DC Council Passes Emergency Law Enhancing Virtual Learning – NBC4 Washington

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The DC council passed an emergency law on Tuesday that extends the virtual learning option in schools – a plan that Mayor Muriel Bowser pushed back because it runs counter to student interests.

Since the beginning of the full-time personal tuition school year, nearly 200 DC Public Schools employees and more than 500 students tested positive for COVID-19, which resulted in more than 1,000 students and teachers being quarantined.

The DC Council has decided to offer a virtual option to any student who is either at high risk or living with someone who is at high risk for COVID-19.

Bowser sent a letter to the council saying she was worried and upset about the proposal.

Deputy Mayor of Education Paul Kihn said the legislation is counter to science, will disrupt schools very much and cause very high costs.

“No school is able to provide a number of additional places for virtual students without hiring more teachers, without revising their curriculum, without adding more equipment,” he said.

Before the council passed the law, students had to ask a doctor who thought virtual learning was necessary. Now the doctor just has to say that the student is recommended to take distance learning.

Since this is emergency legislation, it will go into effect in 10 days, with or without Bowser’s approval. Then it is up to the Bowser administration to implement it.

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