Statement - ReOpen Schools #OnlyWhenItsSafe

Washington DC Teachers’ Release Petition & Statement Regarding Announcement of DC Public Schools’ Reopening Plans

WASHINGTON — The Washington Teachers’ Union (WTU), joined by more than 4,000 educators and District residents, released the following statement:


To Mayor Bowser and DCPS Chancellor Ferebee:

It is your responsibility, during the current health pandemic, to ensure the health and physical safety of those you serve.

I stand with educators and the Washington Teachers’ Union (WTU) in their decision to engage only in distance learning until the health protections in the WTU Memorandum of Agreement and set by the CDC and OSSE are fully met and implemented in collaboration with WTU.

For the good of the community, DC must have clear protocols in place to protect the health of our students, teachers, school staff and communities as we reopen our schools to in-person learning.

The list of signatories is attached below.



Statement from WTU President Elizabeth Davis:

The District of Columbia’s educators and students are eager to return to our classrooms and schools. Educators miss their students, and students miss their teachers and friends. We all miss our school communities – they are so much more than places to learn. Schools provide vital nutrition, physical safety, mental health and critical developmental supports to tens of thousands of students across the District every day....

... Read More Here.


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  • Willie Brewer
    commented 2020-07-16 22:23:37 -0400
    Dear Mayor Muriel Bowser,

    Please help us protect our communities by not open schools at this time. We must protect our students, teachers, support staff, health care workers, administrators, and surrounding communities.
  • Jean Aranas Mata
    commented 2020-07-16 17:32:19 -0400
    I’m willing to return in person to perform my professional duty only when it’s safe for myself and my students.
  • @WTUTeacher tweeted this page. 2020-07-16 13:37:09 -0400
    Statement - ReOpen Schools #OnlyWhenItsSafe The WTU joined by more than 4,000 educators and District residents, released a statement following the Mayor's Press Conference today. President Davis also added her thoughts. Read more:

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