Frequently Asked Questions
SWS Move to Logan Annex – Impact on Capitol Hill Montessori School at Logan
- Will SWS use classrooms in the main Logan building?
SWS will not use any classrooms in the Logan building in SY12-13. We anticipate some space being needed in SY13-14, and will continue to work with school leaders over the spring and summer to identify how much space will be needed and where. Any space needed in SY13-14 will only be for one school year and will not impact the ability for CHML to grow or expand.
- What is the plan for sharing outdoor play space?
We understand that the current outdoor play space is small for CHML students. We also know that SWS will need some outdoor play space. Given this, DCPS Office of the Chief Operating Officer is working with school leaders to identify potential solutions that will benefit both schools.
- Will SWS need to use the cafeteria in the Logan main building?
No. The plan is for SWS students to eat in their classrooms in the Annex. School leaders will work with the Office of Food and Nutrition Services to work out the logistics of food preparation and delivery.
- Will SWS and CHML be expected to share staff and resources?
There are no expectations from central office for schools to share staff or resources. It is at the discretion of school leaders to identify any opportunities to share staff or resources that would benefit their school communities.
- Are there plans to share after-care programming?
Not at this time. SWS will be working with their school community to secure after-care options for their families.
- Are there plans to address the traffic and drop-off/pick-up sites?
Yes. We understand that traffic and drop-off/pick-up safety is a concern for all families. School leaders are working with OCOO to identify a drop-off/pick-up location for SWS. The drop-off/pick-up location for CHML will not change. Several options are being considered, including leveraging the parking lot area that will no longer be used by the Office of Professional Development. We will also reach out to DDOT to coordinate a final plan.
- Does temporarily locating SWS on the Logan site, impact the growth and expansion of CHML?
No. The impetus for moving CHML to the Logan building was for the program to grow, and this is still the vision. The decision not to add classes at CHML for SY12-13 was made by the principal, in consultation with the LSAT, and supported by the central office. This decision was made prior to deciding to move SWS to the Logan Annex.
- What are the immediate next steps?
DCPS is committed to ensuring that this process goes smoothly and does not have a negative impact on students. Over the next several weeks we will work with both schools on the following:
- Identify a suitable play area solution
- Develop drop-off/pick-up plan
- Who is the point of contact for questions?
All questions and concerns should first be taken to your principal. Claudia Lujan will be the central office point of contact. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. She will be working closely with principals and instructional superintendents during the transition.