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Expecting High Traffic Volume

Dear parents,

His Holiness Pope Francis will visit Washington D.C. from Tuesday, September 22 through Thursday, September 24.  The city is expecting large crowds to visit the capital and several streets will be closed for security purposes. Traffic will be at an all-time high. Therefore, the government is encouraging their employees who would be commuting to work downtown on these days to work at home in order to alleviate the expected traffic volume.

The German School will run on a regular schedule on these three days. However, we would like to encourage all parents who drive their children to school to monitor local news media for announcements on street closures and traffic volume. Please allow extra time dropping off and picking up your children from the school.

If you usually bring your child by car and are not able to do so on these days, please call the main number at 301.365.4400 to excuse your child from class. Your child will then be registered as excused and is – as always - expected to complete all classwork and homework independently.

All streets of our 7 bus routes are open for traffic on both days and the German School Buses will run their regular schedule. Due to the high traffic volume, the bus may be running late on one or both of these days before and after school. Therefore, please ask your children to remain at the bus stop until the bus arrives to pick them up and allow for extra time when picking up your child from the bus after school.

We  anticipate many of our parents who pick up their children by car to be running late. If you are not at the school on time for the 1:30pm pickup, we will supervise your children in the Afternoon Program. If you cannot be here for the 3:15pm or the 4:45pm pickup, we will supervise your child in the Extended Care group.

Please keep your cell phone on and in reach on those days, in case we send an announcement to everyone via SchoolReach, our emergency notification system. SchoolReach messages go out in form of a voice message to all home and cell phones, in form of a text message to all cell phones, and in form of an email to the emails addresses we have on file for your family.

With questions, please contact the main office at 301.365.4400 or send an email to

Best regards,

Petra Palenzatis, OStD’

Head of School

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