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Before & Aftercare

The regular school day at Peabody begins at 8:45 AM and ends at 3:15 PM.  There are a number of choices to assist parents and families with getting students to school on time and providing a safe, engaging environment for before and after-school hours.

Mornings at Peabody

Before School Care: Rita’s Place and Joe’s Den offer before school care beginning at 7 AM.  Parents should contact Ms. Rita Brown-Hall or Ms. Shirley Washington for information about these programs.

  • Rita’s Place: Ms. Rita Brown-Hall, Director, 202-329-1711
  • Joe’s Den: Ms. Shirley Washington, Director,  240-401-4057

Breakfast: Breakfast begins at 8:00 AM and is free for all students.  Peabody staff supervises breakfast.  Parents who are dropping off students for breakfast may use the “side door” on 5th Street NE starting at 8:05 AM.  All students are escorted from breakfast to their class line at 8:40.

Curbside Drop-off: In order to have a smooth and safe flow of traffic around Peabody, curbside drop-off is available on 5th Street NE from 8:05 to 8:35 AM.  Adults who are dropping off children MUST remain with their vehicles in the drop-off lane.  Peabody staff will assist children with getting out of cars and entering Peabody.  Students are supervised on the ground floor until 8:40 AM.

Classroom Drop-Off: Please drop your children off in the classroom at 8:40 AM so that your student is ready to start their day promptly at 8:45 AM!

Late Arrivals: Students who arrive after 8:45 AM are tardy.  All students must be signed in at the Main Office and receive a tardy slip.  Parents must escort students to the classroom door.  Parents should not enter the classroom once the school day has begun unless invited by the classroom teacher.

Afternoons at Peabody

Dismissal: Students are dismissed at 3:15 PM on the playground (weather permitting).  If you need to pick up your child early, you must do so before 2:50 PM.  After 2:50 PM, we ask that you wait until 3:15 PM to pick up your child in order to prevent disruption to the closing meeting and distribution of notes and flyers at the end of the school day.   All students will be escorted to the numbered lines on the playground blacktop.  An adult MUST sign out students before leaving the class line.

After-School Programs:  Rita’s Place and Joe’s Den provide after-school programming for students from 3:15 to 6:00 PM. Enrichment classes are also offered during after-school hours through FLEX Academies. See below for contact information on each program:

Playground Use:  The after-school programs have full use of the Peabody playground from 3:30 to 6:00.  Peabody students who are not enrolled in after-school programs are permitted to use the playground provided they are supervised by a parent or caregiver.  All children must follow the playground rules.  Adults should be aware that between 3:30 and 4:00 PM many cars are leaving the parking lot and it is necessary to closely supervise children on the playground.

General Information

Entering and Exiting Peabody: All adults must enter Peabody through the front door (C. St.), show photo identification and sign in at the security desk.

Parking around Peabody: Street parking around Peabody is very limited.  A small number of spaces on the east side of 4th Street NE are designated as 15-minute parking.  Please take advantage of these spaces when dropping off and picking up your child.  Fifteen-minute parking is also available on C St. behind the bus zone.  Please do NOT park in the bus zone (C Street NE from 5th Street to the garden gate) after 8:00 AM and 3:00 PM.  Orange cones mark the bus zone.  Parking in the curbside drop-off lane is prohibited from 8:00 to 8:40 AM.  Parking on the Peabody parking lot is for staff members only.