Important information for Families for January 2022
School Program Update 01/05/2022
Thank you so much for your support and flexibility as we shift into this short period of virtual instruction. We believe that best decision possible was made to maintain the safety of your children and our staff as we return to school after the Holiday Break. Please read on for updates:
Virtual Instruction will begin January 6th, 2022 at 8:30 a.m. and end January 14th, 2022. By now you should have received an e-mail from your child's teacher containing the virtual instruction schedule and a Zoom link which you will use to access the virtual classroom. If you have not received an e-mail with the class schedule and link, please e-mail me and I will follow up. In addition, if you have not yet done so, please come to the school and pick up a Chromebook if your child does not already have a device at home that he/she can use to access the virtual classroom. Thanks to all who have already come by to collect your child's device. We are not able to deliver Chromebooks at this time due to manpower and safety.
St. Coletta will continue to take attendance daily in accordance with DC regulations while engaged in distance learning. More specifically, students must attend at least 80% of the scheduled school day to be considered present. Absences as well as late arrivals/early departures will continue to be considered unexcused/excused, just as if students were attending in-person lessons. Only when the school receives a valid excuse (i.e. doctor appointments, illness, court appointments, death in the immediate family, or other reasons approved by the school's administration) in writing within 5 days of the students return, will the absence/late arrival/early departure be considered excused. The school will not make daily calls regarding student absences while in distance learning. Instead, parents must communicate this this information to the school by way of emailing our Attendance Coordinator, Judyvette Acevedo (firstname.lastname@example.org). Absences/late arrivals/early departures will remain unexcused if the parent does not provide a valid excuse in writing. Families may not "opt-out" of virtual learning given that attendance requirements remain in place. We fully understand the challenge that virtual instruction presents to students and families and we ask that you do your best to log your child on daily.
Rapid Antigen Testing:
If you have not yet done so, please stop by the school to pick up a Rapid Covid Antigen Test. Your child should take the first test on January 14th, 2022 and send a picture of the results to his/her classroom teacher, as well as log the results here: https://coronavirus.dc.gov/overthecounter. The second test should be taken 36 hours later and the results submitted.
If your child's rapid test is "positive", please do not send them to school on Tuesday the 18th. Your child must take a PCR Covid test and submit a negative result to St. Coletta before returning. In addition, all staff at St. Coletta will be required to take a rapid Covid antigen test before returning to school as well.
With these procedures put in place; we hope to mitigate the impact that the new Omicron variant will have on our ability to provide high-quality, in-person services. We know that in-person works best for our students and we strive to return to that delivery model as safely as possible. Thank you for your understanding and support.
Thank you so much for your support. Together as a team we will ensure safe instructional opportunities for your child. We look forward to returning to in-person instruction on January 18th.
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Our more than fifty years of experience has confirmed that the real focus of education needs to be on the individual learner and the skills he/she needs to be successful in life. We believe that individuals learn best by doing.
To that end, we plan hands-on, theme-based activities that allow for experimentation and trial and error. Instruction occurs as often as possible in the natural setting, thus our adults and students spend a lot of time in the community.
The program is an extension of the school's philosophy that stresses the importance of building on and celebrating individual strengths. Upon graduation students earn a high school certificate in lieu of a high school diploma.
Adaptive Physical Education
Skills of Daily Living
Community Based Instructions
Related services support students in accessing their educational programs. Decisions regarding services are determined during the Individual Education Plan (IEP) meetings. We offer the following:
Music and Art Therapy
Social Work Services
Autism Resource Services
Who Can Attend?
St. Coletta serves students from Washington, D.C., Virginia and Maryland. Students served are three to twenty-two years of age, diagnosed with intellectual disabilities, autism or multiple disabilities, and have at least of 24.5 hours of special education services on their IEP. They may also have the following secondary disabling conditions: speech language disorders, vision or hearing impairments, orthopedic impairments, health impairments and behavior disorders. DC residents wishing to enroll students do so through the application/lottery process (described below). St. Coletta offers a special education and sibling preference. Enrollment for students in neighboring jurisdictions is accomplished through the IEP process with the child’s local jurisdiction.
If you live in the District of Columbia you can apply for admission by sending an application for your child to the admissions office during the open enrollment period. The office is located at:
St. Coletta of Greater Washington
1901 Independence Avenue SE,
Washington, DC 20003
After we receive the information someone will contact you for a tour.
St. Coletta Public Charter School Open Enrollment Information and Lottery Procedure
St. Coletta will accept applications for the 2022 – 2023 school year during the open enrollment period, November 1, 2021 through April 29, 2022. Only applications received during the open enrollment period will be included in the SY 22-23 lottery scheduled for May 12, 2022. Any applications received after the close of the open enrollment period would be added to the school wait list.
Open Enrollment Period Application for School Year 2022-2023
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The Lottery Process
As per DC Public Charter School Law, selection for admission to the St. Coletta Special Education Public Charter School will be via a random public lottery system. St. Coletta also maintains a wait-list and will offer admission to students on the wait-list as spaces become available.
If a child's name is selected, the family/guardian will be contacted regarding their intent to enroll their child within the school program. An applicant offered a seat will be required to affirmatively respond to an offer for acceptance in writing within 48 hours. Those applicants not responding within this designated period of time will be removed from the waiting list and be required to reapply should they wish consideration for any future openings.
If there are more names in the lottery pool than spaces available in a house/age level, those students' names not selected will form a waiting list based on the date in which they completed the application process and went on the lottery pool list. A wait list will be maintained for each of the five house/age levels. All other applications will be placed after them in order of their submission to the waiting list. If a space becomes available during the school year, admissions will be offered to the next student on the waiting list.
No offer shall be made to any student not properly entitled to the available space.
St. Coletta maintains a wait list and offers admission to students as seats become available throughout the school year. If you live in the District of Columbia you can apply for admission by sending an application for your child to the admissions office during the open enrollment period.Student admissions
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