DCPS Coronavirus Closure

DCPS Schools Closed for the Year

Distance Learning  |  Specials  |  Polite Piggy’s  |  For Families  |  Enrollment/Lottery  |  Health Info

Distance Learning will continue through May 29, which is now the last day of the school year. The building and playground are closed. There will also be no school-sponsored activities such as athletics, extracurriculars, field trips, events, or afterschool programs.

Upcoming Events

  • May 22: Conference Day (no distance learning)
  • May 25: Memorial Day (no distance learning)
  • May 29: Last day of school




Distance Learning at Home

Maury understands that you are parents first. Do your best with distance learning, check in with teachers during office hours, and try to have fun!

Please do not hesitate to reach out with questions! Leave a message at (202) 698-3838 (monitored on weekdays) or e-mail Principal Payne Chauvenet.

Whole School Morning Meeting

See our virtual April Whole School Morning Meeting (password in school-sent e-mail)! Though we can’t meet in person, we invite you to upload your own videos or messages for each our Morning Meeting components.


See the distance learning office hours for teachers and staff. (Additional special teachers information here.)

DCPS Resources

In most cases, classroom teachers and resource teachers have been in touch with lessons. DCPS Packets are available online at: bit.ly/DCPS_ICP.

You can watch this brief video on how distance learning works. On the “Learning” section of the Distance Learning portal, you can find recommended routines for at-home learning, supports for English Learners, and accommodations for students who receive special education services. By exploring the “Family” section, you can get ideas about how to create a productive learning space, as well as physical and mental wellness resources.

“Fun With Phonics” Videos Debut on TV and YouTube
Starting today, DCPS is airing early literacy lessons for Kindergarten, Grade 1, and Grade 2 students on broadcast television, as well as share online, to support distance learning at home. The Office of Teaching and Learning is creating these foundational literacy videos (Heggerty and Fundations) for K-2 daily instruction led by DCPS teachers.

These video lessons will air on TV each morning from 9:30 to 11:00 am on the DKN cable channel — Comcast (channel 99), RCN (channel 18), and Verizon (channel 12) — as well as the DKN Live Stream and the DCPS YouTube channel. A Kindergarten lesson in Spanish will start next week and additional grades and subject areas will be introduced in the coming weeks.


Term 3. Students will receive grades for the end of Term 3, which was extended to May 1. Please note all work provided during this time can only help your child’s grade—if a student is unable to complete term 3 assignments, they will receive the grade they earned as of March 13.

Term 4. For term 4, elementary school students in Kindergarten through Grade 5 will receive a “P” (pass) in content areas where they were able to consistently engage (a minimum 2 times per week) in learning at home assignments and activities. Students will be assigned a “NM” (no mark) in content areas where they were unable to engage in learning at home assignments and activities.

DCPS will send out report cards with Term 3 and Term 4 grades in mid June; students in elementary school will not receive final grades.

No student will be penalized from progressing to the next grade due to the absence of in-person intervention supports available during this period of extended school closures. By May 15, schools will reach out to the families of K-8 students who are not meeting promotion criteria to discuss what is in the best interest of the student for next year. For school year 2020-2021, no student should be retained unless the family and school agree that it is in the student’s best interest. In addition, students who have already been retained once should not be retained for another year even if the family and school agree that retention would be in the student’s best interest.

Read more about term 4 grading in the DCPS FAQ for families.

Internet Access

Comcast is offering two months free for the Internet Essentials service for low-income families, seniors, and veterans. Learn more here.




Specials Teachers


Mr. Rogers, available 12–4 pm, nathaniel.rogers@k12.dc.gov
I will be posting videos to my Google Site during our time away from each other. Videos will be loosely aligned with the Maury Music curriculum, but will also be designed for use in households with siblings in different grades. Please do not hesitate to send any questions or clips of your students participating at home!  In addition, there are lots of art organizations providing free streaming services over the next few weeks. For example, the Met is offering “Nightly Met Opera Streams” every night at 7:30 pm. The stream is available for 20 hours. I would love to hear about concerts and operas my students are attending virtually. You can even invite me along, and we can watch together from afar.


Ms. Falls, available 12–4 pm, lauren.falls@k12.dc.gov. Look for updates through homeroom teachers.


Ms. Marks, available 10 am–2 pm, flordeliza.cadiz-marks@k12.dc.gov

Resources for families that cross subject areas. Enjoy!


Ms. Wang, available 9 am–1 pm, qing.wang@k12.dc.gov. Look for updates through homeroom teachers.

Think Tank

Ms. Conant, available 12–4 pm, stephanie.conant@k12.dc.gov. I will be sending out links through email, the listserv, and Twitter!


Ms. Bomba, available 12–4 pm, lauren.bomba@gmail.com

Hello Artists! Every few days or so, I plan to post an artistic prompt to get students and families thinking about their environments and available resources in a new and imaginative way. Together as a family, you are invited to pick and choose activities that motivate and inspire you to create.

The Studio Maury blog is back in business: StudioMaury.com. I figured that posting all of my information in one succinct spot would be best for everyone. When you visit, you can subscribe to the blog and get updates directly through your email. (I will also be posting my prompts to the Maury listserv.)

