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Some D.C. and Prince George’s schools await inspections

DCPS said a few minutes ago that it is still surveying the damage to schools and will issue an update later this evening on opening tomorrow.

Officials said some buildings sustained damage and that two students, one at Kelly Miller Middle School Ward 7 and the other at Deal Middle School in Ward 3, sustained minor injuries. Parents are encouraged to monitor the DCPS Web site and social media (@DCPublicSchools on Twitter and

DCPS said the the Ballou STAY program will be in session tonight, while Roosevelt STAY and Spingarn STAY will close this evening. Special Education transportation is running but with possible delays. For questions, you should call the DCPS Critical Response Team at 202-478-5738.

6:34 p.m. UPDATE: My colleague Miranda Spivack reports in Prince George’s County:

Prince George’s officials said they are examining county schools and public buildings before determining which ones they will open on Wednesday.

“We fully expect the government to be open and fully functioning,” said County Executive Rushern L. Baker III (D) at a press conference at the county’s emergency command center in Hyattsville. “We want to make sure that every building is safe,” Baker said.

The school system is reporting that about 12 schools sustained structural damage, but they are still assessing the others. “We are helping the school system go into each and every one to make sure they are safe to return to,” Baker said.

William R. Hite Jr., schools superintendent, said that the schools that sustained the most damage were older buildings. Officials will decide later this evening whether schools will open tomorrow for the third day of the new school year.

Bill Turque, who covers Montgomery County government and politics, has spent more than thirty years as a reporter and editor for The Washington Post, Newsweek, the Dallas Times Herald and The Kansas City Star.


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