March 5, 2021
Letter from the Mayor
This week, we tragically marked more than 1,000 lives lost to COVID-19 in our community. On Wednesday, which we proclaimed “A Day of Remembrance for Lives Lost to COVID-19,” I shared with you that my family and I are mourning the loss of my sister, Mercia Bowser, who passed away due to complications related to COVID-19. Mercia was loved immensely and will be missed greatly, as she joins the legion of angels who have gone home too soon due to the pandemic. I want to thank the community for your kindness and outpouring of love and support.
This pandemic has forever changed families and communities. And while we will never know just how many lives have been saved through our shared commitment to wearing masks and social distancing, we continue to make these efforts because we know that every single life saved is precious.
In the midst of this tragedy, though, our nation also celebrated an important and hopeful milestone: 50 million vaccine doses administered in the United States. More than 140,000 of those doses have been administered here in DC. Please, DC, as soon as you are eligible and have the opportunity, get vaccinated.
In the meantime, continue to do all the things we know help keep people safe: wear a mask, get tested if you don't feel well or believe you may have been exposed to the virus, keep your distance from other people, practice good hygiene, and choose your activities wisely.
Take care of yourself and others, check in on neighbors and loved ones, and stay safe.
In This Week's Newsletter:
The District’s free Financial Navigators Program helps District residents who are facing critical financial struggles during the coronavirus (COVID-19) public health emergency. The program is administered by the Department of Insurance, Securities and Banking and connects residents with trained Financial Navigators by phone. Navigators help individuals and families access programs and services to manage income disruptions and other financial concerns.
Residents can access virtual services by calling (202) 231-7908, emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, or by completing the web form at finnav.org/interest-dc. A staff member with the Financial Navigators Program will send a short service agreement and follow up with a phone call to begin the personal session.
Today, Mayor Bowser introduced the Safe Cannabis Sales Act of 2021 to legalize the sale of adult-use cannabis and empower and uplift residents who have been disproportionately harmed by the criminalization of cannabis, specifically low-income communities of color.
If passed by the end of 2021, adult-use cannabis sales could be expected to start by October 1, 2022. Adult-use cannabis and cannabis products would be restricted to persons 21 years old or older and be taxed at 17 percent. Since 2014, Congress has imposed a rider on DC’s appropriations bill, prohibiting DC from using any funds to implement and regulate adult-use cannabis sales in DC.
Learn more HERE.
The deadline for the My School DC lottery application for grades PK3-8 is Monday, March 1. My School DC is the city’s common application and public school lottery for DC Public Schools (DCPS) and the majority of public charter schools (grades PK3-12).
Families must use the My School DC lottery application to apply to:
Have questions or need help with your application? Call the My School DC hotline at (202) 888-6336, Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. or email email@example.com.
For more information and to apply, go to www.myschooldc.org.
On Wednesday, March 24, join Mayor Muriel Bowser, Deputy Mayor John Falcicchio, and District agencies at the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development's March Madness, the District’s annual economic development showcase and pre-solicitation event.
Additional details will be shared soon.