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From DCPS:

“Throughout the pandemic, DC Public Schools has implemented a layered approach to limiting the spread of COVID-19 in our schools, anchored in the guidance provided by DC Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Earlier this week, DC Health released updated guidance for educational facilities. Under the new guidance, masks are no longer required indoors or outdoors at schools when COVID-19 community levels are low based on CDC metrics.

Consistent with this guidance and the current low levels in the District, starting Wednesday, March 16, masks will be optional for students, staff, and visitors in DC Public Schools, DCPS offices, and on OSSE-DOT transportation. This policy will apply to all school-related activities. Read More

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“Dear PoPville,

My six year old daughter just returned to school last Monday following a ten day quarantine after testing positive for covid on January 13. Then, on Friday January 28 she was included in her school’s asymptomatic testing program and her result remains positive, a fairly common occurrence. Testing kids within 90 days of prior infection is against DC health guidelines, but I’m told she “fell through the cracks” and was tested when she shouldn’t have been. Now DC Health is insisting that we keep her home for another ten days. This goes against all levels of covid guidelines, both local and federal. PCR tests can come back positive for months after infection. It’s the exact reason why DC advises against re-testing kids within 90 days after infection. And yet DC Health is treating this as if it were a new infection, which would be impossible so soon after a prior infection. Read More

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From the Mayor’s Office:

“Tonight, Mayor Muriel Bowser announced that on Thursday, January 20, DC Public Schools (DCPS) will open on a two-hour delay. Students previously scheduled to learn virtually should also plan to log into virtual classes two hours later than their scheduled time.

DC Government will open on time.

Vaccination and COVID-19 testing sites, including the new COVID Centers, will open on time. Read More

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Thanks to Joan for passing this fundraiser for Ms. Schorn’s class at Amidon-Bowen Elementary School (401 I St, SW):

“We need your help to continue on with our creative education and project-based learning activities. Most of the students who attend our school come from low-income homes, foster homes, or group homes.

We also have a large number of special education students, so hands-on materials are very important for our students’ growth.

They learn best with hands-on materials and experiences which can be difficult because materials cost money. Our school relies on finding funds from wonderful people to help us purchase the supplies needed in our classrooms.

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From Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton’s Office:

“Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) said today that she would defeat the effort by Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) to block a bill recently passed by the Council of the District of Columbia that requires students to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. Cruz, who yesterday announced his intention to introduce a bill to block the mandate, is the fourth member of Congress to try to block a D.C. vaccine policy this Congress. Read More

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From the Mayor’s Office last night:

“Mayor Bowser also announced that Safe Return operations at DC Public Schools (DCPS) will shift one day. Schools will be closed on Monday, January 3. DCPS staff should report their COVID-19 test results before 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 4. DCPS students must now test on Wednesday, January 5. Families can pick up their rapid antigen test on Tuesday, January 4 between 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. or on Wednesday between 8:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Schools are scheduled to re-open on Thursday, January 6.

District Government will operate in a telework posture for non-essential/non-emergency employees. Essential employees will report for duty as previously scheduled, unless otherwise directed. All in-person programming at DC Government agencies will be closed. Virtual appointments and online services will continue unless otherwise stated.

Test Yourself DC at-home PCR tests and Test Yourself Express rapid tests will be available for pick-up on Monday, January 3 from 2:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. (or until supplies run out) at four firehouses:

Engine 4 at 2531 Sherman Ave NW
Engine 8 at 1520 C St SE
Engine 31 at 4930 Connecticut Ave NW
Engine 33 is located at 101 Atlantic St SE

All other testing sites will be closed. Residents will still be able to drop off Test Yourself DC tests at drop boxes at libraries and recreation centers before 8:00 p.m. Engines 4, 8, 31, and 33 will also accept Test Yourself DC drop-offs on January 3 during the hours listed above.

Meal distribution sites at DCPS and Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) facilities will be closed.

Trash, recycling, and Christmas tree collections will “slide” to the next day for the remainder of the week into Saturday. For example, households that normally receive trash/recycling collections on Monday will be serviced Tuesday.

While the snow emergency is in effect, motorists may not park on snow emergency routes and vehicles parked on these routes may be towed. Read More

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