School Policies

School Hours, School Calendar, Before & After School Care

Bridges' school hours are from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm. Bridges' school year calendar follows the DC Public School System for being closed for holidays and vacations. Bridges school year begins in late August and ends late-June. Bridges offers a one month summer program in July for students with special needs.

Bridges' before school care operates from 7:30 am to 8:20 am and after school care operates from 3:30 pm to 6:00 pm each school day. The fee for before care is $5.00 a day. The fee for after care is based on a family's income depending on if a family qualifies for free, reduced or the full price cost of meals as determined by the National School Lunch Program application.

Inclement Weather & Emergencies

Bridges follows the decision of the District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) in opening late and/or closing entirely on account of inclement weather and/or emergencies. If DCPS is open, Bridges is open; if DCPS is closed, Bridges is closed; if DCPS is delayed, Bridges is delayed.

Student Dress

Bridges has no school uniform. Students should wear clothing and shoes that are appropriate for play, participation in art activities, and outdoor physical activity. Students go outdoors for recess or neighborhood walks in almost all weather conditions (except pouring rain). Please be sure that your child has clothing and outerwear that is appropriate to the season.


Bridges Public Charter School is a free public school open to all District of Columbia residents. Non-residents can apply and attend the school for a fee. Admission is via lottery each year. Students are enrolled from the waiting list as spaces become available during the school year.