Feds, DC Schools on 2 Hour Delay, DC Gov’t Opening on Time

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From OPM:

Federal agencies in the Washington, DC area are OPEN under 2 hours DELAYED ARRIVAL and employees have the OPTION FOR UNSCHEDULED LEAVE OR UNSCHEDULED TELEWORK. Employees should plan to arrive for work no more than 2 hours later than they would be expected to arrive.”

From the Mayor’s office:

“Today, Mayor Muriel Bowser convened her snow team for an update on the City’s anticipated inclement weather. After discussions with relevant agency directors, it has been concluded that the District of Columbia government will open on time, and operate under normal business hours.

District of Columbia Public Schools, however, will open two hours late.

“Nothing is more important than the safety of our residents,” said Mayor Bowser. “Our snow team was prepared for the anticipated inclement weather, and determined that opening the District government on time to serve our residents was the right choice. In the best interest of our children, we have chosen a two-hour delay for DC Public Schools to ensure that our youth are completely safe during their commute to school this morning.”

All students, teachers, and non-essential school-based employees should report two hours after their regular start time. Central and administrative office employees should report based on the decision announced for other District government employees. However, all essential personnel should report at their regular start time.”

6 Comment

  • jburka

    As usual, the regular sidewalks in my neighborhood (Logan Circle) were completely fine…and the brick sidewalks were a terrifyingly smooth, sheer sheet of ice. I still don’t understand why the city insists on putting in these brick sidewalks, which I’m guessing are more expensive and are incredibly treacherous during weather events like this.

    • And even in nice weather they can be treacherous b/c of uneven or loose bricks. I like how they look, too, but it amazes me that they pass ADA rules.

  • Zero ice on the city streets, sidewalks, and more rural roads as far as I could see. I was out at 5:20 this morning and there wasn’t even ice glazing on the little trees.

  • What was Mayor Bowser thinking?? How many parents employed by DC gov had to take time off, or got written up for being late this morning? Because when the schools are delayed, there’s no beforecare.

    • I realize that not every job is flexible, but can’t all gov’t workers take a few hours of leave in these situations? As long as you are responsible and let your supervisor know, i don’t think that anyone should be getting “written up.”

    • Tsar of Truxton

      As a govt worker, I have to agree with Marty. When schools are delayed, there is no “beforecare” for the people who work in the private sector. Granted, some of those people may have more flexible hours than a govt worker, but certainly not all of them. Weather happens. No one wants to use leave for it, but if push comes to shove, you have to do it.

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