The values of democracy we know and cherish will not be deterred by lawlessness and chaos. While we are deeply saddened with the current events taking place at the Capitol building, we wholeheartedly believe that democracy will prevail.
To ensure the safety of our school community, all Friendship Public Charter School buildings are now closed so that staff, students and families can adhere to Mayor Bowser’s 6 p.m. curfew and our buildings will remain closed tomorrow, Thursday, January 7, 2021. The COVID-19 testing program scheduled for the remainder of the week is postponed until further notice.
As always, your health, safety and well-being is our top priority. For updates, visit Friendshipschools.org and our Facebook, Instagram and Twitter pages. You may also contact the WeCare@friendshipschools.org hotline or call 202.281.1777.
Be safe. Thank you.
Friendship Community Office
11/25 – 11/27:
Thanksgiving Break – FPCS is closed
All FPCS in-person Learning Hubs are closed. All students are engaged in virtual learning at home.
12/2 – 12/3:
COVD Rapid Testing opportunities for in-person Learning Hub students at all FPCS campuses
All FPCS in-person Learning Hubs reopen
Pre-K to 12th grade hubs will offer 4-day weekly schedules. Families can opt to remain in virtual learning from home.
The Mayor officially announced today that the District’s public schools will bring more students back into school buildings for in-person support in early November. For the past several weeks, on five FPCS school sites, we have provided in-person Learning Hubs for a limited number of students with parents who are essential workers and who have critical learning needs. Since opening our Learning Hubs – operated in full compliance with health, safety and social-distancing guidelines – we have grown a waitlist of families and staff interested in joining an in-person hub.
In response to the demand for more safe, structured and staffed in-person learning opportunities, Friendship will offer Learning Hubs on every elementary, middle and high school campus starting November 9. If you are interested in a Learning Hub spot for your child, complete our Learning Hub Registration Survey by October 14. Families who want their child to remain in virtual learning at home can continue to do so.
Learning Hub students in prekindergarten through 12th grade will receive in person, on campus instructional support four (4) days a week and with one (1) day of virtual learning at home. While on campus, all Learning Hub students will engage in virtual lessons along with their peers at home. In the days ahead, we will provide additional details on Learning Hub weekly schedules by grade level.
Will you be at least 18-years old on November 3, 2020? If so, you have a constitutional right and responsibility to vote in the upcoming election. Given the importance of this election and the challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic, it is essential that you first create a plan to vote.
Step 1: Confirm your Registration Status
Step 2: Select a Method to Vote
Step 3: Research the candidates and issues on the ballot
Campus Safety Preparedness
While we’ll start the school year largely virtual, we’re preparing for your safe return to school buildings. Check out our FPCS Safety Preparedness Video to learn more about our plan to open safe and open smart! Your health and safety is our priority!
View it here >
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.
Preparations for the New School Year
We hope you are staying safe and enjoying the summer. We are heading toward a new school year in the midst of an experience none of us could have imagined. While we are excited about the great teaching and learning that will occur across all Friendship Public Charter School campuses this fall, we know that a top priority is the health and safety of our students and staff, and how we are preparing our facilities for a strong reopening. Learn more >