Coronavirus: Information for LEAs
The District of Columbia Department of Health (DC Health) is closely monitoring the new virus that causes respiratory illness in people, known as 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV). DC Health has released a letter for LEAs encouraging schools to follow routine sickness policies, including removing children who have had a fever for 24 hours. Additionally, while it is not directly related, schools are encouraged to remind families that the flu shot can help prevent illness during this time of year. Schools and families can learn more information about this virus from the DC Health coronavirus factsheet or by visiting the DC Health coronavirus webpage. Translated versions of the factsheet are also available.
While the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) believes the risk to the American public remains low at this time, DC Health is making sure the District is prepared in the event a local case is identified. In order to ensure the healthcare community is prepared and fully informed, DC Health is providing guidance on the virus to healthcare providers via Health Notices. DC Health will continue to actively monitor the situation and will update local education agencies if anything changes.
DC Breastfeeding Coalition: Call for Teacher Input
The DC Breastfeeding Coalition is requesting assistance from Washington, DC teachers to help create an innovative breastfeeding curriculum for grades K through 12. Research shows breastfeeding is an activity that offers tremendous benefits, contributing to the health and wellness of infants, mothers, communities and the environment, but it is rarely discussed with children. Attitudes about infant feeding are shaped in youth, and this curriculum will help school-age children form positive attitudes toward breastfeeding, desensitize the subject, and normalize the practice. The coalition is hoping to develop a curriculum that becomes a national model and is seeking input from teachers serving grades pre-K-5 and grades 6-12.
Participating teachers will help prioritize the content to be included, determine the optimal format, and ensure that the curriculum aligns with grade-appropriate DC learning standards. The group will meet three to four times beginning in spring 2020. To volunteer, please contact Dr. Mary Revenis at MRevenis@childrensnational.org.
2020-21 School Year Grant Forecast
OSSE is pleased to share the 2020-21 School Year Grant Forecast, a tool to help LEAs plan their budgets for the school year. This tool lists most of the formula and competitive grants that OSSE expects to release in the coming months. LEAs can use this tool to anticipate what grant opportunities will be available for the upcoming school year and inform budget development and strategic planning.
The forecast tool lists upcoming grant opportunities and includes anticipated application release and award dates, as well as anticipated funding amounts. It is important to note, however, that the information included in the forecast is subject to change. This forecast tool is not an official notice of availability and is only for planning purposes. Grant releases and awards are subject to funding availability and could change based on the fiscal year 2021 budget and any applicable legislation. LEAs will need to apply for grants in order to be considered for an award.
OSSE will provide regular updates to the grant forecast tool to provide LEAs with the most current information about our planned grant offerings. For questions or feedback regarding this forecast tool, please email OSSE.Grants@dc.gov.
Serve as an Ally Partner to Students Experiencing Homelessness
In an effort to expand awareness and support for youth and families experiencing homelessness in the District of Columbia, OSSE’s Homeless Education Program has established the Ally Partner Program. Through the program, interested LEAs, community-based organizations and DC agencies assisting families and youth experiencing transitions in housing will receive training on how to become a trusted point of contact for students experiencing homelessness. Allies are adults who identify themselves as individuals to whom students can go for help, without worrying about stigma or embarrassment. This is the second year of the program awareness model to recruit other caring adults to serve in this important role. Once allies are trained and certified, they will receive a choice of Ally Partner buttons, posters, stickers, and resource packets to assist LEAs and their liaisons.
School Health Profiles Deadline (reminder)
Under Section 602 of the Healthy Schools Act of 2010, each public school and public charter school in the District is required to complete and submit the School Health Profile to OSSE each year. The deadline for all public and public charter schools to complete the School Health Profiles is 5 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 17, 2020.
All profiles are completed through QuickBase. Principals and the 2019-20 school year health contact have been given access and should have received an email directly from QuickBase indicating they have been added as a user for the 2019-20 data collection. Instructions on how to complete the HSA profile can be found on the actual profile and on the School Health Profile webpage.
For technical assistance or access for another staff member, please contact OSSE’s Call Center at OSSE.Callcenter@dc.gov or (202) 719-6500.
