PTO Sharing Information and Resources
Fri, Apr 10 4:32pm

Dear JBES families:

 

We made it to week 3 of distant learning.  And, the entire JBES community deserves a gold star for making this transition so quickly and with grace. 

 

On behalf of the PTO, I want to share a few announcements:

  • First, some good news. This week, work began to refinish the floor and stage in the multipurpose room.  A non-profit called Dreambuilders donated to DCPS on behalf of an anonymous Redskins player who wanted to improve an athletic facility at a school. We were chosen.  While this is not the replacement that the PTO Advocacy Committee has been pushing for, it is immediate and will make the floor safe for our kids.  The best part is the work will be competed when the school reopens!

 

  • Speaking of reopening, Mayor Bowser announced that school closures will extend beyond April 27. She has not announced a reopening date.

 

  • While the school is closed, please remember that the playground is also closed.

 

  • There is no school on April 16th and 24th

 

We also want to share a few resources:

 

  • DCPS is operating 29 meal-distribution sites. Lunch and a shelf-stable breakfast are served to ALL students 18 and younger, Monday through Friday, 10:00 a.m.- 2:00 p.m. Find more information here.

 

 

  • Earlier this week, the Council passed an amendment to the COVID-19 emergency bill that includes:
    • Rent freeze (not only in rent-controlled homes)
    • Mortgage payment deferrals
    • Expands unemployment insurance to include self-employment, gig workers, those seeking part-time work and others “who otherwise would not qualify”
    • Expanded prohibition of utility shutoffs to include cable and telecommunications service
    • Prohibits debt-collection lawsuits and the seizures of cars and other property.

  

  • The Council of District of Columbia passed an emergency bill in response to the COVID-19 pandemic last month. It has several important highlights:
    • Evictions and utility cut-offs are temporarily prohibited. Violations should be reported to the Attorney General’s Office of Consumer Protection: 202-442-9828; email protection@dc.gov; or submit a complaint online. 
    • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits are expanded.
    • SNAP certification periods are extended through April 2020.
    • SNAP interviews may be done over the phone.
    • Time limits for able-bodied adults without dependents (ABAWD) are temporarily and partially suspended.
    • Apply for SNAP benefits here.
  • Special Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) has waived the requirement for a mother or a mother and child to be physically present for certification, recertification, and check-ups. Benefits can be distributed by mail.
  • Special Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) has waived the requirement for a mother or a mother and child to be physically present for certification, recertification, and check-ups. Benefits can be distributed by mail.
  •  Finally, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has made exceptions to the public charge rule in order to encourage immigrants to get tested and treated for COVID-19. These exceptions were made to address fear that being tested or treated would have a negative effect on their visa extensions or green-card processes.  Every District resident, without regard to immigration status, may use several programs which include WIC; programs offered through public schools, and health insurance through the DC Healthcare Alliance or Immigrant Children’s Program.  Learn more here.   

  

We’ll share more information so look for our updates.   

 

Please continue to reach out to us with questions and concerns.  We appreciate getting information about resources that support children,  families and our community during this unprecedented time.  

 

Stay healthy and well,

 

PTO Executive Committee