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DC Mayor Expects Schools to Fully Reopen in Fall 2021

“We have stuck together through this pandemic – now, we need a strong citywide commitment to reopening this fall," Mayor Muriel Bowser said

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D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser said she expects D.C. Public Schools to fully reopen in fall 2021. 

The mayor’s office announced on Thursday a proposed 3.6% boost to per-student funding for the upcoming school year, and said Bowser is planning for students and educators to be in classrooms for “in-person learning, five days a week.” 

“We have stuck together through this pandemic – now, we need a strong citywide commitment to reopening this fall so that we can meet the social, emotional, and academic needs of all our students,” Bowser said in a statement. 

The mayor said in an update Monday that she expects some families to need all-virtual learning. She said the school district would provide “a virtual option in limited instances.”

The mayor’s budget proposal will include increased funding for schools, “with a focus on enhancing equity and supporting our most vulnerable students.” 

D.C. officials will work with schools to “ensure they have staff, space, and other resources they need to safely accommodate all students. Schools will share robust plans with the city and their communities and have strong health protocols in place,” the mayor’s office said.

Stay with NBC Washington for more details on this developing story. 

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