DCPS Aims to Offer Students In-Person School Seats This Week

D.C. plans to return some students to classrooms on Nov. 9

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D.C. Public Schools' plan to return elementary school students to classrooms starting Nov. 9 is set to prioritize already-identified students who are experiencing homelessness, have special education needs, are at risk or are learning the English language.

The school district plans to notify families who will be offered a spot in an in-person learning classroom by the end of this week — Friday, Oct. 23, officials said.

Some students will be in small classroom groups with a teacher.

Other students will be in what’s known as a CARE classroom, taught by a teacher working remotely and supervised by an adult who could be a high school or administrative staff member. 

DCPS Chancellor Lewis Ferebee said those supervising staff members will be trained appropriately.

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