Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates and Resources
This page will be constantly updated – please check it frequently! Scroll down past the updates for helpful resources that families can use.
This is an uncertain and difficult time for many, and PAVE wants to hear how the Coronavirus (COVID-19) is impacting you and your family.
Este es un tiempo incierto y difícil para muchos, y PAVE quiere saber cómo el Coronavirus (COVID-19) está impactándolo a usted y su familia.
WANT TO HELP?
- Volunteer at Capital Area Food Bank or Martha’s Table (please stay home if you are unwell)
- Join the DC Medical Reserve Corps (open to anyone healthy 18 and over)
- Reach out to us at email@example.com for more information!
- For consistent updates from the Mayor, visit the Mayor’s website on Coronavirus.
From the Mayor & DC Council
- 4/9: DC Council approves a second emergency COVID-19 Response measure.
- 4/9: DCPS announces that all school-sponsored summer travel is cancelled.
- 3/30: Mayor Bowser issues a stay-at-home order for DC, starting on Wednesday, 4/1.
- 3/20: All DCPS and public charter schools are closed until April 24th, reopening Monday, April 27th.
- 3/17: DC Council unanimously approves an emergency COVID-19 Response measure.
PAVE Meeting Updates
- 3/12 Ward 7 PLE Board, 3/16 Ward 1 PLE Board, 3/17 La reunión de Mesa Directiva de Padres Latinos, 3/19 Special Education PLE Board, and 3/21 Ward 4 PLE Board meetings were all held this month via Zoom! Thank you to our parent leaders for never skipping a beat in the advocacy for ALL children!
- ALL April PLE Board Meetings (Wards 1, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, and citywide) will also be held via Zoom. The organizing team will follow up with details!
- Beginning 3/25: 19 Metro stations will close.
- Beginning 3/16: Metro operating on a reduced schedule.
- 3/16-4/27: All Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) facilities will be closed.
- 3/16-4/27: DC government will operate under an agency-specific telework schedule, with the intent to continue to deliver essential services and to keep critical systems and services operating.
- 3/16-4/27: DC Public Libraries are closed.
- Mayor Bowser has encouraged public charter schools and daycare facilities to close on the same schedule as DCPS.
- 3/13 as of 8:00 am, DCPS schools will be CLOSED:
- March 17-23 for Spring Break
- March 24-31 Distance Learning begins
- For information on DCPS Distance Learning: https://dcps.dc.gov/coronavirus#distance
DCPS prepared printed packets of learning materials for every grade level from Pre-K through 8th grade and each graduation requirement course for 9-12th grade. These activities will continue classroom learning at home and engage students during a period of school closure. These materials were designed to meet the needs of all students including English Learners and students with special needs. DCPS families can pick up hardcopies of distance learning printed materials at their school on the following days between 8:30 am and 2 pm: Thursday, March 19; Friday, March 20; and Monday, March 23. Due to the extended school closure timeline, we will also have a second round of packet pick-up days on March 31 and April 1 to support your child’s learning through April 24. More information will be shared at a later date.
Instructional materials will be available online starting Friday, March 20.
- Schools reopen Monday, April 27
- FOR FAMILIES EXPERIENCING FOOD INSECURITY: Click to use the COVID-19 DC Student Meal Finder
- The finder includes all school sites serving meals to ALL STUDENTS, including both DCPS and public charter school sites. Families needing meals for their students may pick them up at any of these locations regardless of the school they attend.
- 3/11 as of 10:30 am: DCPS schools will be CLOSED on Monday, March 16 and OPEN on Friday, March 13.
- DCPS schools were originally set to be closed on Friday and open on Monday.
- From DCPS: “Instructional contingency plans are underway that will allow meaningful, relevant learning to take place in the event that schools are closed for an extended period of time. We are developing resources for every level in grades PK-8 and for each graduation requirement course for grades 9-12. These resources will be available both in print and online and accessible to every family.”
