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Welcome Back to DC Bilingual!

Head of School Message | August 14, 2020

 
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Hello DC Bilingual community,

Welcome back to school! We have missed you very much and are excited to see you again, and to meet our new families. In just over two weeks, we will begin the new school year together in the virtual model. We are so proud of all the hard work of our staff to create a rigorous, virtual learning plan in parallel with our return-to-campus plan. We have taken into account family feedback shared via the end-of-year survey and extensive consultation with educators across the city. DC Bilingual’s virtual learning plan provides all of us—students, teachers, and families—with a clear path for the start of a great school year.

Since the spring, we have updated learning platforms, planned for more small group offerings, and created clear, student-friendly instructions for families to support their students’ engagement while remote. Students typically spend all of their elementary years (PK3-5th) preparing to become independent with assignments and online content in 6th grade. Therefore, students, especially younger students, will require support from families to access virtual content. You can learn more about the ways you can support your child during this time at our upcoming Welcome Back Expo, described below.

As you plan for how to support your learner at home during term 1 of the 2020-21 school year, we ask that you review this Head of School message in full. Further, we invite you to attend one of the upcoming events in which we will answer your questions and talk in more detail about the opening weeks of school.

Next week, on August 18 and August 20, DC Bilingual will host a series of virtual town halls where leadership will discuss our plans for virtual learning and class schedules in detail. These town halls will also provide an opportunity for families to ask questions regarding learning plans and the beginning of the school year. Each session will cover the same topics. If you haven’t already, please RSVP HERE for the day/time that works best for your schedule/language. For those unable to attend, we will post recordings of the town halls to our website—one in English and one in Spanish.

Then, on Thursday, August 27 from 9:00AM to 4:00PM, we invite you to join us at our Welcome Back Expo. The expo will take place on the school’s outdoor blacktop and will be a perfect opportunity for you and your child to see teachers and school staff in a safe, festive setting. At the expo, we will provide families with all of the materials and information you need to have a successful term 1 virtual learning experience. Please review our expo flyer before coming to ensure a safe process for everyone.

Virtual Learning Overview

Click the images below to review the virtual learning overview for the upcoming term at DC Bilingual. This information will be discussed in detail during the virtual town hall meetings next week, so be sure to RSVP if you have not done so already.

DC Bilingual Childcare Policy


Please review DC Bilingual’s updated childcare cooperative (learning pods) and staff solicitation policy in advance of the new school year. You may view the policy here.

DC Bilingual Head of School was a Panelist on Education Webinar

Earlier this week DC Bilingual Head of School Daniela Anello joined Flamboyan Foundation as a panelist for their webinar, “Listen, Learn, Lead II: Voices from our Schools”, an interactive conversation with a diverse group of DC educators to learn more about what they are experiencing during COVID-19, and what they are hearing through their ongoing work with families. If you were unable to attend, you can watch a recording of the webinar online.

Free and Reduced Meal Application


1. Do I have to fill out a form again? I did this last year. 
YES, every year there is a new form released in July.

2. My child(ren) will not be eating lunch. Do I have to fill one out?
YES. Schools rely on Free & Reduced Lunch data to determine funding and resources beyond just school food.

3. I do not want to be eligible for benefits. Do I have to fill one out?
YES. See above.

4. Where do I get a form? 
Download the form on our website here: https://bit.ly/FARM2020 

5. How do I do it? 
Follow the instructions found here: https://bit.ly/30MwuVd 

6. What next?
Take a picture of the filled-out form and send to foodandwellness@dcbilingual.org or text the photo to 202-870-8158 

Thank you!

DC Bilingual PTA Announcements

  • The PTA announces a number of initiatives to help connect families and to organize efforts to support our community, including a new Facebook page, and Room Bee and Helper Bee programs. Please complete our membership form to join a committee or to learn more about these initiatives. 
  • On Tuesday, August 25 at 8:30pm, the PTA will host a Meet and Greet on Zoom for new DC Bilingual families. Register here for this event.

Main Office Updates

Effective in the 2020-2021 school year, DC Bilingual is required to implement the city’s updated immunization attendance policy.

Please submit your health & up-to-date immunization forms as soon as possible for processing. Below are your  options:

  1. Enrollment platform: https://dcbilingual.org/enroll-at-dcb/
  2. Submit via email to enrollment@dcbilingual.org 
  3. Mail to the school: Attn: Main Office, 33 Riggs Rd. NE, Washington, DC 20011

With respect to any student that lacks up to date immunizations, DC Bilingual will notify the parent or guardian in writing, if the student cannot present necessary immunizations, they will only be allowed to do 100% virtual learning. DC Bilingual will not permit the student inside the school building until they have met compliance standards.

Below are resources regarding the District of Columbia's immunization requirements and we encourage you to visit the Department of Health's website to learn more:  

  1. Immunization Requirements
  2. DC Pediatric Immunization Locations

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