COVID-19 Cases in District Schools Surpass 2,000 – The Washington Informer – DC Initiative on Racial Equity
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At the beginning of December, figures from DC Health showed that COVID-19 cases reported in District schools — public, charter and private — during the school year surpassed 2,000 with the majority involving elementary school students.

In those environments, many teachers, like one who spoke with The Informer on the condition of anonymity, said they often struggle with following social distancing protocols and fulfilling the requirements of a job.

“So much of the rubric they use to evaluate us is based on communication with students [but] little kids often don’t speak loudly or clearly,” the second grade teacher said in reference to the IMPACT evaluation given to D.C. Public Schools (DCPS) teachers annually. “To have them three feet away with an air purifier that adds white noise makes it difficult to hear everyone.”

The veteran teacher, who

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