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Update: December 31, 2021

Dear CHEC Families:

I hope all are well and having a wonderful winter break! Happy New Year to all of you!

Thank you for all of your patience and support during these challenging times. As always, safety and health are foremost in our minds. I am writing with some CHEC specific updates to the Test to Return plan for DCPS. As you have heard, all students must provide proof of a negative COVID 19 test in order to return to classes on January 5th. Below is the CHEC  plan for test distribution, and for entry on January 5th:

  • You can pick up tests at any DCPS school on Monday or Tuesday January 3rd or 4th. If families want to get a head start on picking up a rapid antigen test, tests will be available at four firehouses on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from noon until 4:00 p.m.:
  • Engine 4 at 2531 Sherman Avenue NW
  • Engine 8 at 1520 C Street SE
  • Engine 31 at 4930 Connecticut Avenue NW
  • Engine 33 at 101 Atlantic Street SE  
  • At CHEC we will distribute tests on Monday, January 3rd from 1 to 4 pm, and Tuesday, January 4th from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm in 3 locations in front of the building. Once you pick up your test, either from CHEC or another site,  please follow the steps below:

  1. Pick up a COVID-19 Rapid Antigen Test.
  2. On Tuesday, take the easy to use, at home test using the instructions provided. Students must have tested within 24 hours of their planned return to school. Families may choose to utilize their own antigen or PCR testing option, but tests administered before January 4 will not be accepted.
  3. Upload your test results. Provide proof of negative test results (a photo of the results)  to return by Tuesday, January 4 at 5:00 pm.
  4. Continue to monitor your children for any symptoms of COVID-19. Families should keep their student at home, regardless of their test result, if they are showing any symptoms; and/or they are required to quarantine, as they are unvaccinated and are identified as a close contact to an individual who tested positive for COVID-19.

In order to be admitted to classes on January 5th, all students must have uploaded their test results in the site above.  At the school, we will have a list of all results, and only students with negative results on file will be able to report directly to class.  If for some reason your child’s results are not available we will contact you by telephone, and ask for your consent for your child to take the test at school that same morning.

Since the entry process will take longer, in order to avoid long lines, we will have a staggered entry process, by grade, and all students will enter through the two front entrances:

8:00 am -8:45 am – Grades 6, 7, and 8
8:45 -am -9:30 am – Grades 9 and 10
9:30 am – 10:15 am – Grades 11 and 12

Please try to make sure your child arrives during the indicated window.

I realize this is a complex process, and many of you may have questions and concerns.  There are FAQ’s and videos available on our COVID 19 Page at, and I will be sending additional links to resources as well.

In addition, there will be two Virtual Parent Town Halls on Monday, January 3rd, one at 11:00 am, and the other at 6:00 pm.  The links for these will be posted on
Staff will also be available in person to answer questions when you come to pick up your tests on Monday or Tuesday.

Thank you again, and I look forward to seeing your child in the new year!


Maria Tukeva

Actualización: 31 de diciembre de 2021

Estimadas familias de CHEC:

¡Espero que todos estén bien y que hayan tenido unas maravillosas vacaciones de invierno! ¡Feliz Año Nuevo a todos ustedes!  Gracias por toda  su paciencia y apoyo durante estos tiempos difíciles.   Como siempre, la seguridad y la salud son lo más importante en nuestras mentes.    Estoy escribiendo con algunas actualizaciones específicas de CHEC para el plan “Test to Return” para DCPS.  Como habéis escuchado, todos los alumnos deberán acreditar un test COVID 19 negativo para poder volver a clases el 5de enero.  A continuación se muestra el  plan CHEC para la distribución de pruebas y para la entrada el 5deenero:

  • Puede recoger las pruebas en cualquier escuela DCPS el lunes o martes 3o o  4deenero.
  • Si las familias quieren obtener una ventaja para obtener una prueba rápida de antígenos, las pruebas estarán disponibles en cuatro estaciones de bomberos el viernes, sábado y domingo desde el mediodía hasta las 4:00 p.m.:
  • Motor 4 en 2531 Sherman Avenue NW
  • Motor 8 en 1520 C Street SE
  • Motor 31 en 4930 Connecticut Avenue NW
  • Motor 33 en 101 Atlantic Street SE
  • En CHEC distribuiremos pruebas el lunes  3 de enero de 1 a 4 pm, y el martes 4 de enero de 8:30 am a 4:00 pm en 3 ubicaciones frente al edificio. Una vez que recoja su prueba, ya sea de CHEC u otro  sitio,   siga los pasos a continuación:

