Hearst Family Update

December 20, 2020

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Principal's Message

Good evening Owl families,

The Hearst Reopen Community Corps had our third of four meetings last Wednesday and has developed a plan to gradually reopen our school building to more students and staff in Term 3, with the hopes of bringing back additional students and staff in Term 4. The plan is built upon three principles that we consistently heard prioritized by students, staff, and families in reopening conversations - safety, consistency, and socialization. This plan will allow us to open one classroom at each grade, K-5, in order to serve at least 10 of our students in each of those grade levels who are struggling with virtual learning and need in person support to be successful. We are intentionally reopening a small number of classrooms in order to ensure that the building is as safe as possible for students and staff who will be returning in person and because this also minimizes disruption to the current virtual learning model, given that the majority of Hearst students will remain virtual in Term 3. The plan is awaiting approval from central office and once it is approved, I will share additional details about it, hopefully just after the upcoming winter break. I'll also hold town hall conversations with families in the first weeks of January to explain what this plan may mean for you and your family. Please look for additional details in my next update.

Additionally, I learned late on Friday that two staff, one substitute and one DCPS central office staffer, have been assigned to Hearst to staff a third CARE classroom to open in January, likely on January 6. Beginning on Tuesday and continuing over winter break, we will offer these additional seats to prioritized students matched in the initial CARE lottery held last month.

One final note - a belated thanks to Ms. Prince, our PTA, and all of the families who donated to the Annual Toy Drive this month. The generosity of our Hearst community is appreciated!

Thank you for your continued partnership and I hope you've had a great weekend,


News and Announcements from Hearst

Upcoming Key Dates

  • December 23 - January 3 - Winter Break (no school for students and teachers)
  • January 6 - One additional CARE Classroom opens @Hearst (tentative date)
  • January 18 - MLK Holiday (no school for all)
  • January 19 - No school for students and teachers
  • January 20 - Inauguration Day (no school for all)
  • January 29 - Term 2 Ends (no school for students); 1/2 day PD & 1/2 Mark Entry Day for staff

Quick Updates

  • Because our building is now open to students, any non-staff members who would like to come to the building to pick up materials, switch out a device, etc., must have an appointment in order to come into the building. Please email Ms. Johnson (kestaganer.johnson@k12.dc.gov) or call (202-282-0106) to set up an appointment if you need to come into the building for any reason. Thanks!

  • DC is publishing COVID data specific to DCPS and it can be found here: https://coronavirus.dc.gov/node/1506966. With both staff and students back in school buildings, please visit dcpsreopenstrong.com/health/response/ to learn more about DCPS' COVID-19 Response Protocol, including testing available for students and staff.

Reminder: Impact Aid Survey Open (10/30-12/22)

Each year, DCPS asks all families to complete the Impact Aid survey to generate additional federal funds for DCPS. This year, the survey has moved to an electronic format using the Seamless platform and will be open for completion from October 30th to December 22nd. All DCPS families should complete one survey per child, not household, in their preferred language and submit by Tuesday, December 22, 2020. Please complete the survey using the links below:

Amharic: https://dcgov.seamlessdocs.com/f/DCPSImpactAid_Ahmaric

Chinese: https://dcgov.seamlessdocs.com/f/DCPSImpactAid_Chinese

English: https://dcgov.seamlessdocs.com/f/DCPSImpactAid_English

French: https://dcgov.seamlessdocs.com/f/DCPSImpactAid_French

Spanish: https://dcgov.seamlessdocs.com/f/DCPSImpactAid_Spanish

Vietnamese: https://dcgov.seamlessdocs.com/f/DCPSImpactAid_Vietnamese

If you have questions, please contact us at DCPSImpactAid@k12.dc.gov.

News and Announcements from DCPS

Reminder: DCPS Immunization Compliance Updates and Immunization Requirements for CARE and In Person Classroom Participants

As a reminder, all public and public charter schools in DC are required to verify student compliance with school immunization requirements before students may participate in any in-person learning opportunities. Students must be up to date with all required immunizations in order to accept a seat in a DCPS CARE or in person classroom. Our school nurse can confirm students’ current immunization status and whether they have been cleared to participate in in-person learning. She can be reached at SyFisher@childrensnational.org.

News and Announcements from Other Organizations

Hearst Park Project Update

Dear Community Stakeholders of Hearst Park:

The DC Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) and the DC Department of General Services (DGS) are pleased to share the November 2020 construction update for the Hearst Park and Pool project. Please find the flyer attached for progress information.

For additional information, please visit the project website for information and resources: https://dgs.dc.gov/node/1135096.


  • Peter

Peter Nohrden, ASLA

Capital Projects, Planning and Design

DC Department of Parks and Recreation

1275 First Street, NE, 8th Floor | Washington, DC 20002

P: (202) 671-1852 | E: peter.nohrden@dc.gov

DPR.dc.gov | Twitter, Facebook and Instagram: @dcdpr