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Officials Consider, Finalize D.C. Area School Start Dates

As public school systems across the D.C. region contemplate during the coronavirus pandemic how best to handle reopening of schools for the 2020-21 academic term, many districts are proceeding with caution, as some consider virtual learning in favor of actual physical classroom start dates.
Meanwhile, listed are plans for regional school systems in accordance with city, county and state preparations.
DC Public Schools
While D.C. hasn’t officially announced a date, the school year is set to start Aug. 31 with D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser planning to make a decision by July 31.
Maryland
According to state guidelines, each school system has until Aug. 14 to post its plans.
Prince George’s County Public Schools
Prince George’s County students will start the new school year Aug. 31 with distance learning that will remain in place through January 2021.
Virginia
Alexandria Public Schools
Although Alexandria City Public Schools is poised to open its doors on Sept. 8, school officials are holding a series of community discussions on reopening plans.
Arlington Public Schools
While the Arlington County school board recently voted to start school no later than Aug. 31, the new start day has been pushed forward to Sept. 8, with all students beginning with full-time distance learning.

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