All students and staff at DC Public Schools must show evidence of a negative COVID-19 test before returning to classrooms next week.
All students and staff at DC Public Schools must show evidence of a negative COVID-19 test before returning to classrooms next week, city officials said Wednesday.
Chancellor Lewis Ferebee said during a news briefing that rapid antigen tests will be available for pickup at any DCPS school on Monday and Tuesday.
Families are asked to test their children on Tuesday, January 4, and upload the results – either a photo or PDF along with contact information – to dcps.dc.gov/safereturn before noon.
“Any student who has not uploaded their results by January 4th will not be allowed to go to school on January 5th,” Ferebee said.
The chancellor added that reminders will be sent out to families and DC will host a telecommunications town hall for families to get more information on DCPS protocols.
Ferebee said the demand means some students may be rejected: “And we are prepared to do that.”
While Ferebee said samples will be available at schools on Jan. 5, Mayor Muriel Bowser urged parents to have their children tested and report the results on Jan. 4.
“It’s true that we have asked our principals and teachers to do a lot,” Bowser said. “Please, families, do not ask them to do what could have been done on Tuesday. We provide the tests. We ask you to do the inoculation, wait 15 minutes and upload the results with the proof of the test. That’s it. . “
School-based staff are asked to report to schools on Monday and report their results no later than 13.00 that day.
Charter schools test, but not all charter schools make evidence of a negative test a requirement. Families should follow up with individual charter schools for guidance.
Ferebee said that while DC wants to maintain as much personal learning as possible, in some cases it may be necessary to switch to virtual learning.
“We should expect classrooms or schools or grade levels to temporarily transition to a virtual learning position as needed for the rest of this semester in the coming weeks and during the school year,” he said. “We do not take all these decisions lightly.”
Ferebee said in the event that an entire school has to transition to virtual learning, this period will be up to 10 calendar days.
“Decisions about classrooms and grade levels at a particular school will also be made on a case-by-case basis,” Ferebee said, adding that families will be notified by 6 p.m.
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