Daily Archives: July 21, 2020

Family Pleads for Answers After DC Man Disappears

A D.C. family is pleading for answers after a man disappeared more than a week ago. Keith Johnson was last seen at his home on Tobias Drive SE on Monday, July 13. Tuesday was Johnson’s 44th birthday, but his family still has no idea where he is. “I’m hurt. I’m hurt. I’m shocked,†Johnson’s fiance Letitia Kemp said. “It’s indescribable,…

Fairfax County School Board Approves Superintendent’s Proposal to Start School Year Virtually

The Fairfax County School Board voted Tuesday night in favor of the superintendent’s recommendation to start the 2020-21 school year 100% online. “We are pleased FCPS is putting students and staff safety first and listening to the science, educational experts and our community by opting for a 100 percent virtual start,†the President of the Fairfax County Federation of Teachers…

Expired Drivers Licenses Still Valid Due to DMV Backlog in Pandemic

Department of Motor Vehicles facilities are reopening, but thousands of drivers are driving without expired licenses due to the backlog DMVs face. In D.C., the next available appointments aren’t until late November. License expiration dates have been extended due to the COVID-19 state of emergency. In the District, expired drivers licenses are good for 45 days after the state of…

UMD Students Who Signed On-Campus Leases Could Lose Thousands

Staying home during the fall semester could mean a significant financial loss for some University of Maryland students who had already signed on-campus apartment leases. Both the South Campus Commons and the Courtyard Apartments are on-campus housing that fall under a public-private partnership managed by Capstone On-Campus Management, not the university. Grace Goodenough signed her lease in April. “The pandemic…

Montgomery County Schools Will Offer Virtual-Only Learning Through First Semester

Montgomery County Public Schools will offer 100% virtual learning through the first semester of the upcoming school year, which includes canceling all fall and winter sports. The decision follows new guidance from County Health Officer Dr. Travis Gayles, Superintendent Dr. Jack Smith wrote in a letter parents, students and staff Tuesday. The district will assess in November whether to reopen…

Temperature Checks, Multiple Trips, ‘Walking Buses’: Here’s DC-Area School Bus Info

The school bus experience is set to change dramatically in the D.C. area as some school districts plan in-person learning for the fall as the coronavirus pandemic continues.  School districts are planning strict social distancing, temperature checks, “walking school buses†and multiple trips on the same route.  In Arlington County, where typically 70 students can fit on a bus, only…