Updated July 8, 2021
Family Focus Group Opportunity
Greetings IP Families –
We hope you are well and enjoying your summer breaks. We certainly miss your scholars and are eager to kick off the new school year.
As you may recall, you completed a survey towards the end of the school year to help us begin our planning for 2021-22 and beyond. We’d love to gather your valuable insight on the progress of our work thus far and are hosting a series of focus groups to hear from you! Your voice is essential as we dig deeply into finalizing our “why” and design a school program that continues to reflect the hopes and dreams you have for your IP scholar.
Our partners, Attuned Education Partners, will facilitate four in-person and virtual focus groups on July 22 & 23. These sessions are conveniently planned during the evening, morning and lunch hours so that you can participate in a session that works best for you. Be sure to RSVP today using the link here as space is limited. Light snacks and beverages will be provided at all in-person sessions.
If you have any questions, please reach out to Ms. Naya, Family & Community Engagement Manager at 202-421-8692.
School Year 2021-22 Updates
Ingenuity Prep Families –
We hope you are having a fun and healthy summer holiday, far thus. After this school year, we hope everyone has an opportunity for a break. Again, thank you for your partnership throughout this past school year as we navigated virtual learning and a global pandemic. The commitment you showed throughout those uncertain times is encouraging for our year ahead. As we prepare for the 2021-22 school year, we wanted to share, below, important information so you can be fully prepared for our return on August 18th.
Ingenuity Prep 2021-22 Operating Plans
For the 2021-22 school year, Ingenuity Prep will:
have instruction in-person, five days a week, for all students at all grade levels.
- Per D.C. city-wide regulations, virtual learning will only be available to students with a medical exemption.
- If you would like to apply for a medical exemption for your student, please take a look at the FAQs doc and complete and return this form to firstname.lastname@example.org by July 16.
return to our full-day schedule — from 8 a.m. to 3:40 p.m. daily — and will have our Before school (7-7:35 a.m.) and After school (3:40-6:00 p.m.)programming.
require all students, staff and visitors to wear masks indoors unless when eating or napping.
per DC Health guidance, families will be required to wear masks during pick-up and drop-off.
Virtual Family Forum – July 22nd
Please join us on Thursday, July 22nd at 5PM for a virtual family forum to discuss school year 2021-22 preparations, COVID-19 health and safety policies and general information (uniforms, immunization requirements, etc.). Please bring any questions you may have about the school year. We are happy to answer!
Family Forum Zoom link HERE
Meeting ID: 886 7984 7937
Back to School Night – August 16th
We are excited to host an in-person Back to School Night on Monday, August 16th. Please join us to meet your student’s teacher and receive an academy tour. The time is forthcoming. Dessert and games will be provided! We hope to see everyone!!
First Day of School – August 18th
A reminder that the first day of school for all academies is Wednesday, August 18th. Please see our operating plans above for additional details.
Per D.C. Health regulations, all students attending school in DC must present proof of appropriately spaced immunizations by the first day of school. It is incredibly important that your student has all the necessary immunizations to protect themselves from disease and also to prevent any long-term school absences, due to non-compliance. Please see the list of required immunizations by age here and list of immunization clinics here.
Uniforms will be required as we return for the 2021-22 school year. Ingenuity Prep will distribute 2 free shirts per scholar to all families at our in-person Back to School Night on August 16th. If you are interested in purchasing additional Ingenuity Prep-branded polo shirts, you can visit the Risse Brothers website here. Please select Ingenuity Prep PCS in Washington, D.C. and enter your student’s gender and grade level then filter on polos. Risse Brothers will ship the branded polo shirts directly to your home address.
As COVID-19 vaccine accessibility has grown to include all adults and children 12 and older, Ingenuity Prep wants to encourage all families — for the health and safety of your children and all of our students and staff — to get your student and yourselves vaccinated this summer. Vaccination is our surest and safest way to ensure our students have the best year possible next year with limited school disruptions. Please see information about COVID-19 vaccination walk-up sites here.
Intent to Return Survey
As we plan for next year, we are asking families to confirm your intent to return via this survey. It’s incredibly important we have this data to ensure we are planning the proper academic program based on the number of learners.
