DCPS easing COVID-19 restrictions for new school year – NBC4 Washington
DC Public Schools are relaxing some rules regarding COVID-19 precautions when students return to school in less than two weeks.
“We have adjusted our health protocols in accordance with advice from CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) health experts,” DCPS Chancellor Lewis Ferebee said at a town hall on Thursday.
Students who test positive will be required to self-isolate at home for five days, but students and staff who are exposed do not have to self-isolate unless they are showing symptoms.
Masking will be optional.
DCPS is also ending daily screenings, but urging parents to keep an eye out.
“We do, however, ask families to please screen your children for COVID symptoms before they leave for school each day,” said Dr. Bren Elliott of DCPS. “The best way to keep our schools safe and healthy is to make sure sick people stay home.”
All students will be required to show a negative COVID-19 test before returning to school, and officials also reminded of important vaccinations.
“And it’s really important that you make an appointment with your health care provider so that you get that comprehensive health checkup as well as updates on your vaccinations,” Elliott said.
DCPS has several mobile pop-up vaccination clinics before August 29.
“Back to school is another stressful step we do with families,” said Mayor Muriel Bowser. “It’s so, so essential that our children get off to a good start in school.”
The town hall followed hours after a major announcement from Bowser that the district will give 15,000 low-income residents a check for $1,000, using $14 million in federal pandemic relief funds. This money will go a long way for people who are already receiving “temporary assistance for families in need”. Officials say recipients can use it for whatever they need.