Ferebee announces growing list of DC schools going virtual amid COVID surge

Five more schools in the District will transition to virtual learning for the rest of 2021.

Students at Beers Elementary School, Boone Elementary School, Miner Elementary School, Stuart-Hobson Middle School, and Takoma Elementary School will attend classes virtually on Tuesday and Wednesday.

District education officials acknowledged that all listed schools will be closed until Dec. 22 for deep cleaning.

D.C. Public Schools Chancellor Lewis Ferebee said the change was caused by a recent spike in COVID-19 cases at the schools.

Yesterday, officials announced three other public schools transitioned to virtual learning ahead of the holiday break. Those three schools — McKinley Tech High School, Turner Elementary School and Bard High School Early College DC — started their virtual learning on Monday.

“Multiple positive cases of COVID-19 at school were reported in recent days that impacted operations,” Ferebee said, “resulting in the temporary shift to virtual instruction through Dec. 22.”

This followed a message on Thursday recognizing the impact of increased positive COVID cases. In that message, Ferebee said that DCPS will continue implementing health and safety measures, including social distancing and masking.

Editor’s Note: This story has been corrected to reflect that closure occurred before the end of 2021. The semester end date for DCPS is Jan. 25.

Ivy Lyons

Ivy Lyons is a digital journalist for WTOP.com. Since 2018, they have worked on Capitol Hill, at NBC News in Washington, and with WJLA in Washington.

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