Enrollment and Attendance FAQs
Who is eligible to attend Friendship Public Charter School Online?
Any student in grades K–8 who resides in Washington, D.C. is eligible for full-time enrollment through the My School D.C. lottery.
How many of my children can I enroll in Friendship PCS Online?
Because Friendship PCS Online provides all the lesson plans and materials needed for K–8 students, many parents find it easy to enroll multiple children in the program.
What is the attendance policy?
Friendship Public Charter School Online works with families toward a positive attendance record to meet their required number of 181 instructional days. Attendance is recorded by student lesson completion activity as well as attendance to instructional and other school related sessions.
Can I take a vacation?
The school calendar includes school “holidays” or vacation time. Whenever possible, family vacations should align with school vacation days. Parents are encouraged to contact their teacher if they plan a vacation that does not coordinate with the school calendar. Extended family travel, except during normal school vacation periods, requires written notification and vacation contract approval by the Head of School or designee. This should be completed at least one week prior to the extended absence.
Is the program available to children without a permanent address?
The McKinney Act of 1987, or P.L. 100-77, ensures that each child of a homeless individual, and each homeless youth shall have equal access to the same free, appropriate public education as provided to other children and youth. The act has been amended and is considered the McKinney-Vento Act currently. Under the Act, schools are prohibited from delaying a homeless child’s entry into school due to delays in obtaining school records. Rules regarding guardianship must be waived for homeless students living with foster parents or relatives other than their legal guardians. Individuals who would be considered McKinney-Vento students would be in housing temporarily and due to hardship, the housing is substandard or considered inadequate or a student is not living with a parent or guardian.
Friendship PCS Online can offer school supplies and Title I services to qualifying homeless youth. Determinations of qualifying students are made on a case-by-case basis.