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Greetings Pre-K Parents,

It has been such a pleasure getting to know you and your child and seeing the joy of our Pre-K students in their classrooms during these first weeks of school! We are writing to share with you some information about Pre-K learning resources that are available to you and your child and share important guidance for our Pre-K families on COVID-19 protocols for our littlest learners.

Family Resource Guide

We encourage you to visit our DCPS Pre-K Family Toolkit for information about your student’s experience and classroom learning standards for this year. The Toolkit also includes a variety of easy-to-implement activities that you can do with your child to support learning at home and in the community. These activities have been designed to accommodate families’ busy lives and include tips for ways that you can promote learning while doing everyday activities.

COVID-19 Protocols

Chancellor Ferebee has previously shared some important information [found here] with all DCPS families about what happens when an individual tests positive for COVID-19 and how our schools respond. We follow DC Health's guidance on how to respond to any positive COVID-19 case in our school. Your children have been doing a great job with our hygiene protocols - wearing their masks, maintaining appropriate distance from their friends, and regularly washing their hands. Thank you! We appreciate the hard work of all of our families in helping prevent the spread of COVID-19. DCPS has a layered approach to preventing the spread of COVID-19 based on three key pillars: prevent; screen; and inform. You can read more about the measures in place, like enhanced air filtration, universal masking, no-symptoms screening tests, and our response protocols at https://dcpsreopenstrong.com/health/.

In the event that a brief shift to virtual instruction is needed, however, we are prepared and we want you to know what to expect. During virtual instruction, children will participate in regular live whole-class, small-group, and individual virtual lessons using Microsoft Teams. We will also schedule weekly virtual check-ins with you, as your schedule allows, to touch base on how your child is doing and how we can support you. Students will also have access to a variety of online learning resources to support learning from home through the Pre-K Family Toolkit, Seesaw, and Hatch. We kindly ask that you reach out directly to your student’s teachers to gain more information around how they will be using Seesaw and Hatch to support learning.

As always, please reach out if you have any questions. We are thrilled to be providing a safe and joyful academic experience for your child this year.