Dear Friendship Families,
One of the things I’m most proud of is how we’ve come together as One Friendship family in the midst of a rapidly changing crisis. The safety decisions we make as one of the District’s largest preschool to 12th grade education providers not only impacts Friendship students, families and staff; they have a ripple effect on the diverse neighborhoods and communities across our great city. It is in times like these that we all must continue to come together to keep our schools safe.
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.
As you prepare for the start of school, take note of the following dates:
Important Start of School Dates:
All activities are virtual.
- August 3: On-boarding for new staff
- August 4: Friendship University for new staff
- August 5-7: Standards University for all staff
- August 10-21: Orientation for grades kindergarten, 3, 6, 9 and open house events for all students and families as well as self-paced staff professional development
- August 10-28: Instructional supplies and technology distribution by appointment
- August 24-28: Campus-based professional development and planning
- August 31: First day of virtual school for all grades
We are grateful for your flexibility and confidence during this unprecedented time. Thank you.
We are One Community. We are One Family. We are Friendship.
Yours in service,
Pat Brantley, CEO
Friendship Public Charter School