Dear TCGDC Families,
Today, we are announcing that The Children’s’ Guild DC Public Charter School (TCGDC) will remain closed through Friday, April 24, 2020. In-person classes are expected to resume on Monday, April 27, 2020.
Thank you for your support this past week and for your continued support in the weeks ahead as we come together to navigate this public health emergency.
We know that many questions are swirling, so we want to address four key areas here, knowing that we will follow-up with further communication.
- Distance Learning
- Assessments (State Testing)
- Meals for All Students
You may access all distance learning materials through our online portal. This site contains all updated learning access resources for students, as well as helpful links to community resources.
Many families were able to pick up paper packets at the school this past week for the first round of distance learning materials. If you were unable to make it to the campus to pick up materials, you may come by on Thursday, March 26 or Friday, March 27 between 10 am and 2 pm. We will also have a round of packet distribution on Wednesday, April 8 and Thursday, April 9 between 10 am and 2 pm.
During this time, we also want to ensure that as many families are connected to high-speed internet at home at an affordable price. To address this need Comcast is offering free service for the first two months for new, qualified Internet Essentials customers. You many learn more about this service at https://www.internetessentials.com/covid19. Social Security numbers are not required, and you can snap a photo of yourself with a photo id if you are unable to upload one.
Our goal is to ensure student learning continues using methods that are readily available and accessible to all students. We will continue to use our online portal as well as our school website – tcgdc.org – Class Dojo, Google Classroom, Living Tree, and iReady.
If you need a hard copy of your student’s work at an alternative time, please reach out to your child’s teacher or the grade level administrator for support.
Kindergarten- Fourth Grade contact Ms. St. John at firstname.lastname@example.org
Fifth-Eighth Grade contact Mr. Stidham at email@example.com
Special Education questions contact Dr. Jackson at firstname.lastname@example.org
Assessments (DC State Testing)
Since students will be out of school for an extended period of time this school year, the Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) is seeking a one-year waiver from federal ESSA mandates around assessment, which could cancel state summative assessments for students – PARCC and DC Science. We will inform you of updates, as we receive them.
During our distance learning period, students are expected to complete their distance learning exercises. If a student needs assistance, please communicate with their classroom teacher or grade-level administrator listed above.
Meals for All Students
Meals are available for every student—aged 18 and under—in DC during weekdays at DCPS locations listed below, as well as other locations throughout DC—coronavirus.dc.gov/mealsites. Effective April 1st, the following DCPS sites will serve students:
- Francis Stevens ES – 2425 N St. NW – Ward 2
- Hendley ES – 425 Chesapeake St. SE – Ward 8
- Langdon ES – 1900 Evarts St. NE – Ward 5
- Marie Reed ES – 2201 18th St. NW – Ward 1
- Miner ES – 601 15th St. – Ward 6
- Ron Brown HS – 4800 Meade St. NE – Ward 7
- Simon ES – 401 Mississippi Ave. SE – Ward 8
- Thomson ES – 1200 L St. NW – Ward 2
- Truesdell ES – 800 Ingraham St. NW – Ward 4
- Wilson HS – 3950 Chesapeake St. NW – Ward 3
Prevention remains our greatest defense at this time. Ensure that you and your student wash hands frequently with soap and water or use hand sanitizer, when soap and water are not available. You can also find information and frequently asked questions for students and families on DC Health’s web section on the Coronavirus at: coronavirus.dc.gov
Additional updates will be shared with our families, when new information is available. Updates will also be provided on tcgdc.org. We appreciate your help to ensure a healthy and safe environment for our students, families, and staff.
Bryan Daniels, Principal