Students return to DC schools

WASHINGTON — Not to be overshadowed by the eclipse, there’s another major event Monday, albeit one that might make some kids groan: Aug. 21 is the first day of school for D.C. Public Schools students.

Tens of thousands of students — the 2015-2016 school year saw 48,439 enrolled in DCPS — will hit the books Monday morning.

Class is in session: Here’s when kids in the DC area head back to school

As a result, the District is also increasing the presence of adults at key Metro stations throughout the area.

The District government pays for all 70,000 or so students in public and public charter schools to ride Metrorail, Metrobus and the D.C. Circulator during the school year. Students or their families must register the student’s DC One Card (school identification), so it can be used to tap in and tap out of the Metro system.

According to DDOT, to be eligible, students must meet all three qualifications below:

  • Resident of the District of Columbia
  • Age 5 to 21
  • Enrolled in an elementary or secondary public, private, charter or parochial school located within the District; or a “Ward of DC” through the Foster Care System.
Will Vitka

William Vitka is a Digital Writer/Editor for He's been in the news industry for over a decade. Before joining WTOP, he worked for CBS News, Stuff Magazine, The New York Post and wrote a variety of books—about a dozen of them, with more to come.

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