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Mayor’s Advisers Say D.C. Schools Shouldn’t Fully Reopen Without Vaccine or Cure

Students in the nation’s capital should not return to full, in-person learning until there is a reliable vaccine or cure for the novel coronavirus, according to recommendations released Thursday by a group of advisers appointed by D.C. Mayor Muriel E. Bowser.

The report by Bowser’s ReOpen DC Advisory Group divides the city’s reopening into four phases, with the fourth phase triggered when there is a vaccine or cure. It recommends that before that, students should return to campuses on modified schedules, switching between in-person and distance learning depending on the day. Even if schools can accommodate them, families should not be required to send their children to school buildings — and will have the option of distance learning — if they feel unsafe.

The mayor’s administration has said that these recommendations would influence how she reopens the city, but she is not bound to adopt them. She is expected to announce more concrete education plans for summer and the beginning of the next academic year at a news conference Friday.

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