Keeping Communities Safe

Since the pandemic began, we’ve invested heavily in new air purifying equipment and implemented new processes throughout all our 16 campuses. We’re committed to keeping our students and staff safe while we keep our classrooms open for learning.

Our COVID-19 Response Includes:

Stay Up to Date

See how you can get the results of our Weekly COVID testing.

Open the App on Your Computer

Click the link below.

FPCS COVID-19 Result Submission App
Open the App on Your Phone

Scan the QR code above with your cell phone camera.

Recently, health and science experts at the federal and local levels have begun modifying COVID-19 safety recommendations.

They’ve indicated that, with current case rates, it’s safe to relax many COVID-19 safety protocols, including indoor masking in schools. But we know from our surveys that Friendship families and staff members are not yet comfortable with relaxing COVID-19 safety protocols, including indoor masking in schools. To help you understand how we’re going to balance advice of health experts AND the needs of our community, we’ve put together the FAQ below.


If you don’t find your concern addressed below, just reach out. We’re happy to help.

Yes. In keeping with current health guidelines, outdoor masking is optional for students, staff, and visitors.

We shifted from in-school rapid testing to at-home rapid testing. This still keeps the community safe but allows us to protect valuable class time for student learning.

It used to be 7 days, but now it’s 5 days. You still need a negative test to return to campus.

If the risk levels change, then so will our policies. We will keep you updated!

Every week, Friendship scholars and team members are provided COVID-19 rapid antigen test kits with the requirement that a test is administered on Sunday evenings. All results should be uploaded to the FPCS COVID App by 9pm prior to returning to campus the following Monday.

All staff must be fully vaccinated. In order to compete or practice in school-based, extra-curricular athletics, all students 12 and over must also show proof of vaccination.

Beginning in the 2022-23 school year, all students 16-years-old and over in DC traditional public and charter schools - including Friendship - must receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

Play it safe. If your child has had a recent exposure to someone with COVID, or shows any of the following symptoms, keep them home and let us know:

  • Sore throat
  • Fever (100.4 or higher)
  • Sudden, severe headache
  • Loss of smell or taste
  • Diarrhea, vomiting, stomach ache

COVID-19 Resources

Protect your family, protect your community. Visit these free resources: