WASHINGTON — More than a year ago, Washington, D.C., announced it was closing its schools in response to the burgeoning coronavirus pandemic. Lewis Ferebee, the chancellor, sent parents an email on March 11, 2020, laying out the schedule for the weeks to come.
Ferebee assured parents at the time that schools would resume operations in just a few weeks, on April 1. In a commonplace bureaucratic touch that reads today as especially haunting, he thanked recipients for their “patience, flexibility, and cooperation.”
A year later, that resumption of in-person instruction has yet to occur for the majority of students in the district.