- Helpful language from Mayra Cruz, Principal at Oyster Adams Bilingual School: You may be wondering how to address [school closures] with your children and I know that can be difficult during uncertain times. I encourage you to remember three things when speaking to children about the potential of school closures:
- 1. Less is more.
- 2. Keep it simple.
- 3. Focus on the present.
- This may sound like, “The big change is that you don’t have school on Monday instead of Friday,” or “The teacher work day was rescheduled to Monday the 16th instead of Friday the 20th, let’s change it on our calendar.”
- If your child has more questions consider watching the BrainPop video together and/or the NPR comic for kids and again, keep it simple. “You don’t need to worry about that, adults have a plan, your only job is to have fun with friends, wash your hands, and learn at school.”
DCPS School Closures
- 4/27: DCPS school buildings re-open
- 3/24-4/24: All DCPS schools will continue instruction through Distance Learning
- 3/17-4/24: ALL DCPS school buildings are closed to students AND staff
- 3/16: ALL DCPS schools are closed to students for professional development
DC Public Charter School Closures
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- PAVE Post: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resources and Updates
- The Mayor’s website on Coronavirus
- DCPS website on Coronavirus
- DCPCSB website on Coronavirus
- DCPL Library at Home
- OSSE District-wide Childcare Disaster Response Plan
- FAQ Resource for DC Families (The Office of the Deputy Mayor for Education)
- DC’s Sick & Safe Leave Law (DC Department of Employment Services)
- List of education organizations providing free services because of COVID-19
- A list of products that have been pre-approved for use against COVID-19 (US Environmental Protection Agency)
- 8 Questions Parents May Have About Coronavirus (The New York Times)
- Preventing the Spread of Coronavirus in Homes and Residential Communities (Center for Disease Control)
- Responding to Children’s Emotional Needs During Times of Crisis (American Academy of Pediatrics)
- The DCPS Instructional Continuity page is now available for all! Click LEARNERS to view and download student-facing distance learning plans for students from PK-12 in social studies and all content areas – no other tech needed!
Just For Kids
- Just For Kids: A Comic Exploring The New Coronavirus (NPR)
- BookFlix: Pairs high-quality children’s video storybooks with factual ebooks for pre-schoolers, kindergartners and beginning readers. Related games and puzzles reinforce early reading skills and build curiosity about the world. Algunos títulos en español.
- You need a DC Library card to access this resource. Don’t have one? Get one here! Also, note: DCPL is offering FREE digital resources during the next 90 days!
- From the Smithsonian: Distance Learning Resources!
- Free resources from Scholastic: Daily courses for kids at home!
- A list of free resources to keep the learning going from our partners at New Schools Venture Fund.
- Virtual field trips: check out a long list of virtual museums you can tour from home!
- Virtual Museum Tours: visit museums from London to Seoul!
- Afternoon Adventures: everything from veterinarians to kids yoga!
- Kennedy Center: Lunch Doodles with Education Artist-in-Resident Mo Williams!
- Junior Achievement: Free online resources!
- Reading Partners: Virtual Story Time!
- Story Time from Space: ’nuff said!
- Podcasts: Get Smart’s On Learning at Home by Rachel Wigglesworth, NPR’s Coronavirus and Parenting, and Turnaround for Children’s Coronavirus: Keeping Our Children and Ourselves Safe with Dr. Pamela Cantor.
- SEL Resources to help teachers, parents, and students navigate COVID19 from Second Step and SEL mini video lessons.
- Mental Health Resources from our partners at AJE and a Colorado school psychologist offering free online classes for students.
- For families of little ones: creating Learning Centers at home and family play plans.
- A List of Helpful Online Learning Resources from our funder, New School Venture Fund.
- The Together Pandemic Parent: from the same team that put together The Together Teacher in order to help parents manage work and having kids at home.
- A Giant List of Ideas Being Home with Kids: we really mean GIANT.
