Message from Principal Hedlund

Dr. Phyllis HedlundPrincipal Newsletters

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Dear Shepherd Families:

I am excted to share the following information on DCPS Covid-19 vaccine clinics. I know some of our students were vaccinated as early as yesterday! Please note that we needed to move Picture Day, which was scheduled for Tuesday, November 9th, to Monday, November 15th, because of asymptomatic Covid-19 testing on Tuesday.

The COVID-19 vaccine is the best way for us to help stop the spread of the virus and keep our community safe. On November 2, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) announced that children ages 5 and older are now eligible to receive the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.

To help DCPS families get vaccinated, free school clinics will open beginning November 8.

Any DC youth ages 5-11 can visit an elementary school site to receive their first dose, while students ages 12 and older should visit a secondary school location. There is no appointment needed, and the parent / guardian accompanying the student should bring a valid photo ID for themselves. Student IDs are not required, and second doses will be available at schools in December.

Parents who are unable to bring their child will have the option to print and sign a form allowing a trusted family member to accompany their child to the pop-up vaccine clinics. The trusted family member should bring the printed forms along with a photo ID. 

First dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 pediatric vaccine will be available for students ages 5-11 years old. The Monday through Friday hours at schools sites are 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. and Saturday hours are 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Second dose dates are forthcoming. The elementary school COVID-19 vaccine clinics are:

ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (ages 5-11)AddressWard1st Dose Date
Dorothy I. Height Elementary School1300 Allison St NW 4Monday, Nov. 8
Noyes Elementary School2725 10th St NE5Monday, Nov. 8
Bancroft Elementary School1755 Newton St NW1Tuesday, Nov. 9
Kimball Elementary School3375 Minnesota Ave SE7Tuesday, Nov. 9
Patterson Elementary School4399 South Capitol Terrace SW8Wednesday, Nov. 10
Marie Reed Elementary School2201 18th St NW1Friday, Nov. 12
Thomson Elementary School1200 L St NW2Friday, Nov. 12
Ben Murch Elementary School4810 36th St NW3Saturday, Nov. 13
Payne Elementary School1445 C St SE6Saturday, Nov. 13
Smothers Elementary School1300 44th St NE7Saturday, Nov. 13
Excel Academy Public School2501 Martin Luther King Jr Ave SE8Tuesday, Nov. 16
Garrison Elementary School1200 S St NW2Wednesday, Nov. 17
Plummer Elementary School4601 Texas Ave SE7Wednesday, Nov. 17
Bunker Hill Elementary Schoolv1401 Michigan Ave NE5Thursday, Nov. 18
Janney Elementary School4130 Albemarle St NW3Friday, Nov. 19
Thomas Elementary School650 Anacostia Ave NE7Friday, Nov. 19
Whittier Elementary School6201 5th St NW4Friday, Nov. 19
Lafayette Elementary School5701 Broad Branch Rd NW4Saturday, Nov. 20
Turner Elementary School3264 Stanton Rd SE8Saturday, Nov. 20

We encourage all our Shepherd families to take the life-saving step of getting the vaccine as soon as possible.

Thank you for prioritizing the health and safety of our school community, so that we can safely continue in-person learning throughout the year.

In partnership,

Principal Hedlund