Help Connect College-Bound Students Experiencing Homelessness with OSSE College Starter Kits (reminder)
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates in the District Opportunity for Feedback: Draft Attendance Policy 2020-21 School Year: As a part of the District of Columbia’s response to coronavirus (COVID-19), OSSE is offering this draft guidance document to lay out the proposed attendance collection policy for the 2020-21 school year. This guidance is being issued as a draft to collect feedback before final publication and related rulemaking. Feedback on the policy can be provided to Justin Tooley, deputy chief of staff, at Justin.Tooley@dc.gov. Please provide feedback by 5 p.m. on Friday, June 19, 2020.
Nationwide Waiver of Local School Wellness Policy Triennial Assessments in the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs(reminder): The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service is establishing a nationwide waiver to support LEAs unable to complete a local wellness policy (LWP) triennial assessment by Tuesday, June 30, 2020 as a result of closures due to coronavirus (COVID-19). OSSE recognizes the impact COVID-19 school closures have had on District LEAs’ ability to complete a LWP triennial assessment and has elected to use this waiver.
LEAs that are required to complete a LWP triennial assessment by Tuesday, June 30, 2020 may elect to receive a one-year waiver with a new deadline of Wednesday, June 30, 2021.
LEAs wishing to accept a new deadline must inform OSSE on or before Tuesday, June 30, 2020 by emailing OSSE.SchoolHealth@dc.gov citing “LWP waiver extension” in the subject line. OSSE will acknowledge receipt of the message.
OSSE must receive notice from LEAs wishing to utilize the one-year waiver by Tuesday, June 30, 2020.
LEAs are not required to utilize the one-year waiver and may choose to complete their local wellness policy triennial assessment by Tuesday, June 30, 2020. Completed triennial assessments and updates to LWPs may be sent to OSSE at OSSE.SchoolHealth@dc.gov. OSSE stands ready to provide support and assistance to LEAs regarding local wellness policies. OSSE plans to release a guide in the coming months to support the development of high-quality LWPs, including specific sections updated to reflect new considerations in light of coronavirus (COVID-19).
If you are not sure if your LEA local wellness policy triennial assessment is due or if you have questions, please email OSSE.SchoolHealth@dc.gov, citing “LWP waiver extension” in the subject line.
DC Tuition Assistance Grant (DCTAG) 2020-21 Deadline Extended (reminder): OSSE is extending the deadline for applicants to complete the DCTAG application and submit all supporting documentation from Tuesday, June 30, 2020 to Thursday, July 23,2020. View guidance on OSSE's website.
The DCTAG application opened Saturday, Feb. 1, 2020 for the 2020-21 academic year, which includes the fall 2020 and spring 2021 semesters. Applicants must submit certain supporting documentation to prove domicile in the District of Columbia. A prior year Certified D-40 Tax Return from the DC Office of Tax and Revenue (OTR) is a commonly used document to demonstrate domicile.
In response to coronavirus (COVID-19), Mayor Bowser and OTR extended the District of Columbia’s tax filing deadline from April 15, 2020 to July 15, 2020. OSSE’s extension of the DCTAG application deadline to Thursday, July 23, 2020 will allow families taking advantage of the extended tax filing deadline to use the Certified D-40 Tax Return to demonstrate domicile for DCTAG. For more information, please visit the DCTAG website.
OSSE Guidance: For access to all COVID-19-related published guidance from OSSE, please visit OSSE's website.
For resources and information about the District of Columbia Government’s coronavirus (COVID-19) response and recovery efforts, please visit coronavirus.dc.gov.
Significant Disproportionality Methodology Update – Utilization of Multi-Year Flexibility(reminder)
Each year, OSSE examines its LEAs for racial and ethnic disparities in special education using its methodology for significant disproportionality. As a result, OSSE identifies LEAs that exceed its risk ratio threshold for significant disproportionality on an annual basis. Moving forward, OSSE will implement the multi-year flexibility to identify LEAs as having significant disproportionality. Under this flexibility, OSSE will continue to examine LEAs for significant disproportionality annually, but will only identify LEAs that exceed the risk ratio thresholds in the same analysis category for up to three years.
