First Day of School


The 2014-2015 School Year begins on Monday, Aug. 25. As you prepare your child for a successful start to the new school year, be sure to review the important reminders below for elementary school students (Grades pre-K to 5) and secondary school students (Grades 6-12).

K-12 school supply list

Elementary School (Grades pre-K to 5)


 

Complete Your Child’s Health Forms to Enroll

In order to complete enrollment, your child’s school must receive the following health forms. (If you have an upcoming medical appointment where these forms will be completed, please provide written confirmation from your medical provider of this appointment.) Immunizations must be current to attend school. 

Universal Health Certificate: This documents your child’s immunizations, tuberculosis assessment, and physical exam completed within 365 days from the start of school. Every child less than 6 years of age must be tested twice for blood lead poisoning. Testing must be completed, regardless of exposure risk, and documented on this form. This form is required every year for all DCPS students in all grades.              

Oral Health Assessment: This documents your child’s most recent visit to the dentist and identifies any need your child may have for additional oral health services. This form is required every year for all DCPS students in all grades.

These health forms can be downloaded here.

Need health or dental insurance? You may qualify for Medicaid or subsidized health insurance. Visit https://dchealthlink.com for more information. 

Youngest Learners: Get Ready for Early Childhood Transition Week

The first week of school for PK3 and PK4 students is known as Early Childhood Transition Week (ECTW). This year, ECTW will begin with home visits from Aug. 25-27. PK3 and PK4 students will not go to school on these days. Your child’s teacher will reach out to you and set up a time to meet with you either in your home or community. Then, on Aug. 28 and 29, children will come to school in two small groups (see below for the date your child will attend).

  • Children whose last name begins with the letters A-K will attend school on Thursday, Aug. 28.
  • Children whose last name begins with the letters L-Z will attend school on Friday, Aug. 29.
  • All PK3 and PK4 students will attend school together starting on Tuesday, Sept. 2.

Additional information is available on the DCPS website. Children enrolled in a Montessori school or program may have a different schedule. Please contact your school directly for more information.

Serving up Delicious and Nutritious Meals at Your School

DCPS offers nutritious, appetizing breakfasts and lunches each school day; and, most schools also offer a light supper or snack to students attending DCPS after-school programming.  

For the 2014-2015 School Year, 77 schools have been certified for the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP), which allows all students at those schools to receive free lunch. School breakfast, after-school snack and after-school supper are free for all students.  For students attending schools not listed under the CEP, households must fill out a Free and Reduced Meal (FARM) Application to be eligible for free lunch. DCPS lunches are $2.10 for elementary students and $2.60 for secondary students. As of Oct. 1, 2014, all students in non-CEP schools who have not submitted an application will automatically be required to pay for lunch meals.

To find out if your school is certified for CEP and your student will receive free lunch, and/or to fill out a FARM application, click here.

Roll up Your Sleeves, Spruce up a School on Beautification Day

Join fellow DCPS parents at the 10th Annual Beautification Day on Saturday, Aug. 23 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.  This event offers the perfect opportunity to get to know other families and the staff at your child’s school. Volunteers will be cleaning, gardening and painting at schools throughout the District. Register online now at dcps.dc.gov/DCPS/BDAY2014, or sign up as a Site Manager for a school and help spread the word!

Other Important Information for Elementary School Families

Secondary School (Grades 5-12)


 

Complete Your Child’s Health Forms to Enroll

In order to complete enrollment, your child’s school must receive the following health forms. (If you have an upcoming medical appointment where these forms will be completed, please provide written confirmation from your medical provider of this appointment.) Immunizations must be current to attend school. 

Universal Health Certificate: This documents your child’s immunizations, tuberculosis assessment, and physical exam completed within 365 days from the start of school. Every child less than 6 years of age must be tested twice for blood lead poisoning. Testing must be completed, regardless of exposure risk, and documented on this form. This form is required every year for all DCPS students in all grades.              

Oral Health Assessment: This documents your child’s most recent visit to the dentist and identifies any need your child may have for additional oral health services. This form is required every year for all DCPS students in all grades.

These health forms can be downloaded here.

Need health or dental insurance? You may qualify for Medicaid or subsidized health insurance. Visit https://dchealthlink.com for more information.

Connect with Sexual Health Services at School

DCPS partners with the DC Department of Health (DOH) to offer free, voluntary chlamydia and gonorrhea screenings once a year at each high school. HIV testing is also offered at select high schools. Before each screening event, schools send home specific information about the services being offered to students. Please look for this information, and be prepared to discuss this screening with your child in advance of the screening.

DCPS also has adopted DOH’s Wrap MC Condom program in all high schools, where trained school staff provide condoms to students as part of a comprehensive health education program for students in grades 9-12. In some schools, students also have been trained to provide condoms, and condoms are available through the school nurse as well.

More information about both programs is available here 

Serving up Delicious and Nutritious Meals at Your School

DCPS offers nutritious, appetizing breakfasts and lunches each school day; and, most schools also offer a light supper or snack to students attending DCPS after-school programming.  

For the 2014-2015 School Year, 77 schools have been certified for the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP), which allows all students at those schools to receive free lunch. School breakfast, after-school snack and after-school supper are free for all students.  For students attending schools not listed under the CEP, households must fill out a Free and Reduced Meal (FARM) Application to be eligible for free lunch. DCPS lunches are $2.10 for elementary students and $2.60 for secondary students. As of Oct. 1, 2014, all students in non-CEP schools who have not submitted an application will automatically be required to pay for lunch meals.

To find out if your school is certified for CEP and your student will receive free lunch, and/or to fill out a FARM application, click here.

Roll up Your Sleeves, Spruce up a School on Beautification Day

Join fellow DCPS parents at the 10th Annual Beautification Day on Saturday, Aug. 23 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.  This event offers the perfect opportunity to get to know other families and the staff at your child’s school. Volunteers will be cleaning, gardening and painting at schools throughout the District. Register online now at dcps.dc.gov/DCPS/BDAY2014, or sign up as a Site Manager for a school and help spread the word!

Other Important Information for Elementary School

 

Notice of Non-Discrimination. In accordance with state and federal laws, the District of Columbia Public Schools does not discriminate or tolerate discrimination against employees, applicants for employment, or students on the basis of actual or perceived race, color, religion, national origin, sex (including pregnancy), age, marital status, personal appearance, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, family status, family responsibilities, matriculation, political affiliation, genetic information, disability, source of income, status as a victim of an interfamily offense, or place of residence or business. DCPS also prohibits harassment based on any of the aforementioned protected traits and retaliation against a person because he or she has complained about discrimination, filed a charge of discrimination, or participated in a discrimination investigation or lawsuit. Employees found to have engaged in prohibited discrimination, harassment, or retaliation will be subject to disciplinary action.

For the full text and additional information, visit http://dcps.dc.gov/DCPS/Notice+of+Non-Discrimination.

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