Jackson-Reed sees sharp increase in COVID cases

Liam de Luce, News Editor

Jackson-Reed is experiencing a significant surge in COVID-19 cases. During the week of June 5, 26 cases were reported, 15 more than the previous week. 

On March 16, DCPS removed the mask mandate in schools, and many businesses followed shortly after.

 “Bars, restaurants, and different places do not have a mask mandate requirement. So of course, you will see a spike,” said Director of Strategy and Logistics Brandon Hall.

The return from spring break added to the surge due to students and faculty traveling. Between August and June of this school year, the school had 342 cases—the highest number of cases reported in DCPS. 

Despite this increase, Hall said the Jackson-Reed administration and DCPS have maintained the same messaging.

 “[The school will] offer the same solutions: get tested, wear your mask, isolate and quarantine if you are to get COVID, even if it’s not as severe a strain.” Hall said.

Jackson-Reed has faced severe spikes in cases before, most notably in the winter of this school year. Due to the Omicron strain, classes transitioned to virtual learning for the day prior to winter break, and students had to produce a negative COVID-19 test to return to school. Students similarly had to test before returning to school following spring break. It is unclear whether the policy will remain for summer break. 

COVID policy for Jackson-Reed will remain the same: masks are optional and random asymptomatic testing will continue. •