With classes slated to begin on Aug. 23, officials for the District of Columbia Public Schools system have announced new tools for providing a smooth transition into the new school year. In ensuring that all students and parents have access to information and support necessary for enrolling and attending classes, officials have established a comprehensive Web page and have begun utilizing DCPS’s Critical Response Team to help families navigate various services and requirements.

“The fall semester is right around the corner and we want to make sure all DCPS families have their questions answered and concerns addressed prior to the first day,” Mayor Adrian Fenty said in a statement. “With these tools, everything you need to know is just a few clicks or a phone call away.”

Information for the new academic year is available at DCPS’s “First Day of School” Web page, Enrollment forms and applications for free and reduced meals as well as immunization requirements and school supplies lists can also be obtained from the site. In addition, each day, DCPS will post informational videos in both Spanish and English to the schools’ YouTube Channel, Other information can be found on the DCPS Twitter account, @dcpublicschools and Facebook page,

“As always, principals, nurses, and other school-based staff are on hand to answer questions and parents should not hesitate to reach out,” Chancellor Michelle Rhee said in a statement. “But the First Day of School page and Critical Response Team are available for those seeking additional assistance. With the help of these resources, I am confident that we are on track to have a safe and productive school year.”