All tardiness and absences at D.C. public schools will automatically count as excused, according the school system’s spokeswoman, Michelle Lerner.
Many D.C. students do not attend neighborhood schools, and they rely on Metro to commute each day. Lerner said the school system is in talks with other government agencies to determine other ways to transport students, including Metro buses.
D.C. charter schools will not include March 16 attendance when calculating students’ attendance rates, Bowden said.
The suburban school districts also will remain open.
Arlington public schools spokesman Frank Bellavia said the school system will remain open, though there is concern about how some teachers will commute to school.
Montgomery and Fairfax county officials also said that their schools would remain open and that their representatives were meeting with officials on Thursday afternoon to discuss the logistics surrounding teachers and students who rely on Metro to commute.
The D.C. Public Charter School Board will be updating a list of school closings here.