August 29, 2011

UPDATE: All DC Public Schools to Open Aug. 30 

Contingency Plans are in Place for One School that Remains without Power Monday; School Without Walls Students, Staff Expected to Report to Eastern High Aug. 30

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All DC Public Schools will open Tuesday, Aug. 30, including two schools that remain without power Monday, said DCPS Chancellor Kaya Henderson.

Two schools – the Oyster Building of Oyster-Adams Bilingual School in Ward 3 and Thomas Elementary in Ward 7 – remain without electricity Monday afternoon and DCPS has identified alternative school sites for Tuesday, Aug. 30 in case power is not restored to those schools this evening.

Families with students at the Oyster Building of Oyster-Adams Bilingual School and Thomas Elementary should adhere to the following pickup and drop-off procedures Tuesday morning and afternoon.

Parents should drop-off students at Oyster on Tuesday morning and pick them up from Oyster for afternoon dismissal. In the event power is not restored in time for classes on Tuesday, Aug. 30, Oyster students in pre-K to second grade will be relocated to the Adams campus of Oyster-Adams; Oyster students in third grade will be relocated to Marie Reed Elementary.

After drop-off Tuesday morning, students will be transported by bus to the Adams campus or Marie Reed Elementary depending on their grade level. At dismissal Tuesday, students will return from the Adams campus or Marie Reed and be dismissed from Oyster.

Thomas Elementary parents should drop-off and pickup students at Thomas on Tuesday morning and afternoon.Students in pre-K to second grade will be relocated to Kenilworth Elementary while students in grades 3-5 will be relocated to Cesar Chavez Public Charter School, 3701 Hayes Street NE, the school’s designated alternate site. Buses will transport younger students to Kenilworth Elementary, while students in grades 3-5 will walk as a group from Thomas Elementary to Cesar Chavez Public Charter School.

School Without Walls staff and students should plan to report to Eastern High again Tuesday, Aug. 30.

Families should continue to monitor the DCPS website, www.dcps.dc.gov, as well as DCPS social media (@DCPublicSchools on Twitter and facebook.com/dcpublicschools) for any updates. Families also can call the DCPS Critical Response Team at 202-478-5738.

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