Dear TCGDC Families,
Due to the public health guidance in Washington DC, The Children’s Guild DC Public Charter School (TCGDC) will continue distance learning through the end of the school year with school concluding on Friday, June 19, 2020.
While we continue to navigate these difficult times, the District of Columbia and TCGDC are considering the feasibility of summer learning options. We will share information about options as they become available.
As we plan for school year 2020-2021, we are awaiting public health guidance to determine specific dates for students to return to the TCGDC campus.
This has been an unprecedented time for our school, our students, and our families. But what has made our TCGDC community so strong is our commitment to our students! That commitment has continued while we teach and learn from home, and it will continue when we are able to come together again within our building.
During the distance learning period, you may reach our leadership team.
Bryan Daniels, Principal
Brett Stidham, Assistant Principal (5-8)
Andrea St. John, Assistant Principal (K-4)
Dr. Tanna Jackson, Special Education Supervisor
Talking to Your Children
One of the questions Dr. Sanaz Kumar, assistant medical director of The Children’s Guild Outpatient Mental Health Clinic, is asked most frequently these days by parents is “How do I explain COVID-19 to children when adults are having such a hard time grasping the enormity of what we are living through?”
To that end, Dr. Kumar wrote Talking to Children About COVID-19, advising parents to talk with their children calmly, using developmentally appropriate language, presenting the facts, emphasizing action steps the child can take to stay safe, and most importantly listen to your child’s fears and concerns.
Talking with your children frankly and thoughtfully can go a long way in alleviating children’s fears and helping them to understand and grow in these challenging times.
Meals for Students & Families
The grocery distribution sites are being launched in partnership with Martha’s Table and DC Central Kitchen. The sites are available to all families and are open Monday – Friday, 12:30- 2:00 p.m. Residents can pick up pre-packed grocery bags, which include fresh produce and dry goods. Groceries are being distributed on a first come, first served basis. Below is a list of the current distribution sites:
|Brookland Middle School
150 Michigan Avenue, NE
|Kelly Miller Middle School
301 49th Street, NE
|Coolidge High School/Ida B. Wells Middle School
6315 5th Street, NW
|Anacostia High School
1601 16th Street, SE
|Ballou High School
3401 4th Street, SE
|Eastern Senior High School
1700 East Capitol Street, NE
|Stanton Elementary School
2701 Naylor Road, SE
|Woodson High School
540 55th Street, NE
|Kimball Elementary School
3375 Minnesota Avenue, SE
|Columbia Heights Education Campus
3101 16th Street, NW
Breakfast and lunch are being distributed at these schools and other sites across the District for students. For the complete schedule and list of distribution sites, go to: coronavirus.dc.gov/food
DC recently launched a COVID-19 Needs Hotline and Web Portal for residents to request food and other essential items be delivered to their homes if they have been directed by a medical provider to self-quarantine, or if they have no other means to acquire these items. Eligible residents can call 888.349.8323 or visit coronavirus.dc.gov/gethelp to request assistance.
Prevention is the Key
Prevention continues to remain our greatest defense at this time. Ensure that you, your children and family members 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 COVID-19 at: coronavirus.dc.gov
We will continue to provide updates 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. I want to thank you for the support and love you have shown our students each and every day. Because of your guidance, our children have continued to learn from home.