Report Cards, Summer, School Opening and other Frequently Asked Questions

FAQ for Parent/Teacher Conferences

Report Cards, Summer, School Opening and other Frequently Asked Questions

1. When will my child receive Term 3 and Term 4 Report Cards?

Report cards will be mailed from Central Office in June.

2. How are Term 4 Grades being determined?

Term 4, students 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. 

3. When will school start for the 2020-2021 school year?

According to the current DCPS website, K-12 students will begin August 31st  and ECE (Early Childhood Education) students will begin September.  At this time, we don’t have any information about a change in the start of the school year.  Any news on a change of start date would come from the Mayor.  She may be sharing more information in a press conference on Friday, 5/22.

4.   How will we come back to school in the fall?  Will it be virtual?  Will it be in person?  What would a hybrid look like?  Will some grade levels or some populations of students come back before others?

At this time, we do not know.  We are waiting for more information from the Mayor.  The health information that evolves over the same will dictate how we come back to school.  We will be waiting, watching, and planning throughout the summer.  As soon as we know more, we will share.  Please don’t ask your teachers…we really don’t know .

5.  Will DCPS seek input from parents about the fall?

DCPS has shared that they plan to create a survey for stakeholders to get an understanding of family needs.  Lafayette will also be working to create a survey to learn more about the distance learning experience this spring as well as needs for the upcoming fall.

6.  My child is worried about going back to school next year.  How will you support him/her?

We are currently planning to focus on social emotional learning for the fall, even more than we typically do!  This will include a variety of structures to be sure that students are making connections with students, processing through trauma and grief, and are supported with any worries they may have.  Please know that our entire Mental Health Team, Social Emotional Team, and Administrative team are hard at work planning over the next three weeks.  Our children’s social emotional well being is at the center of what we do.

7. Will there be summer school this year?

Yes.  We learned from DCPS that they will be providing online summer school opportunities for some students.  However, we do not know any more details about registration, length, who’s eligible, etc.  As soon as we know more, we will share.

8. Is my child behind academically?

In general, all students have had the same schooling experience across the nation. If your child is struggling in a particular area, your teacher will have that explicit conversation with you. We are working as a school to be sure that all of our grade level curriculum adjusts at the beginning of next school year to meet where kids left off of this school year. During distance learning, all of our grade levels were able to cover most of the standards we would normally cover in the building. We recognize that we may need to reteach some topics in the fall, but that is true most school years.

9. What should we do over the summer?  Should I hire tutor?

We strongly encourage families to enjoy real life learning during the summer! Play outside, read together, enjoy some online resources like virtual field trips, and encourage your child to write –journals are great! Talk to your child! Developing your child’s language is one of the best ways to support their academic development.  You can also count and sort items in your household, learn about coins, practice multiplication facts, write story problems, learn how to fold laundry, cook together, etc.   We will also publish a summer resource round up for different online resources you can use for your child

Please use Parent/Teacher conferences to talk about your child’s growth over the course of the school year.  Teachers really want to talk to you about your child  – not about the unknowns.  Thank you as always for your partnership, your collaboration and your support.  Our community continues to come together in amazing ways to support one another during this challenging and unprecedented time in our lives.

Please don’t hesitate to reach out with questions,

Dr. B