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Parents, you now have dates for when summer school and next year’s academic year begin, if your kids go to a DC Public School, that is. 

Mayor Muriel Bowser announced that DCPS summer school starts June 22 and runs through July 24 during Friday’s press conference on COVID-19. Learning will continue to be remote. If the city enters Stage 2—meaning we move from declining virus transmission to only localized transmission—DCPS will have an in-person summer bridge program focused on grades 3, 6, and 9, beginning Aug. 10 for two weeks. This will be optional. DCPS Chancellor Lewis Ferebee says the program could benefit students during transitional years and has heard from families that are interested in opportunities to establish relationships ahead of the start of school. Because of the limited number of students, there should be room for social distancing in schools, Ferebee assured. 

The DCPS school year will begin, either in-person or at home, on Aug. 31, as previously scheduled. The executive says it is collaborating with the charter sector to “align” start dates. Some were hoping to start school earlier to recoup learning that was lost as families got acclimated to remote-style teaching this past academic year. Deputy Mayor for Education Paul Kihn says they have a few plans in place for next school year in order to address that. The expectation is that schools will build in additional time for learning next academic year, perhaps longer school days or Saturday learning, and to have diagnostic tests at the start to understand where students’ needs are. “We do believe that students will need additional time to support and sustain the work that they are doing,” said Kihn.    

Kihn says next week the city is launching a family engagement survey, where they’ll solicit parents’ feedback on what kind of schedules work from them. Ferebee says DCPS is looking at a number of scheduling options, where students continue to learn at home or move in-person, perhaps both. 

Schools shouldn’t return to pre-pandemic operations until there’s a vaccine or cure, according to the Post’s Perry Stein, who read through the ReOpen DC advisory group’s recommendations. The executive, of course, isn’t bound to the recommendations outlined in the report.  

The Department of Parks and Recreation summer camp prevails, but at home. Digital content, self-guided activities, and “fun packs” will be given to 5,000 families who’d like to participate. This is free. To families who already paid for in-person camps, don’t worry, you’ll get a refund. There could be an in-person summer camp at 27 different locations with 10 participants per camp, if we ever move to Stage 2. Also, the Mayor Marion Barry Summer Youth Employment Program goes virtual, beginning June 22.   

For graduating seniors, you haven’t been forgotten: Planning is underway to hold virtual ceremonies. Each school will hold its own graduation and they are still finalizing details for how students can get their cap and gown. “We wanna see you all over social media on how you are celebrating with your families,” Bowser said to graduates. —Amanda Michelle Gomez (tips? agomez@washingtoncitypaper.com)

CITY DESK LINKS, by Amanda Michelle Gomez (tips? agomez@washingtoncitypaper.com

  • D.C. reported six additional deaths, bringing the total number of lives lost to COVID-19 to 418. As of May 21, 7,893 of the 42,993 tested for COVID-19 turned up positive results. According to May 20 data, D.C. has experienced a 12-day decrease in community spread; meaning the city is just two days short of meeting a key requirement to enter Stage 1 of phased reopening. [EOM

  • The report released by Bowser’s ReOpen DC advisory group explains how each sector should open but stops short of proposing bold, specific recommendations. [DCist

  • Ward 1 Councilmember Brianne Nadeau suggests how Columbia Heights and Mount Pleasant could create more space for pedestrians and cyclists, seeing as the ReOpen DC report is void of specifics. Councilmembers Mary Cheh of Ward 3 and Charles Allen of Ward 6 are also calling for more open spaces. [Twitter, DCist]

LOOSE LIPS LINKS, by Mitch Ryals (tips? mryals@washingtoncitypaper.com

  • The polls are open (but you should vote by mail if you can). [BOE]

  • Low numbers of absentee ballot requests east of the river. [DCist, BOE]

  • Unsuck DC Metro loses court battle for records. [Unsuck]

  • Greyhound will pay $125,000 for violating D.C.’s anti-idling law. [WJLA, Post]

  • Another new U.S. Attorney in D.C. [Post]

YOUNG & HUNGRY LINKS, by Laura Hayes(tips? lhayes@washingtoncitypaper.com

  • What the three stages of reopening could look like for D.C. bars and restaurants. [WCP]

  • How to eat salteñas, a Bolivian soup-filled pastry now available for pick-up or delivery in D.C. [WCP]

  • Montmartre Bistro closes on Capitol Hill. [Post]

  • La Tascafiles for bankruptcy following a string of closures. [WBJ]

ARTS LINKS, by Kayla Randall (tips? krandall@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • The Lovebirds is a fun time, but predictable. [WCP]

  • D.C. Memorial Day events head online. [DCist]

  • Check out the National Park Service’s new social distancing posters. [Washingtonian]

SPORTS LINKS, by Kelyn Soong (tips? ksoong@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • The popular and competitive Montgomery County Swim League has been canceled for the 2020 season due to the COVID-19 pandemic. MCSL counts Olympic gold medalists Katie Ledecky and Jack Conger among its former participants and routinely includes some of the strongest swimmers in the country. [MCSL]

  • It’s next year or never for the Tokyo Olympics. [Guardian]

  • Most Nats players won’t actually receive a ring during the team’s virtual ring ceremony this Sunday. They’re set to receive them a few days later. [The Athletic]

  • ICYMI: Black runners in the D.C. area share why the Ahmaud Arbery story feels all too familiar. [WCP]

CITY LIGHTS, by Emma Sarappo (Love this section? Get the full newsletter here. Tips? esarappo@washingtoncitypaper.com)

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