D.C. follows neighboring school districts, all of which have announced plans to begin the school year with online-only instruction.
Schools in the nation’s capital will remain completely virtual when they reopen next month, District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser announced Thursday.
While the city has largely been able to keep coronavirus spread from increasing in recent weeks, Bowser pointed to staffing concerns and unease among parents as key to the decision not to initially reopen schools for in-person learning, alluding to negotiations with teachers unions.
“I wouldn’t say that the attention to the health metrics is the only thing leading to our decision today,” the mayor said. “Clearly we want to work with our workforce. We want to make sure parents have confidence in an in-person option and make sure that, when we do have an in-person option, we can maximize the attendance of our teachers and our kids.”
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