Good evening Murch Families,
I hope you are doing well and looking forward to the holiday weekend where we celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. He was and is one of America’s most influential American civil rights leaders, well-known for his campaigns to end racial segregation and for racial equality in the United States. This January 18, I hope we can all reflect on the work that still needs to be done to ensure racial equality and equity in our school system, schools, and classrooms.
Stating the obvious, there is so much information being shared throughout DCPS and we are feverishly planning for in-person learning which will start on February 1st. Because of our strong Murch community, families, and committed staff members, I am confident about our ability to make a plan that addresses the needs of our most vulnerable students and our staff’s ability to deliver a quality in-person learning plan.
First, if you chose for your child to continue “virtual” on the term 3 survey, he/she will be.
Second, if you chose for your child to be enrolled in a CARES classroom, that request will be honored.
If you chose in-person learning, (not CARES) there are a several things we are currently working on which will determine final class rosters for in-person learning.
- All students in the prioritized group who accepted an in-person seat for term 2 and have and completed the term 3 survey stating you wanted an in-person seat, will receive one.
- Next, we call all other parents who are in the prioritized group to see if they would like to accept a seat as well. Once we have completed these two stages of the process, we move into the general pool of students whose parents requested in-person learning but are not in the prioritized group.
- Every student, prioritized and general pool, receives a lottery number. Per class roster, we highlight the first eleven names of the students who have the 11 highest numbers in the lottery.
- If this initial group of eleven select in-person, that class becomes a cohort and we are done with that class.
- Then we move on to the next class roster.
- For students who were not selected for in-person learning, they will remain on a waitlist.
- If all seats are not filled using the first eleven lottery slots or for whatever reason a seat becomes available, we go to the waitlist, the next number, and contact parents of that student to see if the in-person seat will be accepted.
- When the process has been completed for each classroom, you will know what your placement is. We are determining the best way to communicate this to everyone.
- If you have not yet completed the survey and would like to, I have extended the deadline to tomorrow morning at 8:00 am.
Details about in-person learning (safety precautions, schedule, technology, etc.) will be presented via Microsoft TEAMS presentations starting next week in the evening. There will be multiple evening presentations. Meeting links will be sent to you on Sunday for your convenience.
We anticipate having all class rosters finalized by close of business on Friday, January 15th and we will communicate this to you prior meetings being held next week. We are doing our best to get this information to you asap so you can make whatever decisions you need to for your child and family.
I hope you enjoy the rest of your evening.