Principal's Bulletin

Ross Elementary School November 1, 2021

Principal's Message

November 1, 2021

Final Week of Term 1

Dear Ross Families,

I look forward to seeing everyone at our RESCHEDULED 9th annual Halloween Spooktacular on THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 4 at 5:15pm. Check out the attached updated flier with details. Please note that this after hours event is the only Halloween celebration we hold at Ross. We do not have a celebration or costume wearing during the school day.

Warm Regards,

Holly Searl, Principal

Mayor's Press Release/Children's Vaccines

Last week, Mayor Bowser shared the DC plan regarding COVID vaccines for children ages 5-11.

Inclement Weather Guidance

Per DCPS policy, Physical Education, Recess and Outdoor Dining will move indoors to classrooms if the temperature drops below 35 degrees or if there is thunder/lightning.

Health and Safety

DCPS will now test 20% of the student population every week.

NEW: Starting November 8, Ross testing day is now on Mondays at 10:00am

If your child successfully tests, you will receive a letter in backpack mail.

Shield T3 Helpdesk Phone # 833-762-0762

Let's continue to keep our community healthy by ensuring children are wearing well-fitting masks and only attending school if they are healthy. Please do not send your children to school if they are ill or displaying symptoms. If you answer "yes" to any of the "Ask, Ask, Look" health screening questions, that means your child should not attend school. If your family has a positive case, or is a close contact and needs to quarantine, please reach out me directly. As Principal, I am the COVID POC for Ross. When we have a case, we will follow all guidance and protocols from OSSE and DCPS. Protocols can be found here.

Free DC COVID Testing is Readily Available for ALL!

We encourage families and students to utilize the city's free and accessible COVID-19 testing regularly. Consider adding this as part of your family's back to school checklist! Did you know that there are options that can do rapid tests at your home? Thank you for helping keep our community safe!

How to Test at Home

Ready Responders

For at-home, on-demand care and COVID testing, call (202) 602-0814. Ready comes to your home, is open 8am to 8pm, seven days per week, and serves all 8 Wards. Ready is currently offering rapid antigen testing only, with results in 15 minutes. If you require a PCR test, please utilize another testing option.

Pixel by LabCorp

Home test kits are available for no out of pocket costs to be delivered to your door:

Safeway Pharmacy

Safeway Pharmacies are now offering quick and easy COVID-19 at home saliva tests through Phosphorus Diagnostics at

Walk Up Testing Locations

DC also has robust options for walk up COVID-19 testing at sites across the city. The locations and times change regularly, but you can find an overview of the options HERE (scroll down until you see the large graphic with a table underneath it).

Key Dates

Tuesday, November 2: No School, DC Election Day

Thursday, November 4: Grade 5 Field Trip; Spooktacular rescheduled 5:15pm; Diwali

Tuesday, November 5: No School, Teacher Professional Day

Sunday, November 7: Daylight savings, turn clocks back one hour

Thursday, November 11: No School, Veteran's Day

Monday, November 15: LSAT (virtual) 7:00pm

Tuesday, November 23: Term 1 Report Cards mailed

Wednesday-Friday, November 24-26: No School, Thanksgiving Holiday break

Sunday, November 28: First night of Hanukkah