August 18, 2010
DCPS Launches New Initiatives to Ensure Seamless “Back to School” Season for DC Parents and Students
School system engages Critical Response Team and online resources to create smooth transition
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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Demonstrating a continued commitment to District families, District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) announced new tools aimed at providing a smooth transition into the 2010-2011 school year. Students return Aug. 23, and DCPS is working to ensure every parent and student has the information and support necessary to enroll and attend. The school system has established a comprehensive webpage and is utilizing the Critical Response Team (CRT) to help families navigate the district’s various services and requirements.
“Fall semester is right around the corner and we want to make sure all DCPS families have their questions answered and concerns addressed prior to the first day,” Mayor Adrian M. Fenty said. “With these tools, everything you need to know is just a few clicks or a phone call away.”
Information regarding the upcoming school year is available on the DCPS “First Day of School” webpage. There, parents and students can find everything from enrollment forms and applications for free and reduced meals, to immunization requirements and school supplies lists. The administration will add informational videos daily in both Spanish and English to the DCPS Youtube Channel, from now until the first day of school. The school system also posts information on the DCPS Twitter account (@dcpublicschools) and Facebook page.
In addition to online tools, DCPS is promoting the CRT to answer parents’ specific questions regarding the upcoming school year. The CRT can be reached weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at (202) 478-5738. CRT staff will relay feedback directly to DCPS Chancellor Michelle Rhee.
“As always, principals, nurses, and other school-based staff are on hand to answer questions and parents should not hesitate to reach out,” said Chancellor Rhee. “But the First Day of School page and Critical Response Team are available for those seeking additional assistance. With the help of these resources, I am confident that we are on track to have a safe and productive school year.”
DCPS will continue to use every means possible to support DC families as they prepare for the coming school year.