Clean Air & Safe Classrooms
The Washington Teachers' Union has negotiated with DC Public Schools a "Building Readiness Checklist." We believe that no school should be reopened to in-person learning until all items on the checklist are complete and DCPS has shared detailed reports about a school's HVAC system.
The District of Columbia Nurses Association, which represents our school nurses, oppose the plan, stating that their recommendations haven't been fully implemented.
Ensure Equity & Minimize Disruptions to Students
Under the Mayor's proposed plan, of the approximately 51,000 DC Public Schools (DCPS) students, just 7,000 will receive in-person. The remainder of the city’s 44,000 students will be in larger classes and see librarians, counselors, technology coordinators and others pulled out of their schools to supervise – not instruct – students in CARES classrooms. Even among the elementary school students the Mayor’s plan targets, more than 21,000 elementary students will continue distance learning; many of these students will have different teachers and be in classes of up to 40 students.
The District's plan also fails to deliver on its promise to provide support to those who need it the most.
WTU Members express "No Confidence" in DCPS plan to reopen schools, citing disruption to student learning and lack of clarity in safety protocols. Read more.
The Local School Advisory Team (LSAT) Assembly also came together, representing parent leaders from all eight Wards, to oppose the Mayor's plan (Learn more about the roles LSATs in our DCPS School communities). Read more.
A Seat at the Table
Principals, Teachers, and Parents should have a voice in determining how to safely reopen our schools. Employees and parents should not learn of decisions impacting us without true engagement.
Read the Public Employee Relations Board (PERB) decision ruling that DCPS violated the law in developing their Reopen Plan by not working in good faith with your teachers.