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Testimony: Return to In-Person Instruction in DC Public Schools

October 23, 2020

Children’s Law Center Policy Director Sharra E. Greer testified before the DC Council’s Committee of the Whole and Committee on Education to stress the need for DCPS’s school reopening plans to prioritize students with the highest needs. Some students, particularly students with disabilities as well as students experiencing homelessness and other students with high needs, are facing very substantial learning loss because their needs cannot be met outside the classroom. DCPS’s previously announced plan to reopen elementary schools appropriately gave priority to these students for in-person learning. But DCPS needs to do a better job at explaining the details of its plan, addressing the specific needs of students with disabilities and ensuring the reopening of schools is safe for students, staff and DC families.

Read her full testimony here: