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.
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.
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 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
Committee of the Whole & the Committee on Government Operations & Facilities Public Oversight Roundtable-Tuesday, September 28th at 9:00 am
Topic: School Facility Conditions During the Re-Opening for School Year 2021- 2022
Subcommittee on Redistricting-Wednesday, September 29th at 11:00 am
Topic: B24-0371, the Ward Redistricting Amendment Act of 2021-the legislation required to begin the redistricting process. This bill is technically a placeholder that allows the legislative process to begin. It does not change the current boundaries in any way.
Committee of the Whole Public Roundtable -Thursday, September 30th at 1:00 pm
Topic: Speeding Electrification of WMATA’s Bus Fleet
DC Board of Education
No meetings this week
Board of Charles County Commissioners
Charles County Commissioners' Meeting -Virtual (Legislative Day)-Tuesday, September 28th at 9:00 am
Charles County Commissioners' Meeting -Virtual (Legislative Day)-Wednesday, September 29th at 6:00 pm
Public Hearing: Bill 2021-07-Excise Tax Enactment Applicability
Board of Education
Middle Schools Redistricting Public Hearing #4, Monday, September 27th at 6:30 pm
Middle Schools Redistricting Public Hearing #5, Tuesday, September 28th at 6:00 pm
Montgomery County Council
Council Session-Tuesday, September 28th at 9:00 am
Health and Human Services Committee Meeting-Monday, September 27, at 9:30 am
Planning, Housing, and Economic Development Committee Meeting-Monday, September 27, at 1:30 pm
Topic: Bill 5-21, Agricultural Land Preservation – Solar Collection System – Dedication of Business Personal Property Tax Revenue, would dedicate business personal property tax revenue received for a solar collection system constructed in the Agricultural Reserve Zone for the Agricultural Land Preservation Fund.
Public Safety Committee Meeting-Monday, September 27, at 1:30 pm
Topic: Bill 45-20, Police – Community Policing – Data-Would require the Montgomery County Police Department (MCPD) to make certain reports to the County Executive and County Council, and to post certain datasets regarding officer-community interactions on Data Montgomery.
Spending Control Limits for the FY23 Budget of WSSC WaterTuesday, September 28, at 1:30 pm
Click here to register to speak. Registration deadlines: Daytime hearings: 5:00 p.m. on the day before the hearing. Evening hearings: 10:00 a.m. on the day of the hearing.
Prince George’s County
Prince George’s County Council
County Council Meeting- Tuesday, September 28th at 10:00 am
Topics of interest
CB-102-2021-An act concerning COVID -19 vaccination requirements for child care facility and daycare center staff
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.
CB-016-2021-An ordinance concerning zoning - Administration- Appeals and Variances-Criteria
County Council Meeting- Tuesday, September 28th at 5:00 pm
Public Hearing - Proposed Council Redistricting Plan by the Redistricting Commission
Board of Education
Academic Achievement Committee Meeting-Monday, September 27th at 5:30 pm
Alexandria City Council
City Council Legislative Meeting- Tuesday, September 28th at 6:00 pm
Topic of interest: Consideration of Increasing Staffing and Legal Resources for Eviction Prevention Activities.:
Board of Education
Joint City Council/School Board Subcommittee Meeting-Monday, September 27th at 5:00 pm
Arlington County Board
County Board Work Session - Bridges Out of Poverty-Tuesday, September 28th at 6:00 pm
Arlington County School Board
School Board Meeting-Thursday, September 30th at 7:00 pm
Fairfax County Council
Public Safety Committee-Tuesday, September 28th at 9:30 am
Environmental Committee-Tuesday, September 28th at 11:00 am
Land Use Policy Committee-Tuesday, September 28th at 1:30 pm
Transportation Committee-Tuesday, September 28th at 3:00 pm
Fairfax County School Board
Audit Committee Meeting-Wednesday, September 29th at 4:00 pm