DC Collaborative Suspends Field Trips through April 3, in response to COVID-19 Directives from DCPS
Messages to Members on March 12, 2020, 12:00 PM
Since the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak reached the DC, MD, and VA area, the health, safety and well-being of our community is a top priority and concern for all of us at the DC Arts and Humanities Education Collaborative. And, we know it is for you, too.
The DC Collaborative is suspending all field-trips, in-school workshops/ residencies and professional development workshops offered through the DC Collaborative's Arts and Humanities for Every Student (AHFES) program tomorrow, March 13 through Friday, April 3, due to the State of Emergency and Public Health Crisis declaration and the DCPS Chancellor's event and travel update. We recommend other arts and humanities education organizations also follow suit.
If this impacts your AHFES experiences, we will contact all teachers and bus vendors for you and include you on the communications. Additionally, a member of the DC Collaborative team will follow up with a phone call to discuss this fluid situation and how we will continue to work with you to make arts and humanities resources accessible to all.
Here's what we need from all you (including out-of-school and after school providers)! Please fill out these two forms as soon as possible:
- Arts and Humanities Online and Printable Resources in Response to COVID-19... Together, let's help our schools provide digital and printable* learning opportunities from our arts and humanities organizations! DC Collaborative is compiling a list of online and printable arts and humanities education resources from our members that DCPS and DC public charter schools can share with their students and families. Be a part of it by filling in this form.
- *We want to make sure these resources are equitable, so please include printable materials so schools can distribute the resources to students who don't have online access.
- COVID-19 Contingency Planning Survey... We are also interested in your institution's contingency plan, from cleaning high touch areas to limiting contact both for students/ teachers and the general public. Please complete this form.
What We Know as of Today, 3/12/2020, 12:30 PM:
Like most of you, the DC Collaborative has been proactively monitoring the COVID-19 situation and continuously following updates from Mayor Bowser and DCPS along with messages from other local and national public health responses. We know that you are also concerned and making contingency plans at your cultural organizations as well. As the situation evolves and while schools remain open, we shall provide updates, especially as they relate to coordinating arts and humanities educational field-trips and related outings to DC cultural institutions.
- The DC Collaborative encourages you to regularly check the DC Public Schools website, as well as the communications from the Mayor's office at coronavirus.dc.gov for the most up-to-date news on the Coronavirus. The DC Collaborative will relay updates as we receive more information.
- Additionally, you may view the DC Collaborative's Website for a list of helpful resources and announcements along with how to communicate with DC Public Schools: http://bit.ly/2IB0ARH
- View the DC Collaborative's COVID-19 Response message, sent March 10, 2020. Archive Link.
NEW Announcements as of 3/12/2020 12:30 PM:
DC Public Schools Event and Travel Update
DCPS has issued an event and travel update, following guidance issued by DC Health on canceling non-essential mass gatherings, DC Public Schools (DCPS) is taking preventative measures around travel and high-attendance events for students and staff.
- DCPS is Closed Monday, March 16: If you have in-school programming that day, it needs to be cancelled. If your trips were organized through the DC Collaborative, they have been cancelled.
- DC Health Department Advisory: Today, March 11th, DC DC Health issue recommendation that non-essential mass gatherings, including conferences and conventions, be postponed or cancelled. Mass gatherings are defined as events where 1,000 or more people congregate in a specific location. They also recommend that any social, cultural, or entertainment events where large crowds are anticipated be reconsidered by the organizer. This recommendation is in effect through March 31.
Community Webinars/ DC Collaborative Zoom Chats:
- Teaching Artists of the MidAtlantic- Webinar for Teaching Artists | Friday, March 13, 2 PM | Register -- Teaching Artists of the Mid-Atlantic, the Association of Teaching Artists, Teaching Artists Guild, National Guild for Community Arts Education, NYC Arts in Education Roundtable and Creative Generation will present a free webinar panel regarding the impact of COVID-19 on Teaching Artists, the arts education field and its stakeholders. Register Here
- DC Collaborative Daily Zoomchats | Daily at 11 AM Beginning March 16 -- The DC Collaborative is hosting open office hours ZoomChat to discuss local updates related to COVID-19 and the arts/humanities education community daily at 11 AM beginning Monday, March 16.
- Login credentials: Video chat meeting link: https://zoom.us/j/8531648236; Dial-in: +1 669 900 6833; Meeting ID: 853 164 8236
- DC Collaborative State of Arts and Humanities Education Online "Town Hall" | March 23, 2 PM | Register-- Join us, hear from and ask questions with our key partners at the Commission on the Arts and Humanities and DC Public Schools at our State of the Arts and Humanities Online "Town Hall" to voice your support. Register Here
Most appreciative of our work together as students need continued and sustained access to arts and humanities learning resources now more than ever! Please contact me regarding the COVID-19 response at Lissa@DCCollaborative.org or 202-470-6467 ext. 3.
Executive Director, DC Arts and Humanities Education Collaborative