Some DC-area schools require negative COVID-19 test before returning from spring break

Some school systems across Maryland and D.C. are requiring students to provide a negative COVID-19 test before they can return to class after spring break.

The decisions follow a steady increase in reported positive cases among some schools and continued concern over the BA.2.12 and BA.2.12.1 variants.



Among the school systems requesting that students complete a COVID-19 test before returning to the classroom are those in Baltimore, Montgomery and Prince George’s counties. For Baltimore County that deadline is Monday. Montgomery County Public Schools asked students to get tested on  Monday. In Prince George’s County, students have until Tuesday to share their results.

Proof of a negative COVID test will also be required for D.C. Public School students when students return to school after spring break on Tuesday.

School systems in Virginia will not be requiring students to provide a negative COVID-19 test before returning to the classroom after spring break.

WTOP’s Will Vitka contributed to this report.

Ivy Lyons

Ivy Lyons is a digital journalist for WTOP.com. Since 2018, they have worked on Capitol Hill, at NBC News in Washington, and with WJLA in Washington.

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