Read our April 2022 COVID Safety Update (published April 1, 2022) to learn more about:

  • COVID Testing
  • Quarantine and Isolation
  • Masking
  • Physical Distancing 
  • Vaccination
  • Virtual Learning
  • Visitors
  • Extracurricular Activities
  • Fieldwork
  • Communications

New research, updated health guidance from the CDC and DC Health, lessons learned from other schools, our vaccination rates, and feedback from staff and families informs this new spring update. With this new information, we will be relaxing some of our mitigation measures after spring break to enhance the school experience for students while maintaining an approach that maximizes safety for students, staff, and families.

As we navigate another unprecedented school year, we will provide transparency on planning, frequently communicate, and offer many opportunities for feedback. Families can always reach out to our Family Engagement Team with questions at or 202-556-3815.


Families can access COVID-related data and information in our weekly dashboard sent to all families in our Monday newsletter. Stay connected by reading this newsletter weekly. 

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The health of our community is a top priority. We will continue to implement a multi-layered mitigation strategy that includes promoting vaccination, universal mask wearing regardless of vaccination status, staggered arrival and dismissal, and weekly COVID testing of students and all staff.

High school student learning


Following updated guidance from DC Health, students with testing consent will participate in weekly individual PCR testing. Capital City will receive results within 24-36 hours. Families will be notified within 24 hours of learning the results if their student tests positive and 36 hours if their student is a close contact of a positive case. All teachers/staff in the school building must also test weekly.

Middle School students learning


In alignment with the CDC and DC Health recommendations for a test-to-stay program, we will conduct rapid antigen tests for students who are close contacts. If Capital City does NOT have a testing consent form for a student, the student cannot use rapid antigen tests to stay in the building and must quarantine. Fill out a testing consent form here.

With support from the COVID Safety Team, and under a CLIA waiver, students will self-administer rapid antigen tests at school. The COVID Safety Team will monitor results and follow up with families of students who test positive.

High School class


With our individual student PCR testing and test-to-stay program for students with testing consent, we hope to significantly reduce quarantines without increased risk.

Capital City is encouraging all families to get their eligible children vaccinated.
Please click here to submit a photo of your child’s COVID-19 vaccine card.

The CDC, DC Health, and Capital City strongly encourage all individuals 5 years and older to get vaccinated — including boosters when eligible. Vaccines significantly lower the risk of serious disease and hospitalization. Vaccinations are free and readily accessible. Find a location to get vaccinated here.

All Capital City staff must be fully vaccinated or be approved for a religious or medical exemption. New this spring, vaccinated staff are required to get a booster within 6 weeks of eligibility. Additionally, students who participate in sports must be up-to-date on their COVID vaccinations and participate in weekly testing.

Currently, 99% of staff are vaccinated. 48% of students 5 years and older are vaccinated (based on student vaccination cards submitted to Capital City). Next school year, COVID vaccination will be required for students eligible for fully FDA-approved vaccines as part of the city’s “No Shots, No School” policy and students who are not fully immunized will not be able to attend in-person school or receive distance learning. Currently, only students age 16 and older are required to be vaccinated for COVID for SY 2022-23, but this could change with new FDA approvals.

Vaccine clinic

Have questions about the COVID-19 vaccine? Check out this article by doctors from Johns Hopkins Medicine regarding myths vs facts about the vaccine.


Students in quarantine or with medical waivers will continue to have access to virtual learning. Students with medical waivers are welcome to change their status and learn in person this spring. PARCC testing will be required to be administered in person for 3rd-10th grade students. Our assessment team will work with families of students with medical waivers to develop testing plans.

  • Email to request virtual learning for a child if necessary because their Capital City sibling must quarantine. Siblings can join virtually if they are added to our exclusion list by 7:45am.
  • Email for support with your Capital City computer/tablet, Internet, or accessing virtual learning.
  • Email or contact your campus principal if you would like your student with a medical exemption to transition to in-person learning.

Capital City is prepared to provide robust learning experiences for any students learning from home. If your child is trying to access class virtually but having difficulty, please send a message to Click on the resources below to learn how to access online classes and how to set up Remind.

To support socially distanced teaching, and accommodate students who must engage in distance learning, each classroom is equipped with a projector, document camera, and poly-studio camera. In addition, all students received a 2nd computer, so they have one device at home and one for use in the classroom. Capital City will continue to support families with Internet access and troubleshooting technology issues.


Visitors: For the safety of our community, we will continue to limit visitors to the building during the school day. This spring we will begin to welcome volunteers who are vaccinated and participate in weekly testing. We also will begin to host in-person family events held after school hours including small indoor events and larger outdoor ones.  All visitors must follow the indoor masking policy.


Extracurricular Activities: We are excited to resume many in-person extracurricular activities and look forward to strong participation. 

  • Middle School and High School sports will continue in the spring with up-to-date vaccination and testing required. 
  • Arts and other activities that follow school day safety rules will be permitted with no vaccination or testing requirement.

Fieldwork: While not returning to full scale, we will offer limited opportunities for fieldwork this spring. We recognize this as an important element of our EL Education program.  

  • High School students who are up-to-date on their COVID-19 vaccinations will be able to participate in fieldwork and college visits following Capital City masking guidelines. 
  • Unvaccinated or not up-to-date High School students will not be able to participate in trips to indoor locations this spring.  
  • We will offer outdoor trips (adventure and expedition-related) for vaccinated and unvaccinated students across all grades. These trips will require bus travel with masking.


Mary’s Center Partnership: Bios and contact information for questions/support.


  • For general support, email
  • For questions related to our COVID safety protocols, contact our COVID Safety Team at
  • For campus-specific questions for Lower School, contact Office Manage Carolina Romero at
  • For campus-specific questions for Middle School, contact Office Manager Veronica Ramirez at
  • For campus-specific questions for High School, contact Office Manager Yanira Cuellar at

Revisit re-entry in these videos:

Watch this video to hear from Capital City school leaders about our re-entry plans.

Learn more about re-entry from our Family Engagement Team. (This video is in Spanish.)

Hear from our PSA leaders about our safety measures. (This video is in English and Spanish.)