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COVID-19 Updates and Resources

June 01 2020 | School News

COVID-19 CLOSURE UPDATE: All five DC Prep campuses ended distance learning on May 29th. We will finalize our calendar for SY20-21 using questions and feedback from our families, information about DCPS’s start date, and health guidance from the City. We will continue to update this page and our social media channels with information on SY20-21 as it becomes available.

DC Prep's Distance Learning website is live! Check it out for great content to support your child’s learning—instructional videos, links to the hard copy packets we have distributed to date and more! 

To submit a question, comment, or concern regarding DC Prep's COVID-19 response, please
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COVID-19 Resources:

General fact sheet
FAQs on COVID-19 and Children

• National Association of Public Charter Schools: Resources on How to Talk to Kids about the Coronavirus (multiple resources within folder)
• Just For Kids: A Comic Exploring The New Coronavirus (Source: NPR)

Ongoing Learning Resources:

An Open Book Foundation is compiling online learning resources, performances, videos, and activities for students: Educator Resource List - March 2020 

Distance Learning Resources from DC Public Library and The Library at Home 

Sesame Street's "Caring for Each Other" Project -  Sesame Workshop's Caring for Each Other initiative marks the beginning of a commitment to support families during the COVID-19 health crisis with a broad variety of free resources.

Government Resources: 

DC Department of Health Coronavirus Landing Page
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website 

Family Support Resources 

Food Distribution: 
Comprehensive Meal Sites list from Mayor Bowser's Office 
DC Food Project - includes information on free DCPS meals, other meal sites, and how to help in the community 
Martha's Table (Distribution sites are listed under "Joyful Food Markets") 
DC Dream Center hot meal pickup (information on Twitter) 

Citywide Resources for Meals (May Update). The city is finalizing its pandemic electronic benefits transfer program (P-EBT) to allow families who qualify for free & reduced meals to receive a $28.50 weekly benefit that can be used at grocery stores for the duration of school closures. District families with eligible children who have an EBT card for SNAP or TANF benefits will have P-EBT benefits automatically loaded onto their existing cards. Families without a card will be mailed an EBT card pre-loaded with benefits. Edgewood families who were not eligible for free or reduced meals in mid-March – if your income level has changed, you can complete a National School Lunch Program eligibility form and submit it to billings@dcprep.org. Click here for the eligibility form. If you need assistance to complete it, please contact your school’s operations manager (Mr. Liburd – EMC or Ms. Fernandez – EEC).

Recursos de la Ciudad para Comidas. La ciudad está finalizando su programa de transferencia de beneficios electrónicos por la pandemia (P-EBT) para permitirle a familias quiénes califican para las comidas gratis y reducidas para recibir $28.50 por semana y que pueden ser usados en las tiendas de abarrotes "grocery stores" durante la duración del cierre de escuelas. Las familias del Distrito con niños elegibles quiénes tengan una tarjeta de beneficios "EBT para SNAP o TANF tendrán los beneficios "P-EBT" automáticamente depositados en sus tarjetas existentes. Las familias sin una tarjeta recibirán en el correo una tarjeta "EBT" con los beneficios previamente depositados. Las familias de Edgewood quiénes no son elegibles para las comidas gratis o reducidas a mitad de marzo – si su nivel de salario ha cambiado, usted puede completar una solicitud de elegibilidad para el Programa Nacional de Almuerzos Escolares y entregarla a billings@dcprep.org. Haga clic aquí para obtener el formulario de elegibilidad. Si usted necesita asistencia para completarlo, por favor contacte a su gerente de operaciones de escuela (Mr. Liburd – EMC o Ms. Fernandez – EEC).

Internet Support: Comcast is offering FREE access to its "internet essentials" over the next two months.

*A limited number of high-quality low-cost refurbished computers is available from Wildtech, a non-profit organization dedicated to bridging the digital divide in our area. Wildtech will take orders, invoice via PayPal, and ship computers to the desired addresses, all within a few days. The computers cost between $75 and $95 and include basic software as well as Wi-Fi. More information here. 

Mental Health Supports: 
The Department of Behavioral Health has a 24 hour line for anyone who has mental health concerns for themselves or someone else (1-888-793-4357).

Free Mindfulness Resources via Calm - includes meditations, "Calm Kids", and sleep stories

Staff Resources

FAQs for DC Prep staff members
FAQs for DC Prep managers 

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