Quality education is essential and provides the foundation for equity in society.
I will work to ensure that the DC Re-Open Strong program adequately:
- Takes into account the health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff;
- Provides consistency and predictability in school scheduling;
- Allows for family choice of in-person and/or virtual learning;
- Meets the needs of children with special needs; and
- Ensures equal access to children of all economic backgrounds.
Our community must make sure that we have planned adequately for the safe return of our students, teachers, and staff.
Issues that we need to address include:
- Whether Lafayette, Deal, and Wilson have enough money for safety supplies (masks, sanitizer);
- Whether there are adequate staff resources and sufficient space for smaller classes and social distancing;
- Whether schools have sufficient resources to support children who may need to make-up for educational time lost during the pandemic; and
- Whether safe transportation to and from school is available to our children, teachers, and staff.
I support DCPS’s commitment to equity in our schools. As an ANC commissioner, I will support equity training for all teachers and administrators at Lafayette, Deal, and Wilson. We also must review school policies that could present barriers to academic and social success.
Finally, we need to address overcrowding at Lafayette, which is at 110% of capacity through 2025, with limited ways to grow physically. We need to engage with multiple stakeholders – including Ward 3 and Ward 4 Councilmembers’ offices, DCPS, the District of Columbia State Board of Education, the Washington Teachers Union, and the Ward 3/4-Wilson Feeder Education Network – to develop an effective plan that will reduce overcrowding and maintain the high level of education that we are accustomed to in Chevy Chase. At the same time, we need to ensure equal access to education and opportunity for all.