I still plan to use Instagram (StudioMaury) as a more interactive way to engage with the artist/family community out there. If you don’t yet have an Instagram account, now would be a great time to create one! When used appropriately, Instagram is a great resource for artists because it relies primarily on visual imagery. StudioMaury is my school account and is a kid friendly and student-centered corner of the internet. However, it is not a private account, as I intend for it to be a resource for other art educators as well.

In my dream scenario, parents will email or text me pictures of their family engaging in our artistic activities. You can exclude pictures of your faces or just photograph the work itself, but be sure to include your names so I know who the message is from. If you are comfortable with me sharing the pictures on my account, I’d love for our Maury community and beyond to see the organic and inventive ways the activities unfold. If you are not comfortable with me sharing but would still like me to see what you all are up to, please specify that request in your messages to me. Seeing students producing art and being creative during such strange and uncertain times will be a highlight of my days!

DCPS will be sending you a link to access a resource created by the DCPS Arts team, which you are more than willing to use to help stay involved in the arts, however, I will be going a bit rogue and presenting opportunities for kids that seem more along the lines of how the kids learn art with me at Maury. Many museums and cultural institutes are creating virtual tours and opening their archives for public use so look into that option as well.

Remember, art is whatever you consider it to be. Performance art, site-specific art, ephemeral art, art history, digital art, photography, soundscapes, portraiture, sculpture, and the list goes on and on. Stretch yourself and surprise yourself! I’ll miss you so don’t be strangers! Stay healthy and happy!




After Distance Learning Fun from Polite Piggy’s

Polite Piggy’s would like to pass on some resources we’ve shared with before and after school families and we hope it give your children a little extra engagement during this time. We have included read alouds for students in Grades 3-5, a chapter book read aloud for Grade 1 and up, a music class, and a movement class. We will share more next week!

Read Alouds for Grade 3–5

Ms. Duckett reads If We Were Giants:

Ms. Duckett reads The Best of Iggy:

Read Alouds for ECE
Ms. Duckett reads Where The Wild Things Are
Ms. Duckett reads Grumpy Monkey
Ms. Duckett reads Scribble Stones

Read Aloud in Spanish
Mindbloom reads Brown Bear What Do You See?


RockStarts Music Class (Destination: London)
RockStarts Music Class (Destination: Japan) Part 1, Part 2Part 3 (featuring DC teachers!)


  • Jumpbunch
  • Kaizen Karate
  • Note From Ms. Hemphill: All children who are interested are welcome to give the dance a try! I’ve missed you so much. This link is the first part of our brand new dance. Please practice it until you know it by heart. The second part of the dance will be coming soon! Make sure to read the description box below the video! It contains important information.
  • PowerTots
  • Yoga with Ms. LaShone




Resources for Families

Free Meals for Kids

Meals will be available to all students (including non-DCPS students) during the closure on weekdays from 10 am – 2 pm at various sites throughout the city.

Also serving food in the community:

  • Ebenezers Coffeehouse, 201 F Street NE: Boxed lunches “to go” from 1–3 pm (every day)
  • DC Dream Center, 2909 Pennsylvania Avenue SE: Boxed lunches “to go” from 12–4 pm (M–F)

Additional Needs

Please contact Maury social worker Laura Delaney if your family is in need.

Internet Access

Comcast is offering two months free for the Internet Essentials service for low-income families, seniors, and veterans. Learn more here.

Talking to Kids

Article and Video: Talking to Kids about Coronavirus (Child Mind Institute)

Talking with Children about Coronavirus (CDC)

Just for Kids Comic Explaining Coronavirus to Kids (NPR)

Stop Stigma poster (DC Department of Health)

Social and Emotional Learning

Social Story: Maury Takes a Vacation

SEL Activities


SEL Resources




Enrollment and Lottery Results

DCPS lottery results for SY2020–21 were published on 3/27; in-person enrollment is postponed until school resumes. DCPS will share any updates. Prepare now for enrollment by locating your residency verification documents (license, registration, bills, etc.) and student immunization records—for next year, DCPS will also require immunizations for all students.




Health Information

Confirmed Case of COVID-19 at Maury (Get Well Soon, Cougar!)

On March 20, we were notified by DC Health about a confirmed case of coronavirus (COVID-19) in a Maury student (read the chancellor’s letter).

DCPS is working closely with DC Health, and they do not believe there was exposure to students or staff based on their contact tracing protocols. Per their guidance, Maury community members do not need to be tested or undergo voluntary quarantine. Please continue to practice proper social distancing and other safety measures so we can protect our community from COVID-19.

If you have questions, the coronavirus email for families is ceo.info@k12.dc.gov.

Due to health privacy laws, we do not have information about the student’s identity, but we wish our Maury Cougar a speedy recovery and best wishes to the family during this difficult time.

Health Resources

DC Health continues to recommend that all residents monitor themselves for symptoms of COVID-19 such as fever, cough, and shortness of breath. If you develop any of these symptoms, please stay home and contact your healthcare provider for guidance.

Many resources, including information about how to protect yourself and your family, are available on coronavirus.dc.gov. You can also find FAQs for kids and families on coronavirus.dc.gov.

We encourage students and families to follow the DC Health recommendations to practice social distancing and avoid large social gatherings.


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