IDEA Public Charter School

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1027 45th St. NE, Washington, DC 20019 Phone: (202) 399-4750
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Administrative Policies and Notices

IDEA Nondiscrimination Statement
IDEA PCS does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, marital status, personal appearance, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, familial status, family responsibilities, political affiliation, source of income, disability, or age in its programs and activities. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies:
Nicole McCrae, Interim CEO
IDEA Public Charter High School
1027 45th Street, NE
Washington, DC 20019
Phone: 202-399-4750
Federal School Breakfast and Lunch Programs
IDEA Public Charter Schools proudly participates in the School Breakfast Program and the National School Lunch Program, providing our scholars with meals free of charge. 
USDA Nondiscrimination Policy
In accordance with federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex (including gender identity and sexual orientation), disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity.
Program information may be made available in languages other than English. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication to obtain program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language), should contact the responsible State or local Agency that administers the program or USDA’s TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TTY) or contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339.
To file a program discrimination complaint, a Complainant should complete a Form AD-3027, USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form which can be obtained online at: from any USDA office, by calling (866) 632-9992, or by writing a letter addressed to USDA. The letter must contain the complainant’s name, address, telephone number, and a written description of the alleged discriminatory action in sufficient detail to inform the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights (ASCR) about the nature and date of an alleged civil rights violation. The completed AD-3027 form or letter must be submitted to USDA by:
(1)     mail:
U.S. Department of Agriculture
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; or
(2)     fax:
(833) 256-1665 or (202) 690-7442; or
(3)     email:
This institution is an equal opportunity provider. Also, the District of Columbia Human Rights Act, approved December 13, 1977 (DC law 2-38; DC official code §2-1402.11(2006), as amended) states the following:
It shall be an unlawful discriminatory practice to do any of the following acts, wholly or partially for a discriminatory reason based upon the actual or perceived: race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, personal appearance, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, family responsibilities, genetic information, disability, matriculation, or political affiliation of any individual. To file a complaint alleging discrimination on one of these bases, please contact the District of Columbia’s Office of Human Rights at (202) 727-4559 or [email protected].
To file a complaint with IDEA:
  • Report any acts of food discrimination to the food service manager at IDEA.
  • File a complaint in the main office of IDEA or on the IDEA website. All complaints will be sent to the Interim CEO Nicole McCrae, Interim Principal Shomari Jennings, Food Service Manager Malika Joseph, and the USDA.
  • Allow three business days for a response to the complaint.
  • After the response is given, please allow three business days for corrective action to be taken. You will be notified.
  • A follow-up will be done shortly after to ensure that all issues have been resolved.
Families First Coronavirus Response Act: Employee Paid Leave Rights
The Families First Coronavirus Response Act requires certain employers to provide employees with paid sick leave or expanded family and medical leave for specified reasons related to COVID-19. The Department of Labor’s (Department) Wage and Hour Division (WHD) administers and enforces the new law’s paid leave requirements. These provisions will apply from the effective date through December 31, 2020.

Please contact the Human Resources office if you wish to add a dependent to your health insurance. You do not need to have the loss of coverage letter immediately. 
Policy Update: IDEA Scholars Must Leave School by 4:30 pm

February 21, 2020


Dear IDEA Families,


All of us at IDEA take seriously our responsibility to keep scholars safe and secure during the school day and at IDEA-sponsored afterschool activities. This is a friendly reminder that scholars must leave IDEA every day by 4:30 pm unless they are participating in an athletic practice or game or another school-sponsored event. Scholars and their families must make plans for where scholars will be and what they will be doing after 4:30 pm. Our teachers and staff are not available to supervise scholars after 5:00 pm.


On Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays, scholars are dismissed at 3:25 pm. On Wednesdays, dismissal is at 1:10 pm and scholars who are not participating in IDEA-sponsored extracurricular activities are expected to leave the building at that time prior to 1:30 pm.


During dismissal, IDEA has refined a targeted monitoring safe passage plan to assist with scholars' dismissal around the perimeter of the school. We provide a free safe passage shuttle bus that leaves at 3:30 pm and stops at the Deanwood, Benning Road, and Minnesota Avenue Metro stations. We offer tutoring from 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm. Scholars who are still at IDEA after 3:30 pm must be participating in tutoring or a staff-led activity. All scholars are encouraged to take the quickest and safest route home after school dismisses. Parents, we are asking for your support with ensuring that scholars do not loiter and that they avoid any conflict during this time period. 


We understand that circumstances arise occasionally when a parent will arrive late to pick up a scholar. Families that require exceptions should contact Principal McCrae to discuss their situation. 


Please make sure your scholar has a plan to leave IDEA no later than 4:30 pm. Scholars can walk safely from school to bus stops or Metro stations so they can easily travel home, to a family member’s home, or to afterschool jobs or outside activities. 


We appreciate our families working with our teachers and staff to keep our children safe.



Lori Briscoe
Dean of Culture


cc: Nicole McCrae