Guided by our commitment to your health and safety, and our promise to deliver an exceptional learning experience, Friendship will extend its virtual start of school until at least November 6. The first day of school remains August 31. We’ve been collecting information from our parents who have expressed a need for an in-person school option. To meet this need, we will offer in-person instructional support through “learning hubs” located on designated Friendship campuses. The learning hubs will be staffed by Friendship team members who opt to support this school option. Please look out for a staff interest survey in the next few days. Additionally, we will frequently assess the District’s health metrics and other conditions to inform our planning and eventual return to school buildings.
It is important you know how deeply we appreciate your continued feedback. Our conversations through surveys, webinars and individual discussions have not only raised important questions, they affirm what we know all too well – our students, families and staff are the ties that bind our learning community. Every step of the way, we need to hear your observations, concerns, ideas and input. Please continue to contact us at WeCare@friendshipschools.org or 202.281.1777.
D.C. Schools Family Engagement Survey
Are you a parent with scholars at one of our campuses? Make sure your voice is heard! Share what will work best for you when D.C. schools reopen. Take the Mayor’s survey by this Wednesday, June 10th. Take the survey >
May 22, 2020
We are excited to share important information and dates for summer and the new school year. As our city recovers from COVID-19, Friendship has been working hard to prepare options that support great teaching and learning in all settings – online and in-person. We are proud of how our students, families and school staff rose to the challenge this spring and we are planning even better experiences for summer and the new school year.
Friendship plans to begin School Year 2020-21 on August 31, 2020, if in line with public health guidelines at that time. This link below provides important dates as we finish this school year and get ready for the new school year.
Friendship Online is D.C.’s only citywide online school for grades K-12. Powered by online education partners K12 and Edmentum, students can attend full-time online next school year. Prefer an option where students return to the school buildings once it’s safe? Check out a traditional Friendship campus.
To learn more, email GoOnline@friendshipschools.org
Parents: Here are tips from a mother who home schools her children
“My first advice is to breathe and relax,” Elmater Pleasant said. Pleasant home schools both of her children; Gabriel in the third grade and Joshua in the eighth. Both attend Friendship Public Charter School online. She’s not new to having her kids at home.”Remember that the first reason that we’re doing any of this is because of a love for our children,” Pleasant said.
While this pandemic has closed our campus buildings, it has not stopped our students from learning. Friendship cannot be prouder of all the support, commitment and patience that each of you has demonstrated during these unprecedented times. We love receiving the pictures, artwork and student assignments that show us how that great teaching and learning continues to flourish. Again, thank you!
With our recent announcement to end school year 2019-20 for all students on Friday, May 29, we wanted to provide you with a few academic updates that will support a successful close to the school year. Read more >