October 26, 2012
DCPS Prepares For Hurricane Sandy
Today, DC Public Schools are bracing for Hurricane Sandy, which is expected to hit the Washington, D.C. area late this weekend or early Monday morning with expected strong winds and heavy rain that could impact school operations early next week.
While it is difficult to predict with certainty the impact the storm will have on our schools, we want you to know that we are taking every precaution to prepare our schools for the storm and respond quickly in the aftermath to make any necessary repairs.
DCPS central office staff has been working with the Department of General Services (DGS) and school-based staff to prepare our schools, inside and outside, for the anticipated wind and rain. Schools that have experienced flooding in the past are receiving additional support.
Essential school personnel will be reporting to schools early Monday morning to take inventory and assess the schools. DCPS, along with DGS, will deploy staff and contractors to address any damage and make repairs as necessary.
As long as conditions allow and we can ensure the safety of our students, our priority is to open schools on Monday October 29, 2012. We are taking every step necessary to ensure that our buildings are protected throughout the storm and ready to open on time. Please continue to refer to our website, our social media channels and check local news programs for any updates on Monday’s school opening as the progress of the storm may advance it into the area over the weekend.
Please visit the emergency closures and delays page on the DCPS website (dcps.dc.gov) for more information and resources, and text NEWS to 91990 to receive breaking news updates from DCPS.