- Keep your child on track while school is closed: with this roadmap to help with math, reading, life skills, and more!
- DCPS Parent University: free online workshops for parents – register here!
For Families of Children With Special Needs
- FAQ Resource: Learn about schools’ obligations to children with disabilities during the COVID-19 pandemic.
- “If an LEA continues to provide educational opportunities to the general student population during a school closure, the school must ensure that students with disabilities also have equal access to the same opportunities…”
- “…schools must ensure that, to the greatest extent possible, each student with a disability can be provided the special education and related services identified in the student’s IEP developed under IDEA, or a plan developed under Section 504.”
- Even MORE information at the link above!
- Advocates for Justice and Education Hotline is STILL OPEN!
- (202) 678-8060 or toll-free at (888) 327-8060
- Department of Education guidance on COVID, Distance Learning, and IDEA.
- A list of apps for students with special needs from Edutopia.
For Families Experiencing Food Insecurity
- Expensify is reimbursing SNAP families for up to $50 worth of groceries.
- Use Food Finder to locate free food resources around the city.
- Home delivered meals for seniors and the disabled.
- Martha’s Table has eight grocery distribution centers throughout the city.
For Families Who Do Not Have Access to Health Insurance
- DCHealthLink.com has a special enrollment period so that families without insurance can get covered now.
- If you live in DC and are uninsured, call (855) 532-5465 and DC Health Link will help you get covered!
- NPR’s “But Why? Coronavirus for Kids and the Science of Soap” to help your child learn about the virus and how to keep themselves healthy.
- Children’s National Hospital and Trinity Washington University are offering drive through coronavirus testing sites for kids – with a doctor’s referral.
For Families Who Do Not Have Access to the Internet
- Register for three months of FREE internet by enrolling in Internet Essentials
- Enroll in Internet Essentials by calling (855) 846-8376 or visiting internetessentials.com
- En Español: 1-855-765-6995
- Call 202-CONNECT after you have been approved and received your first bill.
- More information at this link!
- You don’t need to wait for someone to come set up your internet connection! You can set it up yourself!
- From Comcast: “We’ll send all new customers a free self-install kit that includes a cable modem with a Wi-Fi router. There will be no term contract or credit check and no shipping fee.”
- Starting 3/25: 19 Metro stations are closing indefinitely.
- Starting 3/16: Metro operating on a reduced schedule.
- Monday-Friday: Trains will operate every 12 minutes on each line throughout the day. The rail system will maintain normal hours, opening at 5 a.m.
- Saturday: Trains will operate every 12 minutes on each line, with service from 7 a.m. until 1 a.m. (normal Saturday service).
- Sunday: Trains will operate every 15 minutes on each line, with service from 8 a.m. until 11:00 p.m. (normal Sunday service).
- On weekdays, bus service will operate on a Saturday supplemental schedule. Weekend bus schedules are unchanged.
- 3/11: WMATA recommends people over 60 stay home.
- Metro’s Pandemic Task Force has been working closely since January with public health officials and jurisdictional partners, as well as with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), whose guidance we are following. Their current advice is to stay close to home if you are over 60, or are not feeling well; and to wash your hands often. Also, people who are sick are asked not to take public transportation at this time.
- In addition to the measures Metro takes every day, we’ve stepped up deep cleaning and disinfecting railcars, stations, bathrooms, buses, and MetroAccess vehicles. Our staged pandemic response plan includes preparing for any service changes that may be required based on the CDC’s guidance and regional public health requirements for our employees and customers.
- Uber is offering a 25% discount for students/families traveling to any DCPS and public charter school meal distribution site. Use promo code: DCPS2020
Paid Sick Leave and Unemployment
- At-Large Councilmember Silverman’s Office shared this helpful resource about accessing paid sick leave, unpaid leave, and unemployment benefits.
- Has your water been cut off? If so, DC Water can reinstate service for all homes that were disconnected prior to the coronavirus shutdowns. But you must call them – it is upon request!