Virtual Learning at DC Scholars
DC Scholars is committed to ensuring that all students have meaningful and joyful learning opportunities that equip them with the knowledge base and critical thinking skills to become lifelong learners. In order to ensure that every child can succeed online, DC Scholars is:
- Equipping every scholar with a device and learning materials
- PS-PK will receive tablets.
- K-8 will receive Chromebooks) and learning materials
- Holding Virtual Open Houses so families can learn more about how to help their students learn at home;
- Providing virtual instruction via Zoom five days a week;
- Checking in with students regularly to see how they are doing and motivating them to do their best;
- Assessing scholars’ progress regularly to ensure that we are tailoring our instruction to each student; and
- Offering small breakout groups (4-8 students) with a teacher so that students can ask questions, collaborate with their peers, and get more individualized support.
Internet for Students
Internet Access Flyer
Virtual Learning Grading Family Handout
Remote Learning (August – November 2020)
DC Scholars will operate schools FULLY REMOTE through at least the end of our first quarter on Friday, November 6th.
Virtual Learning Schedules
- Monday-Thursday: students will follow a daily learning schedule and participate in virtual lessons with a teacher
- Friday, students will complete assignments on their own and participate in live, virtual special subject courses (art, music, P.E., science, and coding).
- To reduce class sizes in PS-1st grade, each class will be split into a morning and afternoon cohort. You will be able to state your preference for morning or afternoon classes for your child.
- During the first month of school, teachers will conduct assessments to better understand your scholars’ learning needs. Beginning in October, teachers will begin small group instruction.
- Students will be enrolled in a specials course (P.E., art, music, or science) each quarter. Students will have one assignment per week to complete for that class.
- In grades PS-4th grade, families will receive daily schedules and assignments via Class Dojo. Students will also upload their assignments to their personal portfolio in Class Dojo.
- In grades 5th-8th grade, students will do their classwork in Google Classroom. They will be able to access key documents, turn in assignments, and receive feedback on their work within their Google Classroom page.
- Students in grades K-8:
- will receive iReady accounts. iReady is an instructional online program that allows students to follow a personalized trajectory of lessons.
- will receive myOn or Epic accounts to access a vast digital library of books.
Student Attendance, Grading, and Assessment Policies
- Attendance: All students are required to log in and participate in virtual lessons to be marked present.
- Monday-Thursday: Students who attend virtual classes will be marked present.
- Friday: Students who complete the assignment for Friday and turn it in to Dojo or Google Classroom will be marked present.
- If your scholar is unable to attend school due to illness or other extenuating circumstances, please contact your child’s teacher and submit an absence note. (Absence Form Link)
- Grading: Students will receive letter grades. Grades will be based on a combination of student effort, classwork, and assessment grades. Students must turn in assignments on time in order to receive full credit. If you have questions about your child’s performance, please contact your child’s teacher.
- For more detailed information about our grading policies, please click here.
- Assessment: Teachers will regularly assess student progress. When students are taking assessments, family members should not assist students with the test or assignment so that the teacher can accurately gauge what the child has learned. If you want more information about what your child’s assessment scores, please contact your child’s teacher.
- For additional information, please see our student handbook here.
- We’re here to help!
- Technology Hotline: 202- 597-1248
- In person tech support: Monday, Wednesday & Friday from 8:30am-1:30pm
- Technology Resources: Please see our tech handbook that goes over key softwares that we use!
- Class Dojo
- Google Classroom
- Learning at Home
- Set up a quiet, clutter-free workspace. Make sure the TV and other distractions are turned off and away.
- Make sure your child logs in to their virtual classes on time. Set a timer to remind your student when class will begin.
- Allow your child to take brain breaks (take a dance break, sing a song, enjoy a healthy snack, etc.).
- Contact your child’s teacher if you need help! We want your child to succeed. Please let us know what we can do to help
This year, our meals will be provided by a new vendor, Preferred Meals! Our staff sampled the meals this summer and we were incredibly impressed. We know that our scholars will thoroughly enjoy the meal options that are available.
HOW TO ACCESS THE MEALS
Meal Kits are being provided for a 5 day period, and will be distributed every Friday from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm. Meals will be served frozen and shelf stable with detailed instructions on what goes together and how to reheat/prepare them. The meals are then to be consumed from Monday-Friday of the next week and then the next week’s kit will be picked up on the following Friday.
Meal Kits may only be picked up by enrolled scholars or an authorized parent/guardian on the blacktop area of the parking lot. Food service staff will be present to keep a record of what meals have been picked up and by whom. Meals will be distributed to the scholar OR the parent/guardian that is listed as the primary contact. If an additional person who is not your scholars’ parent/guardian of record needs to pick up meals for your scholar, please email our Kitchen Manager, Ms. Metri at firstname.lastname@example.org by 4pm on the Thursday proceeding the pickup day.
Beginning Thursday, September 24, 2020, DCPS will offer no cost meals to all DC youth age 18 and under at 47 schools across the District. During this period, youth are not required to be enrolled in DC Public Schools to receive meals. Youth and or parents/guardians on their behalf may receive up to 3 breakfast and 3 lunch meals daily. The meal sites will operate through December 31st, 2020. DCPS meal sites can be found here.
Also, the Department of Parks and Recreation is currently offering free grab-and-go afternoon meals for DC youth 18 and younger at 10 sites. These meals are available for any child that visits a site. DPR meal sites can be found here.