  1. Realice una prueba rápida de antígenos COVID-19.
  2. El martes, tome la prueba fácil de usar, en casa, utilizando las instrucciones proporcionadas. Los estudiantes deben haber realizado el examen dentro de las 24 horas de su regreso planificado a la escuela. Las familias pueden optar por utilizar su propia opción de prueba de antígeno o PCR, pero no se aceptarán pruebas administradas antes del 4 de enero.
  3. Cargue los resultados de su prueba. Proporcione una prueba de los resultados negativos de la prueba (una foto de los  resultados) a  antes del martes 4 de enero a las 5:00 pm.
  4. Continúe monitoreando a sus hijos  para detectar cualquier síntoma de COVID-19. Las familias deben mantener a su estudiante en casa, independientemente del resultado de su prueba, si muestra algún síntoma; y/o  se les exige que se pongan en cuarentena, ya que no están vacunados y se identifican como contacto cercano con una persona que dio positivo por COVID-19.

Para ser admitido a clases enero 5, todos los estudiantes deben haber cargado los resultados de sus exámenes en el sitio anterior.  En la escuela, tendremos una lista de todos los resultados,y solo los estudiantes con resultados negativos en el archivo podrán ingresar directamente a clase.   Si por alguna razón los resultados de su hijo no están disponibles, nos  pondremos en contacto con usted por teléfono y le pediremos su consentimiento para que su hijo tome el examen en la escuela esa misma mañana.

Dado que el proceso de ingreso tomará más tiempo, para evitar largas filas, tendremos un proceso de ingreso escalonado, por grado, y todos los estudiantes ingresarán a través de las dos entradas principales:

8:00 am -8:45 am – Grados 6, 7 y 8
8:45 -am -9:30 am - Grados 9 y 10
9:30 am – 10:15 am – Grados 11 y 12
Por favor, trate de asegurarse de que su hijo llegue durante la ventana indicada.

Estoy consciente de que este es un proceso complejo, y muchos de ustedes pueden tener preguntas e inquietudes.  Hay preguntas frecuentes y videos disponibles en nuestra página COVID 19 en, y también enviaré enlaces adicionales y recursos.
Además, habrá dos Reuniones Virtuales  de Padres el lunes 3 de enero,uno alas 11:00 horas, y el otro a las 18:00 horas.  Los enlaces para estos se publicarán en
El personal también estará disponible en persona para responder preguntas cuando venga a recoger sus exámenes el lunes o martes.
¡Gracias de nuevo, y espero ver a su hijo en el nuevo año!


María Tukeva

John Stoddard and Bell posted a shutout of Coolidge to win the Gravy Bowl on Saturday at Dunbar High. (Tramel Raggs/TWP)

Since the Gravy Bowl’s inception in 2013, Bell has witnessed both Eastern and Theodore Roosevelt clinch spots in the Stars division of the D.C. Interscholastic Athletic Association with wins over the Griffins. Bell entered Saturday just 1-5 in Gravy Bowls, and now Coolidge had a chance for promotion at its expense.

Not this time.

The Griffins made clear they weren’t satisfied with a mere appearance this year, shutting out the Colts, 10-0, at Dunbar High.

“It’s been frustrating to have a front-row seat as those other teams move on to the higher division because we’ve consistently been one of the best teams in the city since we got here,” Bell Coach Daniel Tyson said. “It kind of felt like we kept getting left at the altar or something — it really had me sitting and wondering, ‘When will we get married?’ 

With temperatures in the low 40s, Saturday’s game was destined to be a grinder. Through 15 minutes it was exactly that; the teams traded punts and turnovers on downs in a scoreless first quarter.

It wasn’t until the 8:55 mark of the second quarter, when an errant snap by Coolidge shot through the back of the end zone for a safety, that either team put points on the scoreboard.

The Colts (6-4) compounded their misfortune on the following play. What appeared to be an onside kick attempt sailed out of bounds, resulting in a 15-yard penalty and prime field position for the Griffins (10-1).


At CHEC, there is power in student voice, and it isn't a voice that teachers can give. We don't give voices here. We make space for students interested in learning how to fight for their lives, our lives, and their nation. From discussion about the disproportionate impact of Covid-19 in communities of color, to immigration reform, housing descrimination, mass incarceration, police brutality our students are ready, willing and able to engage in courageous conversations.
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