Students will be fed while DC Public Schools (DCPS) are closed to students from Monday, March 16 to March 31 (teachers are attending a planning day March 16). Most DC Public Charter Schools have also announced they will be closing.
Many students depend on the schools for meals, and arrangements have been made to distribute lunches from sites throughout the District.
Ward 6 Councilmember Charles Allen (D) shared the intial list of locations in a tweet Monday. The sites will offer lunch to DC Students from March 16 to March 31 inclusive between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. The three Ward 6 sites are Eastern High School (1700 East Capitol St. NE), Jefferson Middle School (801 Seventh St. SW) and Walker-Jones Education Campus (1125 New Jersey Ave. NW).
In a tweet, Allen said that these locations make up the initial plan, and more details will be added.
UPDATE: The councilmember’s office confirmed that students may go to go to any site regardless of where their school is located and will not need to present ID. Lunch will be served to students from any of the District schools, be they public, public charter, parochial or private.
Other groups are working to coordinate volunteers for at-risk neighbors. Allison McGill, who organized meals during the Federal Government shutdown is organizing volunteers to run errands for at-risk neighbors. Add yourself or a neighbor to the list of people in need, or volunteer time or resources by emailing email@example.com
Mayor Muriel Bowser is hosting a press conference to provide greater details on the closure, as well as the decision to close libraries for the same days and move the District Government’s non-essential services to telework. You can follow the press conference on the Mayor’s social media @MayorBowser, online at mayor.dc.gov/live or by tuning in on Channel 16 (DCN).
This story has been updated to include a new list of 16 locations, 3 in Ward 6. Initially, 11 were listed with 2 in Ward 6.