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First Day of School

photo of students at school

The 2014-2015 School Year begins on Monday, August 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).

Complete Your Child’s Health Forms to Enroll

In order to complete enrollment, your child’s school must receive the following required 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 are part of the Complete Enrollment Package.

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

Complete Medication Forms 

Visit the Health & Wellness section of DCPS.dc.gov to review our services.  Complete the following forms prior to the first day of school.

  • Medication and Treatment Authorization Form
  • Consent to Share Student Health Records
  • Asthma Action Plan
  • Anaphylaxis Action Plan

Apply for FARM or Meal Accommodations

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.   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. Learn more about our school meals, pricing and special accommodations

Attend Early Childhood Transition Week - Elementary School Students (Grades pre-K to 5)

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 according to last name: 

  • 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.

Connect with Sexual Health Services at School - Secondary School Students  (Grades 5-12)

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 review these services and be prepared to discuss this screening with your child in advance of the screening.

Spruce up a School on Beautification Day

Join fellow DCPS parents at the our annual Beautification Day. 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, or volunteer as a site manager for a school and help spread the word!