Last Call: Support Early Childhood Educator Wellness in DC
Georgetown University's Early Childhood Innovation Network's Preschool Development Grant Team is calling on all Washington, DC infant, toddler and preschool teachers and classroom staff to share your experiences in the District and gain information to share with policymakers and programming officials. By sharing your stories, you are helping to inform health and wellness programs and policies in Washington, DC schools. If you are interested in taking the survey, please complete the survey by Friday, Feb. 28, 2020. The results will be used to inform health and wellness programs and policies in District schools and facilities.
LEA Financial Reporting Application Released – Submissions due March 5 (reminder)
In April 2020, the DC School Report Card website will be updated to include per-pupil financial expenditure data for each school and LEA for the 2018-19 school year. All LEAs are required to submit financial expenditure data on the LEA Financial Reporting application. LEAs will have until Thursday, March 5, 2020 to submit financial expenditure data through the application. Additional resources and instructions regarding this financial expenditure data submission requirement can be found on the Grants & Funding section on OSSE's website.
The application is available to the following LEA staff: Head of School, LEA Data Manager, Chief Financial Officer, and LEA Finance/Grants Manager. If you would like additional staff to have access to the application, they will need to be assigned one of those roles in eSchoolPLUS. For questions or to request access to the application, please contact Ryan Aurori at Ryan.Aurori@dc.gov.
Training for Mandated Reporters
OSSE's Division of Systems and Supports, K-12, in collaboration with the DC Office of the Attorney General (OAG) and the DC Child and Family Services Agency (CFSA), will host a mandated reporter training on Thursday, April 30, 2020. Mandated reporters are professionals obligated by the federal Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA) and DC law to report known or suspected incidents of child abuse and neglect. In DC, mandated reporters who should be trained include school officials, teachers, athletic coaches, counselors, social service workers, and other direct care professionals. This training is for new mandated reporters and also serves as a refresher course for previously identified mandated reporters.
The training will be held on Thursday, April 30, 2020, 1-4 p.m. at OSSE, First Floor, Eleanor Holmes Norton III, Room 110. Register
For more information or questions, please contact OSSE's Special Programs Unit at OSSE.SPU@dc.gov.
Youth Mental Health First Aid Workshop
Youth Mental Health First Aid USA is an eight-hour public education program that introduces participants to the unique risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems in adolescents, builds understanding of the importance of early intervention, and teaches individuals how to help an adolescent in crisis or experiencing a mental health challenge.
The course teaches participants the risk factors and warning signs of a variety of mental health challenges common among adolescents, including anxiety, depression, psychosis, eating disorders, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, disruptive behavior disorders, and substance use disorder.
This two-day workshop will take place on Thursday, March 12, 2020 and Friday, March 13, 2020, from 1-5 p.m. at OSSE, First Floor, Eleanor Holmes Norton II Room 109. Register - attendees can receive six social work or counseling continuing education units and must attend both days to receive credit for this training.
Implementing the McKinney-Vento Act: A Convening for Public Charter Schools(reminder)
LEA and school-based homeless liaisons from DC public charter schools are invited to a special convening to learn about laws and best practices for supporting students experiencing homelessness on Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020, from 9:30 a.m.-12:30p.m., at the Charles Sumner School Museum and Archieves.
Specifically for charter schools, the event features national expert Patricia Julianelle of SchoolHouse Connection, which is partnering with OSSE's Homeless Education Program for the event, and experienced presenters from public charter schools. Young people who have experienced homelessness also will share information and facilitate conversation and action planning with LEA and school-based homeless liaisons from DC public charter schools. On-going assistance from SchoolHouse Connection will be available to support you as you implement the identified best practices over the course of the 2019-20 school year and the next school year.
SchoolHouse Connection will provide breakfast at this convening, which will be held at the Charles Sumner School, 1201 17th St. NW, Room 300. Registration is required and space is limited to 100 participants. Please do not register for this convening unless you are certain you will attend. For more information questions, please view the event flyer or contact Tasheen Stallings at Tasheen.Stallings@dc.gov.
Systems for Building Teachers’ Emotional Intelligence: Register Today for the March CoP(reminder)
OSSE is pleased to open registration for the March session of the Talent as a Lever of Equity Community of Practice (CoP) series: Systems for Building Teachers’ Emotional Intelligence: Action Research and Application.