To gradually implement this change, for the 2019-20 school year, OSSE will identify LEAs that were identified as having a significant disproportionality last school year (2018-19) and for this school year (2019-20). Beginning in the 2020-21 school year and in following years, OSSE will only identify LEAs that exceed the risk ratio threshold for three consecutive years.
Additional information on this update will be provided during the monthly OSSE Special Education Point of Contact Webinar (date TBD) and annual trainings on LEA required activities related to significant disproportionality (dates TBD). For more information on significant disproportionality, including the revised methodology, please visit OSSE's Significant Disproportionality website.
Register Today! Summer 2020 Virtual PD Sessions for DC Educators
OSSE's Division of Teaching and Learning (TAL) is excited to announce its Summer 2020 PD Series, all of which will be hosted through virtual platforms. Our summer series includes a diverse range of content topics, but a common theme of preparing educators to meet the needs of students this fall, whether that be inside the walls of a classroom, through distance learning, or a blended learning model.
Who Can Attend? Sessions are open to all educators serving in public and public charters schools in the District. Most courses will provide OSSE professional learning units (PLUs). Please reference the individual course descriptions for more details on PLU requirements, target audience, and session objectives.
Grant Management Training Opportunities
OSSE is offering several optional virtual trainings to support effective grants management. The training topics were based on feedback from LEA leadership and staff on needs for planning and implementing grants most effectively and maximizing uses of funds.
All LEA staff are welcome to attend and individuals directly responsible for grants oversight are strongly encouraged to attend the following sessions:
Implementing the Uniform Grants Guidance (UGG) includes topics such as procurement, cost principles and record keeping
Friday Math Series: Digital Tools for Teaching Math Remotely(reminder)
Interested in learning how other teachers in the District of Columbia are teaching math remotely? Join OSSE and your fellow K-12 educators each Friday in June where we will highlight a digital tool and share how teachers in the District are using the tool to improve distance learning. At the end of each session, math teachers will be encouraged to ask questions, share challenges and brainstorm solutions together. Different tools will be shared each week:
Friday, June 12, 2020, 11-11:45 a.m. Supporting Independent Math Practice with Explain Everything
Friday, June 19, 2020, 2-2:45 p.m. Creating Instructional Math Videos with Screencastify
Friday, June 26, 2020, 11-11:45 a.m. Math Assessments with Edulastic
Participants are encouraged, but not required, to attend all four sessions. Participants who attend at least two sessions are eligible to receive OSSE professional learning units (PLUs). All registration links are found in the OSSE Training Registration app—search for each session by date and title, then scroll right to select “Add Registration.” For questions, contact Tanaga Rodgers at Tanaga.Rodgers@dc.gov.
OSSE School-Based Professional Learning Partnership Application(reminder)
Research shows that ongoing job-embedded professional learning has the greatest impact on improving student outcomes. In order to support the District’s school communities in building professional learning systems, OSSE's TAL Division invites school-based leaders to apply for a year-long professional learning experience of up to five full days on a particular focal area. In this partnership:
School-based leaders apply for a professional learning series for their staff in a particular focal area.
The professional learning series will be scheduled to occur throughout the year, for up to five full days.
Sessions will take place in person at the school or virtually, as needed.
If selected, school-based leaders will:
Work with TAL to schedule sessions for the year;
Ensure staff participate in each session and complete survey evaluations;
Help collect observational data on implementation of learning objectives; and
Oversee staff applying new practices between professional learning sessions, with support from TAL.
LEA or school leadership approval is required to participate in the program. If a large number of applications is received, selections will be based on school need and TAL capacity. Apply by Friday, June 19, 2020. For questions, please contact Jenye Fletcher at Jenye.Fletcher@dc.gov.
CARES-ESSER Application Release on June 15
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund (ESSER Fund) grant application is scheduled to be released in the Enterprise Grants Management System (EGMS) on Monday, June 15, 2020.
