Monday, September 23, 2013

Update: DC One Cards for all students calls for expanded service center hours

Demand is so high for DC student access to the DC One Card that the Office of the Chief Technology Officer (OCTO) has expanded hours for select DC One Card service centers.   Demand is especially high for students in public and charter schools grades K-5 and in all private schools because these schools do not have dedicated ID administrators.

Effective September 23, the Wilson Aquatic Center (4551 Fort Dr NW) and Deanwood Recreation Center (1350 49th St NE) One Card sites have Monday hours (9:00 am - 8:00 pm).

Starting this school year, students in DC ride Metrobus and the DC Circulator for free.   The caveat, of course, is that free rides are available only with a DC One Card (details in The fine print of free bus rides to and from school).

According to the recent notice of the hours expansion,

The DC One Card staff advises parents to bring proof of identity, proof of DC residency, and proof of relationship for minors. Also, please arrive before 6:00 p.m. on Mondays or Wednesdays, if possible, to ensure that you are seen by a staff person during your visit.


For more information, about the eligibility document please see the DC One Card website at: or contact the Customer Service Center at (202) 727-6030.

Nonprofits and government programs can and should help spread the word to clients/constituents.   Perhaps these organizations can help parents and children take advantage of the expanded hours by taking field trips or building getting a DC One Card into regular programming this fall.

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