This morning, Mayor Bowser held a press conference and shared updates as to next steps for DCPS.  The announcement included the following two points:

  1. Summer Bridge is now all virtual.  There will be no in person learning. 
  2. On July 31st, the Mayor will announce how DCPS will be starting the school year for 2020-2021. There is no official decision as of today, July 16.  This decision will be based on health metrics in the city.

Summer Bridge
The Summer Bridge program for rising 3rd grade students has shifted to an all virtual experience. There will be no in person learning component for Summer Bridge. Given that we just found out about this shift in the format, we don’t yet have any other updates. If you have registered for Summer Bridge, please be on the lookout for additional information as it becomes available.

School Opening
At this time, the Mayor announced that the decision on how to open school in August will be made on July 31st.  Chancellor Ferebee shared that if health metrics allow, DCPS is planning to implement a hybrid model of schooling. He shared that families will have the choice of opting into either an all virtual model of schooling or a hybrid model of schooling. While the hybrid model is not yet solidified, here are the details that were shared:
            Hybrid Model

  • Students would be placed into cohorts of approximately 11 students.
  • Students would attend two days of in-person learning (either Monday/Tuesday, or Thursday/Friday).
  • Wednesday there would be no students in the building to allow for deep cleaning.
  • While students would have 2 days of in person learning, the other 3 days would be virtual.
  • PK families would only have the option for the hybrid model, not the “virtual only” option.

Please note that there are many scheduling and operational details that need to be worked out for a hybrid model. At this time, I do not have information as to how students will be placed into cohorts.

School is going to be different than what we probably expect and hope for but it will be ok. Together, we can do anything. As always, I pledge to you that all of the staff at Ross will work diligently to educate the children in our care.

I appreciate your patience, your trust, and your willingness to work together in a positive, solution-oriented fashion to ensure that we open the school year strong – in whatever form or fashion.  Remember that our children are looking to us for our leadership and reactions to the world around us. 
As always, don’t hesitate to reach out if you have further questions. Take good care (and wear a mask!)
Principal Searl