Distance Learning: August 31–November 6

DCPS Distance Learning

Distance Learning: August 31–November 6


Login & Daily Schedule  | Supplies & Technology | Help for Distance Learning  |  Resources for Families


The 2020–21 school year will start with Distance Learning, beginning August 31–November 6 (Term 1). The Maury building is closed except for essential staff. The Maury playground is open (subject to change); please follow social distancing guidelines.

Upcoming Events

  • September 24: PTA Meeting (virtual), 6:00 pm
  • September 30: APTT Meetings | Grades 4 & 5 (virtual). 6:00–7:15 pm
  • October 1: APTT Meetings | Grades 2 & 3 (virtual). 6:00–7:15 pm
  • October 5: APTT Meetings | Grades 4 & 5 (virtual). 6:00–7:15 pm
  • October 6: APTT Meetings | Grades 2 & 3 (virtual). 6:00–7:15 pm

Login & Daily Schedule


Logging into Canvas

To begin the day, students will log into Canvas (the main DCPS learning platform) at: dcps.instructure.com. From there, they will see announcements, schedule, and assignments from their teachers. (Learn more about using Canvas.) You should not have to log into Teams after logging into Canvas because there will be a direct link there for live meetings.

Parents were sent an email with all login information; please contact the office if you cannot find your child’s login info.

Take time to practice logging on before your first morning meeting. (Don’t worry if you don’t see any courses loaded yet! Courses will be available on the first day of school.)

Attendance

Student attendance is taken automatically as students log on to Canvas. If your child will be not be in class, please report the absence to mauryattendance@k12.dc.gov.


Schedules

For all students, each day will start with a live morning meeting. On most days, more lessons and small group work will follow. On Wednesdays, students will have an “asynchronous” day, where students might have work to complete at home, 1:1 or small group check-ins with teachers, or specials classes. Teachers will share class-specific information.

PK3/4. The day starts at 8:30 am with a morning meeting. All other classes start on the hour. See PK3/4 schedule.

K–Grade 2. The day starts at 8:30 am with a morning meeting. All other classes start on the hour. See K–Grade 2 schedule.

Grades 3–5. The day starts at 9 am with a morning meeting. All other classes start on the half-hour. See Grades 3–5 schedule.

Specials. The availability and schedule for Specials will vary from grade to grade. See Specials schedule (updated 9/1).

Supplies & Technology


Supplies & Technology Pickup

If you need to pick up supplies, the building is open on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm.

You may also pick up technology to use at home during distance learning. PK3/4 students will receive iPads, which are still being delivered. Laptops are available for K–5 students. If you borrow a laptop, you need to fill out a user agreement before receiving your device(s).

For everyone’s safety, please adhere to the schedule below, wear a mask, and adhere to social distancing guidelines. 

If you have questions or concerns, or cannot make those pickup days, please contact patrick.koontz@k12.dc.gov or contact Maury staff at: (571) 440-2275 or (571) 449-2430.


Tech Support at Home

If you plan to use your personal computer for school, please review the recommended technical and system requirements at dcpsreopenstrong.com/resources/technology.

How to use Canvas. If you need help using Canvas, please watch the DCPS Parent University: Canvas 101.

Maury Virtual Contact Numbers. Contact Maury staff at: (571) 440-2275 or (571) 449-2430.

Helpline. DCPS will be offering tech support to families when school begins. Visit the tech support page anytime or call the helpline at (202) 442-5885 Monday–Friday from 7 am–5:30 pm.

Help for Distance Learning


Preparing Your Child for Virtual Learning
  • Provide a calm, quiet space for learning. (Headphones can work, too, to limit distractions.)
  • Help students practice logging into Canvas before the first day of school. (All information will not be available until the first day of school.)
  • Teach your child how to mute, unmute and turn their camera on or off.
  • Please encourage your child to be the leader of his/her learning as much as appropriate for the age.
  • At times parents or guardians might need to provide technical support for students, but we ask that all parents respect the confidentiality of other learners during the process. We aim to recreate the safe space of a classroom environment where students can make mistakes and take risks as they grow in learning. The student should be the main user of the device during virtual learning.

Help from DCPS

Parent University Series. DCPS is hosting a series of online Parent University sessions on topics of interest to families, like using Canvas, navigating the IEP process, and helping children respond to trauma. Sessions are also uploaded to the DCPS YouTube channel afterward to watch at a later time.

Helpline. DCPS will be offering tech support to families when school begins. Visit the tech support page anytime or call the helpline at (202) 442-5885 Monday–Friday from 7 am–5:30 pm.

Maury Virtual Contact Numbers. Contact Maury staff at: (571) 440-2275 or (571) 449-2430.

Resources for Families



Meals and Grocery Distribution Sites

Meals will be available to all students (including non-DCPS students)  weekdays from 10 am – 2 pm at various sites throughout the city. Grocery distribution sites are available several times a week in each ward.


Additional Needs

Please contact the main office if your family is in need of additional assistance.


Internet Access

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


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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