DCPS Coronavirus Closure

DCPS Schools Closed March 16–April 24

Distance Learning  |  Specials Teachers  |  Family Resources  |  Enrollment/Lottery  |  Health Info

To help mitigate the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) in our region, DCPS will follow an updated schedule between March 16 and April 24:

  • Monday, March 16 — Teachers and staff will report to school to plan for distance learning. No school for students.
  • Tuesday, March 17 to Monday, March 23 — DCPS will take its Spring Break for students and teachers. There will no longer be a Spring Break period in April.
  • Tuesday, March 24 to Friday, April 24— Students will participate in distance learning.

During this period, there will also be no school-sponsored activities such as athletics, extracurriculars, field trips, events, or afterschool programs. The building and playground will be closed.




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.


DCPS packets for Weeks 1–3 for all grades are available online. Click on the Learners box and your child’s grade level. You can use your own printer, or download the documents but complete writing in a notebook, on paper, or another way that works for you.

How It Works

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.

Internet Access

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

Term 3 Grading

DCPS recognizes that students have different levels of access and support while experiencing learning at home and we will ensure students’ grades are not negatively impacted because of this. Teachers are offering students multiple opportunities to display mastery and engagement, and any work completed can only help a student’s academic status. Students should submit work as directed by their teacher; all students will have until Friday, May 1 to submit any remaining assignments for term 3.

For elementary students in Grades K–5, teachers will prepare assignments and activities that keep students engaged during the learning at home period. For each week of learning at home, teachers will grade student work. These grades will be averaged into a student’s term 3 grade and used only to improve a student’s overall standing. If a student is unable to complete term 3 assignments, they will receive the grade they earned as of March 13.




Specials Teachers


Mr. Rogers, available 12–4 pm, nathaniel.rogers@k12.dc.gov
I will be posting videos to my YouTube channel 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!




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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