Public schools in Washington, DC will open with full-time computer distance learning after officials
abandoned their initial plans to use a combination of distance and in-person instruction in the United States’ capital city.
Mayor Muriel Bowser’s had initially planned to use a hybrid model with most students attending classes inside the school
buildings two days per week – but in the face of newly rising COVID-19 cases, the hybrid plan was abruptly
delayed minutes before the press conference.
Public Schools In Washington will not reopen, Bowser said the decision was due to a combination of virus metrics, parental concerns, and opposition from the teacher’s union to opening up public school buildings.
The Washington Teachers’ Union, which had been promoting
the Twitter hashtag #OnlyWhenItsSafe, said in a Thursday tweet:
“DC Teachers are willing to return to in-person learning, if health and safety concerns are addressed to ensure
the health of our teachers, students and communities. In the meantime, we’re committed to ensuring
great virtual learning for our students.”