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CLPA Weekly Policy Recap and List of Upcoming DC Area Policy Meetings (Sept 27th - Oct 2nd)

Here is CLPA’s weekly recap of important policy news you may have missed, as well as a list of upcoming meetings.


Statewide Updates

District of Columbia

Last week, Mayor Muriel Bowser signed a Mayor’s Order requiring that by November 1, 2021, all adults who are regularly in schools and child care centers facilities in the District must be vaccinated against COVID-19. The Order further requires that beginning November 1, 2021, students aged 12 and older must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 in order to participate in school-based extracurricular athletics.

For more information about the new vaccine mandate, please visit here.

Mayor Bowser and DC Health are also encouraging members of the community who are eligible for a booster shot to get their third dose. Previously, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) had already recommended that people who are moderate to severely immunocompromised (have a weakened immune system) receive three doses of an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine (Pfizer or Moderna) rather than two doses. This third dose was recommended because sometimes people who are moderate to severely immunocompromised do not build enough (or any) protection when they first get a vaccination.


For more on DC's recommendation please visit here.

Maryland

Last week, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan announced the immediate authorization of COVID-19 Booster Shots For Marylanders. This announcement came soon after the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) gave final approval for Pfizer COVID-19 booster shots. Governor Hogan in his announcement stated:


“In line with our federal partners, state health officials have issued a bulletin directing vaccine providers to immediately make booster shots available to eligible Marylanders who received their second Pfizer dose at least six months ago. In addition, we are encouraging providers to conduct outreach to previously vaccinated individuals. If you received your second Pfizer dose at least six months ago, you should strongly consider getting a booster shot."


“This is important progress, but we continue to press the federal government to issue clear guidance for individuals who received the Moderna or Johnson & Johnson vaccines. And with students back in classrooms, it is critical that the federal government expedite approval of vaccines for 5- to 11-year-olds.

To read the full announcement from Governor Hogan, please visit here.

Virginia

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam announced that as of last week, all of Virginia’s 132 school divisions are now open for full-time, in-person learning. The announcement comes as First Lady Pamela Northam concludes her annual Back to School Tour, during which she has visited 28 schools, 26 school divisions, and all eight superintendent regions. The Northam administration has prioritized safe in-person instruction for the Commonwealth’s 1.2 million public school students.


Schools are collaborating with local health departments and working diligently to implement recommended mitigation strategies while also navigating quarantine protocols following positive cases among school members. Last week the Virginia Department of Health issued guidance on “close contacts” for K-12 settings that is expected to result in fewer and shorter disruptions to in-person learning for students and staff.


In alignment with the recommendations of the Virginia Department of Education’s Virginia LEARNS Workgroup, schools across the commonwealth are focused on assessing the impact of the pandemic on student learning, addressing unfinished learning, and supporting students’ physical and mental health.


School reopening information and resources for parents and school communities are available in the Virginia Department of Education and the Virginia Department of Health’s online Healthy Back-to-School COVID-19 Safety Guide.

To read the full announcement from Governor Northam, please visit here.

September 27th - October 2nd Meetings

Washington, DC

DC Council

DC Board of Education

  • No meetings this week

Maryland

Charles County


Board of Charles County Commissioners
Board of Education

Montgomery County


Montgomery County Council

Prince George’s County

Prince George’s County Council
  • County Council Meeting- Tuesday, September 28th at 10:00 am

    1. Topics of interest

      1. CB-102-2021-An act concerning COVID -19 vaccination requirements for child care facility and daycare center staff

      2. CB-097-2021-An act concerning the Office of Human Rights for the purpose of amending certain definitions, clarifying investigative and conciliation procedures, creating the judicial election process, and updating general language to conform with the Federal Fair Housing Act.

      3. CB-016-2021-An ordinance concerning zoning - Administration- Appeals and Variances-Criteria

  • County Council Meeting- Tuesday, September 28th at 5:00 pm

    1. Public Hearing - Proposed Council Redistricting Plan by the Redistricting Commission

Board of Education
  • Academic Achievement Committee Meeting-Monday, September 27th at 5:30 pm


Virginia

Alexandria City

Alexandria City Council

Board of Education

Arlington County


Arlington County Board
Arlington County School Board

Fairfax County

Fairfax County Council
Fairfax County School Board

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