DCPS Distance Learning

Distance Learning will Continue as Term 2 Begins on November 9

Term 2 Plans Change  |  Login & Daily Schedule  | Supplies & Technology | Help for Distance Learning  |  Resources for Families

The 2020–21 school year will continue with Distance Learning for Term 2, beginning November 9. The Maury building is closed except for essential staff. The Maury playground is open (subject to change); please follow social distancing guidelines.

Upcoming Events

  • November 9: Term 2 Begins
  • November 11: No School (Veterans Day)
  • November 13: Whole School Morning Meeting, 8:30 am
  • November 19: PTA Meeting (virtual), 6:00 pm
  • November 25–27: No School (Thanksgiving Break)

Term 2 Plans Change

DCPS elementary schools are not yet able to open for in-person learning as previously announced. Schools are still taking steps to reopen and will begin by opening CARE classrooms as soon as staffing plans are confirmed. Families who already accepted an in-person learning seat will have the option to join a CARE classroom first; outreach to additional families with seat offers will happen after that. We will be in contact with families directly on next steps.

Elementary schools are conducting safety walkthroughs this month; DCPS is posting school readiness details online at dcpsreopenstrong.com/school-plans.

DCPS Wants Your Opinion!
To ensure we are hearing more from you and engaging directly with families, DCPS is partnering with Trendency Research, an independent research firm, to track your experience with learning at home and the school year overall.

Through a series of short and confidential surveys over the next several months, we will use your answers to help improve how we can best meet the needs of students and families and inform planning for this school year and beyond. Simply follow the link to sign up and share your opinion.

Schedule your child’s immunization!
Immunization is a requirement this school year for in-person learning. Click here to access the DC Health immunization website and to get information on how and where to receive immunizations or contact your pediatrician. Please contact the DC Health Immunization Program at (202) 576-7130 or the Maury health suite at (202) 698-3834 if you have any questions.

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.)


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.


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; Miner Elementary and Eastern High School are the closest free meal pick-up sites. Grab-and-go meals are free for all students 18 and younger; families can receive up to 3 breakfast and 3 lunch meals per trip.

Grocery distribution sites are open in various locations across the city weekdays from 10 – 11:30 am. The closest grocery site is Eastern High School, open on Mondays.

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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