August 24, 2011
UPDATE: Most DC Public Schools to Open On-Time Aug. 24
MacFarland MS, Roosevelt HS and School Without Walls HS will be Closed
MacFarland Middle School, Roosevelt High School and School Without Walls High School will be closed Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2011, due to damages sustained in Tuesday’s earthquake. At this time, all other DC Public Schools will open tomorrow, and students and staff members should plan to report on time to school and work, said DCPS Chancellor Kaya Henderson.
DCPS school-based and custodial staff conducted preliminary inspections of all 126 school buildings Tuesday afternoon. The Office of Public Education Facilities Modernization (OPEFM) then deployed structural engineers to inspect each school, advise the Chancellor and Mayor on any recommended closures, and prioritize repairs.
“I want to assure the entire DCPS community that every effort is being made to ensure that our schools are safe for students and staff following Tuesday’s earthquake,” said Chancellor Henderson. “We acted swiftly – and with the utmost concern for the safety of our school community – to assess damage and inform our schools and families of the actions have taken. And we will continue to update the community as information becomes available.”
All DC Public Schools were evacuated today as a result of the earthquake that struck the Washington, D.C., area at about 1:51 p.m. Most schools sustained minor damage and two students, one at Kelly Miller Middle School in Ward 7 and another at Deal Middle School in Ward 3, received minor injuries. No serious injuries were reported.
Schools followed emergency procedures to safely evacuate students and DCPS took immediate action to notify parents and families of the steps taken to ensure the safety of their children. DCPS Chancellor Kaya Henderson remained in constant contact with the Mayor’s Office, OPEFM and DC emergency response officials to determine the scope of the emergency and appropriate district-wide measures to ensure public safety.
Parents and families should monitor the DCPS website, www.dcps.dc.gov, as well as DCPS social media (@DCPublicSchools on Twitter and facebook.com/dcpublicschools). Parents also can call the DCPS Critical Response Team at 202-478-5738.