HSCSN wants parents and caregivers to have the most updated information and resources during this COVID-19 public health emergency. If you think you have COVID-19, you can get tested at multiple locations in DC.
Free COVID-19 Antibody (Serology) Testing Now Available for DC Residents:
DC residents are now able to obtain free COVID-19 antibody tests – antibody, or serology tests check your blood by looking for antibodies, which can show if you had a past infection with the virus that causes COVID-19. To schedule an appointment for a test, please contact 1-855-363-0333.
DC Health Care and Public Assistance Information during COVID-19
- DC Health Situational Update (11/30)»
- DC Health Situational Update (11/23)»
- DC Health Situational Update (11/18)»
- DC Health Situational Update (11/16)»
- DC Health Situational Update (11/9)»
- DC Health Situational Update (11/5)»
- DC Health Situational Update (10/29)»
- DC Health Situational Update (10/26)»
- DC Health Situational Update (10/19)»
- DC Health Situational Update (10/14)»
- DC Health Situational Update (10/5)»
- DHCF information about Medicaid coverage for uninsured DC residents (5/1)»
- Information on your Medicaid coverage (3/27)»
- DHCF information about Temporary Eligibility Policy Changes for Medicaid coverage (3/27)»
- DHCF information about screening, testing, and treatment during COVID-19 (3/26)»
- DHCF information about the Public Charge Rule and COVID-19 (3/26)»
- DHS information about cash, food and medical assistance public benefits (3/22)»
- DHCF notification about Emergency Extension of Medicaid Eligibility (3/17)»
D.C. schools go all virtual, with mayor citing parent concerns and ‘workforce’ gaps
- Term 1 will begin on Monday, August 31 and will be ALL VIRTUAL for students in Pre-K through 12th grade until Friday, November 6, 2020. Once term 1 ends on November 6, updates regarding Term 2 will be forthcoming.
Mayor Bowser Implements Phase Two Reopening Guidance beginning on June 22, 2020 (6/19)
District of Columbia Basic Needs Assessment Hotline (5/20)
The D.C. Basic Needs Assessment Hotline was established to connect with individuals who have been asked to quarantine or isolate by a provider due to exposure to COVID-19. The District uses a Basic Needs Assessment for residents who are medically required to quarantine, e.g. self-quarantine, a family member has tested positive for COVID-19 or their medical provider has asked them to quarantine for related reasons. This assessment is used to ensure eligible residents have food, basic hygiene supplies, prescription medication and mental health support needed to get through the quarantine. While this support is short-term, residents who appear to need longer-term assistance are also connected to other government agencies for follow-up needs.
If you tested positive for COVID-19 or need to be quarantined and cannot properly isolate at home, please call the DC Basic Needs Assessment hotline for assistance, if a safe place to stay is unavailable.
Mayor Bowser orders the closure of all nonessential businesses. (3/24)
DC Council Approves Laws to Protect Residents and Businesses (3/17)
Protections for Residents
- Increases access to public benefit programs, like Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) and the Supplemental Nutritional Program (SNAP)
- Bans the stockpiling of goods
- Prohibits the disconnection of electric, gas, and water utilities during the public health emergency and for 15 days afterward
- Protects residents from evictions during the public health emergency
- Allows deadline extensions for tenants and tenant organizations to exercise their tenant rights until 30 days after the public health emergency ends
- Allows pharmacists to refill prescription drugs before the end of the waiting period between refills
- Allows the Department of Human Services (DHS) to place families seeking shelter in a short-term shelter placement for 60 days
Protections for Employees
- Residents will be eligible to apply for unemployment insurance benefits if they become unemployed or partially unemployed as a result of the public health emergency
- Employment protections under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) are extended to employees who are quarantined, recommended to self-quarantine, or are unable to work as a result of the public health emergency, so they can feel secure that their job will be available when they return to work
Relief for Small Businesses
- Creates a public health emergency small business grant program that allows the Mayor to give grants or loans to eligible small businesses, non-profit organizations, and independent contractors.
- Prohibits eviction for non-residential tenants during the public health emergency
- Allows all businesses except hotels to defer payment of sales tax for February 2020 and March 2020 until July 20th, 2020
- Extends the March 31st real property tax due date for hotels until June 30, 2020
2020-2021 School Year
DCPS has released the academic calendar for School Year 2020-2021. For SY20-21, the first day of school for students is Monday, August 31, 2020, and the last day of school for students is Thursday, June 24, 2021.
DCPS schools are planning for a hybrid schedule that includes both in-person and virtual learning, ensures classroom size meets social distancing measures, provides all students with equitable access to resources to learn outside of the classroom, and operation modifications to prioritize the health and safety of our entire school community.
Distance Learning Resources
Mental Health Resources
- DC Department of Behavioral Health has expanded the city's Mental Health Hotline to offer relevant guidance to families.
- Parents can get real-time help from licensed clinicians or learn more about available services by calling 1-888-793-4357 at any time of the day, any day of the week.
- Parents can get support for a wide range of issues, from managing your own stress to managing your child's behavior to processing grief and trauma. It is important for families to understand that this anxiety and stress is normal and that our team is here to help support your mental wellness.
Stay at Home Activities:
- The Ultimate Parent Survival Guide to 2020 - 2021»
- Parenting During Coronavirus- Tips to Help Parents Cope»
- Activity Ideas for Kids During COVID-19»
- How To Adapt Special Education To The Remote-Learning Reality»
- 10 Fun Activities for Kids With Special Needs During COVID-19»
- Washington Parent-Summer Fun»
- Schooltalk Virtual Social Connections»
- DC Health Life at Home Resources »
- Tips for Teaching Kids at Home »
- Guide to Helping Parents and Caregivers Cope with COVID-19 »
- Ideas for families to try while home during COVID-19 precaution »
- 5 Preschool Activities for Children with Special Needs »
- Free Access to Special Needs Lessons During COVID-19 »
- Top Terrific Things to Do with Kids at Home »
- Resilient Communities DC - COVID-19 Resources for Families »
- DC Food Project Emergency Food Access»
- DC Food Council Policy Food Resources »
- Department of Human Services Food Resources »
- DC Greens Food Access During COVID-19 »
- DC-Area Restaurants Are Offering Free Meals for Schoolkids »
- Businesses offer Free Meals to Kids and Seniors »
- Food and Public Resources from DC Health »
- Capital Area Food Bank Resources »