Distance learning has its challenges and is not working for all students.
That’s the consensus of D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser, District of Columbia Public Schools Chancellor Lewis Ferebee and others who are looking forward to Nov. 9 when some students will be heading back to the classroom for a second term of studies aligned with the 2020 curriculum.
Ferebee and Bowser, who made the announcement via the mayor’s Oct. 9 newsletter, said they initially will be welcoming back elementary students — for which virtual learning, in several cases, has posed attention span problems.
“We are tremendously grateful for all the educators, families, and students working together to make distance learning work,” Bowser said. “That is why we are returning our youngest students and students with known opportunity gaps for in-person learning first.”
Bowser added that her administration is in the process of upgrading HVAC filters at all 80 elementary schools, and that DCPS’ operations team will be working with schools over the next four weeks to ensure buildings are prepared to safely welcome staff and students.
Additionally, schools will have thorough health and safety protocols and school leaders are being trained on COVID-19 reporting and response protocol.