August 23, 2010

DCPS Students Return For First Day of School 

District of Columbia Public Schools kicked off the 2010-2011 academic year today by welcoming tens of thousands of student back to 125 schools.

Contact: Safiya Jafari Simmons | (202) 480-0857

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Mayor Adrian M. Fenty and Chancellor Michelle Rhee welcome the new school year at J.O. Wilson Elementary. | Photo by Vikrum Aiyer
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Mayor Adrian M. Fenty and Chancellor Michelle Rhee welcome the new school year at J.O. Wilson Elementary. | Photo by Vikrum Aiyer
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Mayor Adrian M. Fenty and Chancellor Michelle Rhee welcome the new school year at J.O. Wilson Elementary. | Photo by Vikrum Aiyer
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Mayor Adrian M. Fenty and Chancellor Michelle Rhee welcome the new school year at J.O. Wilson Elementary. | Photo by Vikrum Aiyer
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Mayor Adrian M. Fenty and Chancellor Michelle Rhee welcome the new school year at J.O. Wilson Elementary. | Photo by Vikrum Aiyer

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District of Columbia Public Schools kicked off the 2010-2011 academic year today by welcoming tens of thousands of student back to 125 schools.

Excited parents and students commented on how quickly the summer seemed to pass, but were eager to start the year.

Many students across the district returned to newly renovated buildings and classrooms. Anacostia and Wilson high school students settled in to new spaces, while modernizations continued on their facilities.

The success of the first day this year was the culmination of DCPS’ months-long outreach and communications plan. This summer, Central Office staff went door-to-door canvassing more than a thousand new DCPS families who have children entering Pre-K and preschool. Parents were also kept informed via a dedicated webpage – that included informational, bilingual videos, as well as through the DCPS Facebook and Twitter feeds.

DCPS remains committed to ensuring its students and parents have a smooth transition back to school. The Critical Response Team (CRT) has been on duty since 6 a.m. today with a dedicated phone number that community members may call to receive answers to their remaining questions. The CRT will continue to staff the hotline number during the school year to resolve any problems that may arise during the school year.

To find out more about what’s new this year, or how to get additional information, visit DCPS’ website or call the CRT at 202-478-5738.

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