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.
Since this summer, members of the Washington Teachers' Union have protested over health and safety concerns involved in a return to the classroom.
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The Public Employee Relations Board ruled Tuesday that the District did not bargain in good faith with the union over those concerns.