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Distance Learning Plans for the 2019-20 School Year

Pursuant to 5-A DCMR §2100.3, OSSE allowed LEAs in the District of Columbia that have closed school buildings and moved to distance learning in response to coronavirus (COVID-19) to apply for waivers of requirements pertaining to the length of school year.

To receive an exemption from the requirement that the school year contain a minimum of 180, six-hour instructional days, LEAs submitted a distance learning implementation plan and instructional waiver application to OSSE.  

Applications were reviewed for completion and whether the distance learning implementation plan reasonably justified the LEA’s waiver request. OSSE’s review was not an evaluation on the quality of educational services provided through distance learning, and it does not satisfy any compliance monitoring with federal or local law.

LEAs were expected to implement their distance learning implementation plan consistent with their waiver request until their approved end date of school. These plans also helped to inform OSSE’s strategy in drafting the Guiding Principles for Continuous Education and other guidance pertaining to distance learning.

Related Content: Distance Learning Resources for LEAs and Families