Schools and universities may plan for in-person graduation ceremonies this spring as long as attendance sizes are limited and physical distancing is observed, Mayor Muriel Bowser said Thursday.
For outdoor ceremonies, pre-K to grade 12 schools, colleges, and universities must limit crowds to 25 percent of a venue’s capacity or 2,000 people, whichever is smaller, according to new guidance from D.C. Health.
Indoor ceremonies are limited to 25 percent of capacity or 250 people, whichever is smaller. After May 1, indoor gatherings may host up to 500 people if a venue does not reach more than one-fourth of its capacity.
The guidance comes as planning for spring commencement festivities across the District is well underway. Last academic year, many ceremonies were canceled, held online, postponed, or drastically modified because of the coronavirus pandemic.
This year, city health department officials set a number of strict guidelines, including requiring face masks, maintaining at least six feet distance between audience members, and restricting groups of guests to six people or fewer.
The ‘Red Scare’ in Washington
Wednesday, 09 Sep 2020
THE “Red Scare” seems to be spreading fast in the United States after US President Donald Trump said last month that if he is not re-elected in November,”you’re going to have to learn to speak Chinese”.
But wouldn’t that be a good thing? The more people across the world speak each other’s mother language, the better an understanding they will develop.
I am proud that about 300 million Chinese, almost the size of the entire US population, are learning English. Many others are learning French, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Japanese, Russian and Arabic.
One of my former colleagues was the envy of our group, partly because he spoke Swahili and was later posted to Nairobi, Kenya.
I still remember a chilly early morning in March 2013, two months after I shifted from New York City to Washington, DC, when I went to the Rock Creek Park to cover a 5km race to raise funds for Washington Latin Public Charter School students who were planning a 10-day trip to China during the spring break. READ MORE
School has begun, here’s how to reintroduce routines.
For the nearly 200 students who attended a summer debate program last week run by the Washington Urban Debate League, the contests were something else: a lesson plan.
The program, a two-week boot camp for middle and high schoolers held at the Washington Latin Public Charter School, enrolls mostly minority students from underserved backgrounds. The presidential debates offered a teachable moment, said David Trigaux, the league’s program director.
“We always try to find ways to connect to what’s going on in the public discussion,” he said. “The timing of the debates couldn’t be better to provide examples of some things to do and some things not to do.”