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Dual Language Immersion Update

Dear DLI Parents,

As we continue planning for the 2020-2021 school year, I’m writing to share up-to-date details about our district and individual school’s plans for our Dual Language Immersion (DLI) program. We know that families are hoping for additional information in order to help make the best decision in the short-term (whether to choose in-person or digital learning), and we hope that this information will help with this decision making. We abide by two commitments to our DLI families.  First, we commit to continuing DLI both in-person and in the digital learning environment.  Whichever option your family chooses, DLI will continue. Second, we will strive for both learning experiences to be equitable. We will continue the GCPS DLI model in which Mathematics, Science, and Target Language Literacy are taught by a target language teacher, while English Language Arts, Social Studies, and Content Bridging are taught by the English-side teacher.  However, based on such factors as current enrollment, school staffing, and, most critically, the percentage of families that opt for in-person versus digital learning, each school’s program models may differ slightly.  We are working with the GCPS Department of World Languages and DLI to develop models that meet the content and learning needs of our students in the following three different scenarios: a) most families opt for in-person learning, b) most families opt for digital learning, and c) there is a somewhat even split between options. Once we know more about this breakdown at each school, we will be able to share more details. We believe that the GCPS DLI program is the finest program of its kind in the nation, and it is our intention to maintain program excellence during these extraordinary times. Thank you for your continued support of our DLI program. We hope that by sharing these broad commitments and plans it will help you to make a more informed decision for your family, and we look forward to a successful 2020-2021 school year.


Jon Valentine