We hope that you and your family continue to have a safe and healthy summer break. You can expect continuous updates and information from us as we get closer to the first day of school. We can’t wait to see families and students for the 2021-22 school year! If you have any questions, please email us at email@example.com or call us at (202) 529-0391.
End of Year Letter & Updates from Our Co-Founder & CEO
Ingenuity Prep Families –
We’ve reached the conclusion of another school year at Ingenuity Prep! It’s not the school year anyone would have wished for but we are so appreciative of the hard work, dedication, and resiliency shown by our students, families, and staff to do everything possible to ensure a strong year of student learning while also building community within our classrooms and Academies.
IP Families, thank you for entrusting Ingenuity Prep with the education of your students during this extraordinary school year! You have always been — and will always be — our most important partner in your child’s education and that was especially true this year! Our team at Ingenuity Prep are honored to have the incredible responsibility of helping to grow your students and preparing them to succeed in college and beyond as impactful civic leaders. Thank you again.
Even as we close out this school year, we’re already hard at work preparing for next year. Next year — as we grow to more than 800 students across PreK3 to 8th grade — we’ll have our first graduating class of 8th graders! Though there are many things to finalize prior to our first day of school on August 18th (see our full calendar), I’m excited to share with you a few of our plans for SY21-22 now, so you know what to expect for next school year.
We will have instruction in-person, five days a week, for all students at all grade levels.
We will be returning to our full-day schedule — from 8 a.m. to 3:40 p.m. daily — and will have our Before school (7-7:35 a.m.) and After school (3:40-6:00 p.m.) programming.
Many health and safety protocols — including mask wearing — will be in place to start the year — and likely through much, if not all, of the year.
Per D.C. city-wide regulations, virtual learning will only be available to students with a medical exemption. If you would like to apply for a medical exemption for your student, please take a look at theFAQs docand complete and return this firstname.lastname@example.org by July 16.
As we continue to plan for next year, we’re also thinking about how to best make use of additional funds that have been provided to schools to recover from the pandemic. To help guide us in how we make use of that funding, we’d love to hear from you as to what you would like to see us spend those funds on. Please share your input with us in this two question survey here. We look forward to incorporating your voice into our plan. We’ll share our plans with you as they’re developed.
Lastly, there is one key factor that will help make our return to normal operations and limit disruptions throughout the year — COVID-19 vaccination. As COVID-19 vaccine accessibility has grown to include all adults and children 12 and older, I want to encourage all families — for the health and safety of your children and all of our students and staff — to get your student vaccinated this summer. Vaccination is our surest and safest way to ensure our students have the best year possible next year and the make-up learning that is needed is possible.
I hope that you and your family have a safe and healthy summer break. You should expect to receive updates and information from us as we get closer to the new school year. Students, our IP staff love you and can’t wait to see you when the 2021-22 school year begins again on August 18!
All my best,
Co-Founder and CEO
Final Report Card Distribution
This year, final report cards will be mailed to families at the address we currently have on file. We expect report cards will be mailed by Friday, June 25th. Please call us at 202-562-0391 to update or confirm the address we have on file.
End-of-Year Celebration & Chromebook Return
Congratulations on making it through another school year. We are so happy and ready to celebrate the end of the school year 2020-21 with you.
As we start to prepare for summer break, we wanted to let you know of our Chromebook return plan. We will be collecting all Chromebooks, chargers, and hotspots (if you received one) starting Thursday, June 17th. Please review the technology agreement that was signed at the beginning of the school year. Below is the schedule for the Chromebook drop-off window. Once you drop-off the device, you will receive a notification saying that you are all set, or provided an invoice if there are any damages to your device.
If you cannot make the dates above, please contact Ingenuity Prep at 202-562-0391 to schedule an appointment.
For families that do not return the device by the timeframe and do not make any arrangements, an invoice of $100 will be sent to the contact information provided.
In the meantime, if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at 202-562-0391.
Make Sure Your Student’s Immunizations Are Up To Date
As we look to the 2021-22 school year and as select students return to in-person instruction this Spring, your student must be up to date on immunizations (excluding COVID-19 vaccine) in order to attend school. You can start preparing now by calling your student’s doctor to ensure their immunizations are up to date with DC school requirements.