning with staff before school. Students should be dropped at the appropriate entry point (mentioned below). Next, they will be directed to the playground area starting on Monday for outdoor physical movement activities led by Coach Smith, Coach Lawson, and many others. This will begin at 8:15 if you want your child to participate. This is our morning duty and supervision area for students and it will move indoors to the café during inclement weather days. If you arrive later than 8:40, your child will report to the classroom.
Ask, Ask, Look Form:
Please click here for Ask, Ask, Look form so you can print at home to be day one ready. If you do not have a printer, we will have several copies outside when you arrive. Please check your student daily for symptoms and complete the form. We will check it quickly outside when they arrive so they can enter our school. We wanted to move away from using the form, but after talking with our nurse today she recommended we keep the process going for a speedier entry. The same form can be used daily, so just keep it in a safe place.
In the event your child is sent to the isolation room, because they are displaying COVID symptoms, we ask they be picked up immediately by you or another parent/guardian. We do not want sick students to remain in the room for any length of time. This room is simply a safe, temporary, holding spot for students supervised by a PCT.
PreK3 and PreK4:
School starts for you, Thursday! Your main entrance and exit point each day, will be the side of our school on G Street and you must sign in and out daily. Many adults will be there to support and answer any questions you may have.
Arrival and Dismissal Procedures:
There will be no early dismissal after 2:00 p.m. daily. If your child has an appointment, please pick them up before 2:00.
We have two ENTRY POINTS this year!
Grades 1-5 and bus students will enter and exit daily through our main lobby entrance on 7th Street. Again, PK along with K on G Street (side entry).
Our afterschool program Flex Academy, will begin serving students on Monday. We have about 150 students enrolled and they will be spread about the building for safety. Please meet our school contact for Flex on Monday when you arrive for pick-up in the evening. Her name is Sheritha, and she handles Ludlow after care. If you have issues after 3:30, she is your contact if your students are in her care. I am sure Flex will be sending more details and communication soon.
All students must have up-to-date immunizations this year. DCPS is adhering to strict guidelines centered around this. If you have not gained the appropriate immunizations within the first 20 days of school, your child will be unenrolled on the 20th day. We do not want this to happen to any family, so please make your appointments now, to handle this very important task.
Breakfast and Lunch:
Breakfast will be in the classrooms once SPARK ends and kids come inside.
PK3, PK4, and K will be eating lunch in classrooms.
1st-5th grades will be eating in the café and seating charts will be used for assigned seating. This is required by DCPS for COVID processes, not a punishment for students.
Outdoor tents and furniture have been ordered for LTES and should arrive over the next few weeks to give us more outdoor learning and eating spaces as options.
Water Filling Stations:
These are located on each hallway for students. Water fountains are closed. Please send in a water bottle with your child daily already filled when possible.
Uniforms are worn daily Monday-Thursday with Fridays being casual.
Recess will be held outdoors daily (weather permitting) for 30 minutes. This is in addition to morning SPARK time.
The Local School Advisory Team (LSAT) is a group of elected and appointed members that exists in every DCPS school. The team consists of parents, teachers, staff, and a community member who advise the principal on matters that promote high expectations and achievement for all students. The names of our team members will be listed on the LTES website soon, along with meeting agendas and links. Our first meeting will be held virtually on September 1st at 5:00.
*Visitors are not allowed in our building. Appointments can be made if necessary, but we will continue to use phone and virtual communication as best we can, while still in a pandemic.*
Enjoy your last weekend of summer. Remember it is a full week and the following week we have a day off for Labor Day and to enjoy some college football. I can’t wait to see you Monday!