DC Public Schools Opening 2 hours late, Feds, DC Government Open

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From AlertDC:

“Due to current weather conditions, the District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) will be open two hours late on Thursday, January 21, 2016. Students and teachers should report two hours after their regular start time. Administrative and central offices will open on time. All essential personnel must report on time to ensure the building is ready when students and teachers arrive.”

and

“The District of Columbia Government will be open on Thursday, January 21, 2016. Employees are expected to report to work.

If you have any questions, please contact your agency’s HR Advisor(s) or DCHR at (202) 442-9700.”

From OPM:

“Washington, DC Area

Applies to: Thursday, January 21, 2016
Status: Open

Federal agencies in the Washington, DC area are OPEN. Employees are expected to report to their worksite or begin telework on time.”

4 Comment

  • With schools delayed and some closing, why would the gov not issue at least a 2 hour delay or option to telework? Side streets are still icy and there are going to be tired drivers on the road making the commute less safe. Makes me really appreciate working for a flexible supervisor that allows ad-hoc telework during situations like this.

    • Ally

      Exactly. I had to get up at 4am this morning to shovel my sidewalk and my neighbors and I still nearly slipped 3 times getting into work. No idea why OPM didn’t do a 2-hour delay this time. Bad call.

  • Ditto to other comments. I don’t know how OPM decided that I should report to work on time when WMATA’s “moderate snow plan” effectively cancels any bus service through my neighborhood. What am I expected to do? Uber to work? Walk two miles on icy sidewalks to the closest metro station? At the very least OPM should have allowed unscheduled leave and telework (and what about parents whose kid’s schools were opening late? What do they do?) Fortunately my supervisor OKed me for situational telework today because by the time my bus service was restored, I never would have made it in for a 9 a.m. meeting.

    I’m convinced that the people in charge of this decision at OPM must telework full-time or live within a short walking distance of a Metro station and not understand what the rest of us face on a day like today. I think they should all be forced to drive around nonstop between 6:30-9:30 a.m. on days like this so that they understand the impact and consequences of their decisions.

    • Cannot agree more! I commute VA to Ft. Meade- please have them try that during rush hour and/or bad weather! So grateful for my supervisor approving the telework today and so glad I left on time yesterday before the craziness started. If I hadn’t, I would have been scrambling to try to find a hotel up there.

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