November 6, 2020
Dear Stoddert Families,
Although DCPS is no longer planning to offer In-Person Learning (IPL) beginning November 9, the district is committed to providing at least one CARE classroom at each elementary school and education campus, beginning on Wednesday, November 18. It’s very important for Stoddert families to clearly understand how a CARE classroom operates.
- Each CARE classroom will contain 10-11 students from varying grade levels.
- Each student will be seated and working virtually on a computer all day and will still be a member of his or her current virtual classroom.
- Each student’s instruction will be provided virtually by his or her current classroom teacher.
- CARE students will be required to wear a mask at all times.
- To minimize distraction, CARE students will be required to wear headphones at all times.
- Bag breakfast and bag lunch will be provided.
- Daily health screenings and temperature checks will be required for all CARE students and staff members.
Each DCPS elementary school and education campus will provide a minimum of one CARE classroom, depending upon staffing availability. If no school-based staff members are available – which is the case with Stoddert – DCPS will arrange for partner staff from 21st Century Learning Center (CCLC) to run CARE classrooms. If we are able to offer only one CARE classroom, it will be for students in 3rd-5th grades. If we are able to offer more than one CARE classroom, seats will also be offered to younger students.
DCPS is running a CARE seat lottery to determine which students will receive initial CARE seat offers.
First priority will go to those students who accepted In Person Learning (IPL) seats, followed by the same prioritization that was used for IPL seat offers: students experiencing homelessness, students with IEPs and English Language Learners, at-risk students, and all other students.
There will be two CCLC employees for each CARE classroom: one lead CARE facilitator, and one CARE relief provider. These CCLS employees will not be providing instruction to CARE students. Instead, their main role will be to support and manage behavior and maintain a safe learning environment.
I look forward to seeing you at our next PTO meeting on Wednesday, November 11. At that meeting Lucie, Jorge, AP Villegas and I will give a summary of the building walkthrough that was conducted on Thursday, October 29.
As always, thanks for your continued support.