Guiding Principles for Term 4 In-person learning:
- As a starting point, DCPS will maintain any classrooms that previously opened for in-person learning with the classroom teacher, CARE classrooms with a CARE supervisor, or self-contained special education in-person learning with the classroom teacher.
- Since we don’t have a waitlist, we will create and publish another survey which will ask if any virtual students or students in CARE classrooms would like to be considered for in-person instruction.
- If guidance from DC Health changes, aligned adjustments may be made within existing classrooms. For instance, if recommended cohort sizes increase, additional seats could be offered with existing classrooms. If the demand is great, we would consider opening additional cohorts. DCPS will be notifying principals of any such changes as they arise.
- To minimize scheduling disruption, if there is sufficient demand at Murch, I may choose to add additional classrooms and/or cohorts to in-person learning and/or make other adjustments to accommodate more students in Term 4. Any plan we create must be approved by our school’s Instructional Superintendent.
Process for adding additional in-person learning classrooms and/or other adjustments to accommodate for more students in term 4:
|Monday, March 1 – Thursday, March 18||Create and publish survey to determine:
If families who previously declined a seat are interested in having an in-person seat.
If families who currently have students in CARE classrooms would prefer to have an in-person seat.
For families who do not respond to the survey, we will reach out individually – we hope to have `100% participation so we have a clear understanding of demand for in-person seats for term 4.
|By Friday, March 19||Families will be notified to confirm which classrooms (teachers) and number of cohorts will be open starting in term 4. (Monday, April 19)
As a reminder, if any students who have accepted an in-person seat does not have up to date immunizations, entry to in-person learning cannot take place until all immunization records have been submitted to the school nurse.
|By Wednesday, March 31||Confirmation of term 4 in-person assignments will be shared with families.|
|Monday, April 19||Term 4 begins|
What are the recommended minimum thresholds to open an in-person cohort?
Pre-K 4 and Kindergarten: 6 students
1st – 5th grades: 7 students
Self-contained special education classrooms: 2 students
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