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Expired Pandemic Unemployment Benefits, Renovated Metro Stations, and Other News of Labor Day Weekend

With news of the Supreme Court ruling allowing a Texas anti-abortion law to go into effect, the fall of the last stronghold of resistance in Afghanistan, and the sobering stories of Ida-related casualties all occurring on or just before Labor Day weekend, it’s been tough to keep up with local, national, and international news. We’ve…

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The State of COVID in the DMV’s Kids

A discussion with a D.C. children’s doctor as school starts, winter approaches, and vaccines are still in testing

When school let out for summer vacation the world seemed a little more normal. Masks and social distancing were not required if you were vaccinated. But now children have returned to D.C.’s public and charter schools with many of the same precautions in place. Masks are back and social distancing is recommended—the difference is there…

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Leaders at Inspired Teaching Demonstration PCS Hesitated to Tell Families About Staff COVID-19 Cases and HVAC Systems In Repair

The positive COVID-19 tests and issues with the building’s HVAC system prompted one employee to alert the D.C. Auditor.

Three staff members at the Inspired Teaching Demonstration Public Charter School tested positive for COVID-19 since returning to work in-person on Aug. 11, a fact the school did not share with families until the evening of Friday, Aug. 20, after City Paper asked why parents had not been informed. Students are set to return for…

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Mayor and Chancellor’s Back to School Plans Have Parents and Educators Worried for Kids

“All these precautions, they’re helpful, but they will not keep our kids safe, especially with delta.”

Sponsored Awesome Con—Washington DC’s comic con—returns to the Walter E. Washington Convention Center August 20-22nd! Enjoy a fun weekend of programming and celebrity guests! With the start of school just 10 days away for DCPS and the rates of COVID-related hospitalizations for children nationwide reaching an all-time high, two meetings on school policy this week…

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Penn Social Almost Didn’t Make It. Now It’s Reopening With a New Feel.

Introducing “Little Penn,” an all-day cafe with an 80-seat patio opening this fall.

Penn Social almost didn’t make it through the pandemic. Google still thinks it’s closed permanently. Co-owner Geoff Dawson even penned a letter to investors in June to deliver the bad news, but something told him not to hit send. Then he got an email announcing that the Small Business Administration approved his enormous, two-floor bar…

A vial of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine

The State of District-Area Misinformation and Vaccine Hesitancy

A recent anti-vaccine misinformation (or potential disinformation) campaign in Prince George’s County and an anti-misinformation vaccination campaign targeting Black folks in the DMV highlight some of the vaccine hesitancy and access issues that continue to plague certain communities.

The gap between those most and least at risk from COVID-19 might just get wider after showing signs of narrowing. A recent anti-vaccine misinformation (or potential disinformation) campaign in Prince George’s County and an anti-misinformation vaccination campaign targeting Black folks in the DMV highlight some of the vaccine hesitancy and access issues that continue to…

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What’s Going on With COVID Surveillance Testing at Schools?

A newly released ODA report holds both answers and more questions about student COVID testing.

With some charter school classes underway and the start date for DCPS (Aug. 30) quickly approaching, D.C. residents have lots of concerns about COVID safety in schools. And not just about masks or quarantine close-contact rules. Some question how schools will make cafeteria eating safe, demanding funds for more staff to supervise students so they…

Mayor Muriel Bowser

D.C. Government Workers Required to Vaccinate or Get Tested Weekly

Mayor Muriel Bowser announced the vaccine mandate as more and more businesses are requiring proof of vaccination.

The City (Sorta) Issues a Mandate Flanked by administration heads and other labor specialists, Mayor Muriel Bowser announced yesterday she’s implementing a vaccine mandate for D.C. government workers. Well… not a FULL mandate… all employees, contractors, interns, and city grant recipients can opt out of taking the vaccine but will face weekly COVID-19 testing. Those…

Chef José Andrés

Chef José Andrés’ Local Restaurants Now Require Proof of Vaccination

ThinkFoodGroup’s restaurants in the region include Jaleo, Zaytinya, China Chilcano, and Spanish Diner.

Update 10/26: ThinkFoodGroup changed its vaccination policy. Now they only “request” proof of vaccination for people 12 and older who dine indoors. TFG representatives didn’t respond to City Paper’s question about what prompted the change. Staff are still required to be vaccinated. All ThinkFoodGroup restaurants in the D.C. region now require proof of vaccination to…

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D.C. Encourages Local Youth to Get COVID-19 Vaccines

The District is offering gift cards and AirPods to incentivize 12- to 17-year-olds to get the vaccine.

Last Saturday, Mayor Muriel Bowser’s office launched a new vaccine program that incentivizes young D.C. residents to get the COVID-19 vaccine. D.C. is offering a smorgasbord of prizes in an effort to get local 12- to 17-year-olds vaccinated against COVID-19 through Sept. 30. Youth who get their first shot can choose between $51 VISA gift…

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