Dear TCGDC Families,
The Children’s Guild DC Public Charter School (TCGDC) is actively monitoring the rapid developments related to COVID-19 (coronavirus), as the impact on our region increases. We will remain vigilant in our response to the coronavirus.
On March 13, following recommendations DC agencies and leadership, TCGDC will be closed for students from Monday, March 16 through Tuesday, March 31, in order to help mitigate concerns associated with the coronavirus.
Our TCGDC staff is currently preparing a variety of instructional materials and resources for your children to complete for distance learning over the next two weeks.
Our goal is to ensure student learning continues using methods that are readily available and accessible to all students. These materials will be provided in hard copy format, as well as online via our School website, Class Dojo, Google Classroom, Living Tree, and iReady. Between the hours of 10am and Noon on Monday the 16th and Tuesday the 17th a member of our staff will be at the school for anyone who needs to pick up hard copies of work. 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
TCGDC will be now be open for students on days previously designated for Spring Break, from Monday, April 13 – Friday, April 17 to make up some of the days lost during the two-week closure.
All school-related student and staff travel have been cancelled effective immediately, until further notice. Additionally, our school and buses are being sanitized and cleaned during this closure perio.
When schools reopen, visitors should remain mindful of and be prepared to answer questions from school staff about recent travel.
The health and safety of our students, families, and staff is our top priority. Please continue to take preventive measures and look out for each other. We encourage you to follow the guidance provided by federal, state and local health officials:
- Wash your hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds
- Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol if soap and water are not available
- Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue, your sleeve or your elbow
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using standard cleaning practices
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick
- If you are sick, stay home, except when seeking medical care
- Avoid mass gatherings
- Avoid crowded areas or places where you might interact with people who are sick.
- Keep a distance between yourself and other people
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
Affordable Internet Service
Internet Essentials, a program from Comcast that offers home internet for $9.95 per month. This affordable internet service is available in DC for families receiving housing assistance, have school-aged children, or are 62 years or older.
In an effort to make it easier for low-income families to afford the internet, Connect.DC is offering two months of free internet service to DC families who are approved for Internet Essentials. Just follow two simple steps to apply.
- Enroll in Internet Essentials by calling (855) 846-8376 or visiting internetessentials.com
- Call 202-CONNECT after you have been approved and received your first bill
We also recognize that many of our students rely on our Free and Reduced-price Meals (FARMS) and that closing schools can create unintended barriers to meals. To ensure students have access to healthy meals while schools are closed, meals will be provided at the following locations on weekdays from Monday, March 16th through Tuesday, March 31st from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. More locations are being added, for updated information on meals go to: dcps.dc.gov/coronavirus
Banneker High School
800 Euclid St NW
Cardozo Education Campus
1200 Clifton St NW
Columbia Heights Educational Campus
3101 16th St NW
Coolidge High School
6315 5th St NW
Brookland Middle School
1150 Michigan Ave NE
McKinley Education Campus
151 T St NE
LaSalle-Backus Education Campus
501 Riggs Rd NE
Eastern Senior High School
1700 East Capitol St NE
Jefferson Middle School Academy
801 7th St SW
Walker-Jones Education Campus
1125 New Jersey Ave NW
Woodson High School
540 55th St NE
Kimball Elementary School
3375 Minnesota Ave SE
Kelly Miller Middle School
301 49th St NE
Anacostia High School
1601 16th St SE
Ballou High School
3401 4th St SE
Stanton Elementary School
2701 Naylor Rd SE
Talking to your Children
Children may experience trauma during this time. A great resource is “Talking to Children About COVID-19 (Coronavirus) – A Parent Resource,” providing parents with prevention information and facts to their children “without causing undue alarm.” This resource was created by the National Association of School Psychologists and the National Association of School Nurses. Go to: bit.ly/2IEHwSj
TCGDC is in communications with DC Health, Office of the Mayor, DC Public Charter School Board, and other DC and federal agencies to receive guidance and advice on issues related to coronavirus.
Other adjustments to school operations will be announced as they are determined. 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.