DC teachers' union and school system still in conflict, even as students go back to class
by ABC7 Staff I Tuesday, February 2nd 2021
The principal of the Columbia Heights Education Campus gives a tour of the school before welcoming back students for in-person learning on Tuesday, February 2
WASHINGTON (ABC7) — D.C. Public Schools are welcoming back thousands of students and teachers for the first time since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic Tuesday, as Term 3 begins and school buildings reopen.
However, the D.C. Teacher's Union says they still have serious safety concerns.
Students were scheduled to return to class Monday, but those plans were delayed due to inclement weather.
"There is a wilful disconnect between DCPS central administration and the schools, where schools are left to fend for themselves in terms of the reopening measures," said Charrise Mohammed, Chair of the local school advisory team at McKinley Tech High School. "And now, to silence teachers. As a parent, this is deeply concerning and it is unacceptable."
Still, the Principal of the Columbia Heights Education Campus, Maria Tukeva, led members of the press on a tour of her school Tuesday morning, highlighting some of the safety measures DCPS has put in place to reopen schools safely before welcoming students.
On Monday, the D.C. Attorney General filed a motion for a temporary restraining order to prevent the Washington Teacher's Union from "engaging in a strike or work stoppage that would halt the District’s reopening of some schools for in-person learning on February 2, 2021."
According to the court document, the proposed restraining order is dated Feb. 1, 2021, and was submitted by D.C. Attorney General Karl Racine and Chief Counsel and Senior Advisor Nadine Wilburn.