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From the office of Councilmember Elissa Silverman:

“The D.C. Council unanimously passed emergency legislation introduced by Councilmember Elissa Silverman (I-At-Large) to extend unemployment compensation by seven additional weeks for all eligible claimants. Since the declaration of the coronavirus public health emergency, more than 150,000 District workers have filed for unemployment compensation. The emergency legislation approved today is especially urgent for the tens of thousands of contractors and gig workers receiving weekly benefits through the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA), by extending the program from 39 to 46 weeks. Read More

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From the Mayor’s Office:

“Today, Mayor Muriel Bowser is urging DC residents who use iPhone or Android smartphones to opt-in to DC COVID Alert Notice (DC CAN), an alert notification system that allows mobile device users to receive an alert when they may have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. DC CAN is the official COVID-19 exposure notification app for Washington, DC.

“We are encouraging all District residents, and those who spend time in the District, to opt into DC CAN,” said Mayor Bowser. “Using the DC CAN system is a quick and easy way to know if you might have been exposed to COVID-19. Opting in is one more way you can protect yourself, your friends and family, and our entire community.”

Beginning today, DC residents with iPhone or Android smartphones will receive a push notification inviting them to opt into exposure notifications. On iOS, users will be able to opt into exposure notifications through settings without having to download an app. On Android, users will be prompted to opt in and install the DC CAN app from the Google Play Store. Additionally, at any time, users can also go directly into their iOS settings to enable the system or go to the Play Store to download the DC CAN app. Read More

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Final reminder:

“Today is the LAST DAY to participate in the 2020 census!

Here’s how you can make sure you are counted:

ONLINE at 2020Census.gov by October 15, 2020 at 11:59 pm
BY PHONE at 844-330-2020 (English) or 844-468-2020 (Spanish) through October 15
PAPER census questionnaires must be postmarked by October 15
OPEN your door to a US Census taker.

YOU MATTER, GET COUNTED”

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Thanks to all who sent the following letters about the sudden dismissal of School Without Walls Principal Richard Trogisch. First via Change.org by Daya George, President of student government at School Without Walls:

The School Without Walls faculty, students and families are calling for an immediate reinstatement of Richard Trogisch as Principal of our respective schools.

The community is extremely disappointed and concerned in response to Principal Richard Trogisch’s removal as principal of School Without Walls High School and School Without Walls at Francis Stevens. Principal Trogisch consistently advocated for us as students but also as members of the DC community. Under his leadership, School Without Walls excelled and is now ranked as the top public high school in the city. Removing Principal Trogisch at this time may cause a number of devastating impacts on the School Without Walls community. His removal destabilizes the school community in this already chaotic time. During this difficult time, we are all craving some normalcy, and removing Principal Trogisch undermines the school’s stability and increases the trauma of the time period. Principal Trogisch consistently advocated for us and for our voices to be heard. We can see that advocacy slipping away in real-time. Read More

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“Dear PoPville,

I’m wondering if anyone else is having issues with unemployment back pay? I haven’t received any payments since early July. I’ve emailed and called DOES with no answers. Any ideas?
Can I get Mayor Bowser to help? Or can I force Wmata to give me the $400 on my metro card because I a) don’t have a job to travel to, and b) need the money.

Any advice would be appreciated!”

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From the Mayor’s Office:

“Today, DC Health, led by Dr. LaQuandra Nesbitt, joined health officers from nine local jurisdictions in sending a letter to individuals who have worked in the White House in the past two weeks, attended the Supreme Court announcement in the Rose Garden on Saturday, September 26, 2020, and/or have had close contact with others who work in those spaces or attended those events. The letter calls on these individuals to contact their local health department for further guidance/questions regarding their potential need to quarantine. DC residents can contact DC Health by calling (202) 576-1117. The full text of the letter is below.

Dear community members: Read More

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From the Mayor’s Office:

“Today, Mayor Muriel Bowser issued Mayor’s Order 2020-103 to extend the District’s public emergency and public health emergency and issue additional measures for Phase Two. Under the Order, the public emergency and public health emergency are extended through December 31, 2020.”

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