The CoP will take place on Tuesday, March 3, 2020, from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. at OSSE, First Floor, Eleanor Holmes Norton II/III, Rooms 109/110. It is intended for staff who lead and/or manage supports for teachers at the LEA or school level, staff who coach or mentor teachers, or staff at other education organizations focused on new teachers and/or emotional intelligence. Participants do not need to have attended previous CoP sessions to register. Register - registration is due by Tuesday, Feb. 18. For questions, please contact Rose Goff at Rose.Goff@dc.gov.
FY19 National Public Financial Education Survey(reminder)
The National Public Education Financial Survey (NPEFS) is the US Department of Education’s Annual Survey of School System Finances. The data from NPEFS are used to calculate a state per pupil expenditure amount that is used in the formula for allocating a number of federal program funds to states and school districts.
The data collection is for fiscal year 2019 (Oct. 1, 2018 - Sept. 30, 2019)
The data collection is required for all LEAs that opened for operation with teachers and students in July 2019.
Two webinar sessions will be held on the following dates. Register
Tuesday, March 3, 2020, 11 a.m.-12 p.m.
Thursday, March 5, 2020, 11 a.m.-12 p.m.
Please plan to attend one of the scheduled webinars. We encourage LEA Chief Financial Officers and LEA Fiscal Staff to attend the webinar. For more information or questions, please contact Ometta Riggins at (202) 741-5935.
Emergency Epinephrine Administration Training(reminder)
Did you know? Every public and public charter school in the District is required by law to have a minimum of two staff certified in the epinephrine administration each year. OSSE’s Allergy Management Team will host an Epinephrine Administration Training on March 18 to provide this certification. Employees who complete this training will be certified by OSSE to administer emergency epinephrine for one year. As part of this course, participants will learn how to identify and prevent severe allergic reactions, the proper storage of epinephrine auto-injectors, and protocols for safely administering epinephrine during an emergency.
The training will be held on Wednesday, March 18, 2020 from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. at OSSE, 1050 First St. NE, Sixth Floor, Charles Drew (Room 622). To register, please complete the training sign up form at least three days prior to the selected training date. OSSE also supports schools that wish to train more than the required minimum of two staff by hosting on-site trainings at schools for groups of 10-20 individuals. To request an on-site training, please complete the training sign up form.
For questions, please contact OSSE’s Allergy Management Team at OSSE.Epi@dc.gov.
Nonviolent Crisis Intervention Training(reminder)
The Nonviolent Crisis Intervention training program, developed by Crisis Prevention Institute (CPI), is embraced worldwide as a highly effective behavior management system for organizations committed to providing quality care and services in a respectful, safe environment. The strategies taught in the Nonviolent Crisis Intervention training program provide participants with a proven framework for decision making and problem solving to prevent, de-escalate, and safely respond to disruptive or assaultive behavior. This training is beneficial for behavioral health professionals, educators, health care professionals, health service professionals, and service-oriented professionals. This event will not review physical restraint techniques.
This training will be held on Friday, March 20, 2020, from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at OSSE, 1050 First St. NE, First Floor, Eleanor Holmes Norton II, 109. Register
Registration Now Open: 2020 DC Talent Summit(reminder)
OSSE and EdFuel are pleased to announce the fourth annual 2020 DC Talent Summit, on Thursday, April 2, 2020, 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. at OSSE, 1050 First St. NE, First Floor, Eleanor Holmes Norton Conference Room.
The Talent Summit is targeted towards talent leaders at the LEA or school level (e.g., directors of talent or recruitment, school leaders) and leaders managing educator development at the LEA or school level (e.g., principal, AP, instructional coach, mentoring and induction program director, managers of teacher supports). Participants will leave the Talent Summit with actionable tools and resources for improving talent and development practices at their organization. Register
Help Your Students Get Up to $10,000 in DCTAG Funds (reminder) Did you know that OSSE's DC Tuition Assistance Grant (DCTAG) provides up to $10,000 in tuition assistance to eligible DC residents attending out-of-state public institutions of higher education? Eligible students attending private Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and select private local institutions are eligible for up to $2,500. The DCTAG application is now open! Apply today at dconeapp.dc.gov. Don’t miss this funding opportunity that is available to only residents of the District of Columbia! For more information, please visit the DCTAG website.