Per federal requirements, CARES-ESSER funds are subgranted to LEAs based on the 2019-20 Title I, Part A (Title I-A) formula. If you have reported to OSSE that you are a new or expanding charter school, this has been considered in preliminary allocations and will be updated in final allocations later this summer. OSSE recognizes that the current situation is impacting all public schools, including those that do not receive Title I-A funds and is continuing to review options to meet those needs.
Eligible LEAs may apply in EGMS beginning on June 15, 2020. The period of availability for CARES-ESSER funds is March 13, 2020 through Sept. 30, 2022. To request reimbursement for allowable costs between March 13, 2020 to Sept. 30, 2020, an application must be submitted to OSSE by Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020 at 3 p.m. OSSE will review and approve applications on a rolling basis as they are submitted.
The application overview webinar will be held on Monday, June 22, 2020, from 3-4 p.m. Register
Eligible LEA staff responsible for CARES-ESSER grant planning and submission are encouraged to attend. The webinar will be posted on OSSE's website shortly after June 22, 2020. For questions on the CARES-ESSER grant program, please contact OSSE.Cares@dc.gov.
SOAR FFY19 Academic Quality / Early Childhood Application to Open June 15
SOAR Academic Quality and Early Childhood formula grant applications will be available for charter LEAs to complete in the Enterprise Grants Management System (EGMS) on Monday, June 15, 2020. Applications are due by 3 p.m. on Monday, July 13, 2020. Funds allocated to LEAs that do not submit an application in EGMS by the due date will be reallocated to eligible LEAs that meet the deadline. OSSE will begin its review of applications as they are received and anticipates completing all reviews by July 27, 2020.
Applicants are invited to participate in a suggested pre-application webinar on Thursday, June 18, 2020, from 2-3 p.m. Register
Information about the SOAR Academic Quality/Early Childhood grants, including the recording of the webinar, will be made available on the OSSE website.
Nita M. Lowey 21st Century Community Learning Centers Grant Competition (reminder)
OSSE is accepting applications for the Nita M. Lowey 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) grant competition. Applications must be submitted in OSSE’s Enterprise Grants Management System (EGMS) by 3 p.m. today, June 12 in order to be eligible for review.
Eligible agencies include LEAs, community-based organizations, other public or private entities, or consortia of two or more of such agencies or organizations. Organizations that initially received awards in fiscal year 2019 (FY19) or FY20 and are scheduled to receive a 21st CCLC continuation grant award in FY21 are ineligible to apply at this time. Organizations that initially received awards in FY18 and may be applying for a no-cost extension are eligible to apply.
The total funding available for 21st CCLC awards is $8.55 million. The 21st CCLC grant award period will begin July 1, 2020. Successful applicants will be funded for two additional years (FY22 and FY23) subject to funding availability. Applicants will need to create an EGMS username and password to access the 21st CCLC application. The 21st CCLC Request for Applications and application submission guidance are available on OSSE’s webpage. For questions, please contact OSSE at 21stcclc.Info@dc.gov or (202) 442-3255.
ESEA and IDEA Fiscal Year 2021 Phase I Assurances Released(reminder)
LEA leaders and grant managers should have received email notification(s) on Monday, June 1, that the Phase I Assurances for ESEA and IDEA Part B applications have been released in the Enterprise Grants Management System (EGMS). The Phase I applications for both grants are due by 3 p.m. on Tuesday, June 30, 2020.
Help Connect College-Bound Students Experiencing Homelessness with OSSE College Starter Kits(reminder)
Over the past few years, OSSE has purchased items to create college care packages for DC Charter and Public School students experiencing homelessness who were accepted and enrolled into college classes for their fall & spring academic year. Recipients received travel luggage, a laptop with Microsoft programs, school supplies, a backpack, towel sets, personal hygiene products, and other essential items to support their transition as a college student. This opportunity is available for 2019-20 school year high school graduates while supplies last. We know this is an uncertain time for all of our students, and we want to equip them with the supplies they may need at some point in the future. For more information and to apply, please visit OSSE's website. Students also have the option of completing and submitting their application along with the required documents online via SurveyMonkey. All submissions are due by Tuesday, June 30, 2020. For additional information or questions, please contact Tasheen Stallings at Tasheen.Stallings@dc.gov.