August 28, 2011

Updated - Most DC Public Schools to Open On-Time Aug. 29 

Thirteen Schools to Close Monday as Crews Work to Restore Electricity and Repair Damages; School Without Walls Students, Staff Should Report to Eastern High School Tomorrow

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Thirteen DC Public Schools will be closed Monday, Aug. 29, 2011, as utility crews work to restore electricity and make necessary repairs to buildings that lost power during Hurricane Irene.

The majority of DC Public Schools, however, will open on-time Monday for the second week of the 2011-2012 school year.

The following 13 schools remain without electricity Sunday evening or need repairs and will not open Monday:

Anacostia SHS, Beers ES, Coolidge HS, LaSalle-Backus EC, Orr ES, Oyster-Adams Bilingual School (Adams Building), Oyster-Adams Bilingual School (Oyster Building), Savoy ES, Stanton ES, Thomas ES, Turner ES @ Green, Whittier EC, and Winston EC.

The Office of Public Education Facilities Modernization (OPEFM) along with DCPS school-based and central office staff have been working throughout the day Sunday to identify damage following this weekend’s hurricane and complete repairs to schools that experienced minor flooding, water leaks or downed trees.

DCPS Chancellor Kaya Henderson applauded the hundreds of committed DC government employees who, under extraordinary circumstances, worked together around the clock to prepare DCPS schools to safely receive our children.

“The same amazing people whose tireless work contributed to the successful opening of the 2011-2012 school year proved their dedication to our schools twice more this week by responding swiftly and decisively in the aftermath of two natural disasters,” said Chancellor Henderson. “These dedicated professionals demonstrate in their words and actions what I truly believe: When it comes to our students, great people will do great things.”

As previously announced, School Without Walls High School in Ward 2 will not open tomorrow, as a result of damage sustained earlier in the week from an earthquake. Students and staff from School Without Walls will relocate Monday to Eastern High School at 1700 East Capitol St.

NE in Ward 6.

Families are advised to monitor the DCPS website,, as well as DCPS social media (@DCPublicSchools on Twitter and for any updates on the opening status of the schools that lost electricity or need repairs. DCPS hopes to clear those schools as soon as possible for the safe return of teachers and students.


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