Changes for DC Public Schools Safe Return Operations

Washington, D.C. (Monday, January 3, 2022) – The winter storm is pushing back DC’s plans to reopen schools from the winter break.  Mayor Bowser has 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.

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