D.C. Mayor announces that schools will remain open in the upcoming year

Washington, DC, Mayor Muriel Bowser has announced that the city will be working together to keep classrooms open.”

Students and families can “expect … situational virtual learning throughout the semester, especially in the coming weeks.”

According to Breitbart News, the mayor of the nation’s capital tweeted her news saying that “The best place for students to learn is in the classroom.”

The publication reported that the announcement was part of a coronavirus “situational update,” where she detailed that staff and students must test negative in order to come back to school. 

“If your child tests negative,” the policy reads, and “are showing any symptoms and/or they are required to quarantine because they are unvaccinated and have been identified as a close contact to an individual who tested positive for COVID-19, keep your student at home, regardless of their test result.”

This prompted a response from Rep. Chip Roy (R-TX) who called for Congress to take control of the way the city was being governed: 

“You are destroying children. Under the Constitution – you answer to Congress. It’s time for Congress to take over DC – open schools, open restaurants & businesses, clean up jails, enforce the laws, & end the crazy.”

This came on the heels of Breitbart News report that virtual learning caused social and educational development delays and a huge spoke in mental health abnormalities of school-aged children. 

Nationwide, schools have repotted increased violence and behavioral problems as well as developmental stunting due to the pandemic shutdowns, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Several brawls were reported in Lousiana schools “after two boys exchanged words,” the Journal reported and began a physical altercation. Soon, “dozens of other students joined and they all fell into a heap, kicking and punching until teachers pulled them apart.”

The Journal reported in August that other fights have broken out after children began to socialize again following lockdowns. 

The chief executive of a Boys & Girls Club in Los Angeles saw the pandemic lockdowns “wreak havoc on the mental health” of the children at his club.The executive called them “Covid-19 mental-health scars,” talking about the details of what impact the unexpected lockdowns have had on children in adolescent and preadolescent times of life. 

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