Students at Alexandria City Public Schools will now be allowed to sit three feet apart in classrooms.
Despite the decision of Alexandria Schools Superintendent Gregory Hutchings to keep students six feet apart in classrooms, the school board reversed his order Thursday, WTOP reported.
At Thursday’s school board meeting, School Board Vice Chair Veronica Nolan said she learned about Hutchings’ decision by reading about it and said “we have to be overly transparent with this information and make sure they are public conversations and discussions,” WTOP reported.
Ramee Gentry, Nolan’s colleague, also expressed wariness with Hutchings’ manner of making the decision without board consultation, saying “in my five years on the school board, this is probably the most frustrated I have ever been,” WTOP reported.
However, parents also expressed frustration with Hutchings’ decision, with Erika Melman, the parent of a second-grade student, saying her child has struggled with virtual learning and endorsed the three-space distance policy because it will accommodate more students in classrooms.
Hutchings didn’t respond to criticism of his decision before the board reversed him, but did admit the three-feet distance policy will allow more students in classrooms.
The three-feet distance policy inside classrooms will be in effect for the present academic school year.