Statement on DCPS’s Decision to Postpone Reopening of Schools
WASHINGTON, D.C. (November 3, 2020) — Democrats for Education Reform DC (DFER DC) released the following statement in response to the District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) announcement that elementary schools will not reopen on November 9 as originally scheduled.
“The original plan to reopen DC Public Schools, while admirable in its intent, missed the mark with many parents, teachers, and principals. We believe that today’s decision to postpone reopening was correct.
Moving forward, Mayor Bowser and Chancellor Ferebee must work with principals, teachers, and families to devise a reopening plan that supports staff while allowing all students to receive high-quality instruction — regardless of whether they participate in person or virtually. Above all, the plan must prioritize the students and communities most likely to be negatively impacted by school closures, including students considered “at risk” and students with special needs. We urge all sides to make every effort to reach an agreement that makes reopening inclusive, equitable, and safe for all students and staff.”