Possible DC schools reopening plan has one union concerned

Possible DC schools reopening plan has one union concerned

As D.C. Public Schools appears to be moving forward with a plan to bring back some form of in-person learning in November, the union which represents school administrators is expressing concerns it has about the plan. Richard Jackson, president of the Council of School Officers (CSO), said D.C. public school principals have been getting information about a potential Nov. 9 in-person return trickling in, but no concrete plan has been laid out. Among the worries Jackson said are if there is enough time to make necessary repairs and put coronavirus precautions in place, at the schools which have mainly sat vacant since March. “What we’re hearing from principals is little to nothing has happened in preparation for that,” Jackson said. He said the projects that were expected include the installation of plexiglass dividers and the addition of markings that encourage social distancing. The CSO, which represents school administrators, said it would like to see confirmation that all the schools have been deep-cleaned. Little has been revealed about who will return to classes and if it will only be hybrid learning, which has students in classes a couple days a week, according to Jackson. Whether or not DCPS turns to outdoor learning also remains a question. “Our school leaders are being asked to be prepared for in-person learning, not having a lot of details, and therefore not being able to prepare their communities,” Jackson said. D.C. Public Schools Chancellor Lewis D. Ferebee, in a statement to WTOP, only said the school system ...
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