D.C. Area Students Required to Show Negative COVID Test to Return to Class after Thanksgiving

Despite mandatory vaccinations for kids 12 and over.

  • Before returning to campus following Thanksgiving break, all Washington, D.C. public school students and faculty members are required to test COVID-negative.
  • This rule was given despite the fact that COVID-19 vaccination is compulsory for pupils 12 and older and “highly encouraged” for younger students.
  • From November 17 to November 22, the district is inviting families to pick up COVID tests at their local schools, some of which were given to students to take home.
  • On November 27, parents are instructed to administer tests to their children and upload the results to a school district website.
  • “To support a safe return from Thanksgiving break, all students and staff are expected to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test. Families should test their students and upload test results at DCPSstrong.com/testing on Sunday, November 27,” a notice at the top of the school district’s website reads.
  • According to the website, the school will have access to the results to confirm that the child tested negative: “The test must be taken the day prior to returning from break, and the staff at your child’s school will have access to this information when you arrive at school.”
  • “All DCPS students are expected to produce proof of a negative COVID-19 test administered within 24 hours prior to their return to school on Monday, November 28. All students who return after November 28 will also be required to show proof of a negative test before their return,” the district’s website went on to say.
  • A late 2019 report indicated that the centers for Disease Control and Prevention used a study that was “profoundly misleading” and has “significant flaws” as their justification to mandate masking in schools.
  • Several months later another story broke showing that a teachers’ union helped CDC write many schools’ COVID rules that kept those institutions closed.