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Mayor Bowser Says School Year in US Capital to End on 29 May

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A worker disinfects the front doors of the School Without Walls High School in Washington - Sputnik International
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WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - Washington, DC Mayor Muriel Bowser announced during a press briefing on Friday that the academic year in the US capital will end on 29 May, three weeks ahead of schedule, and that distance learning will continue until that date due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
"For public schools and public charter schools, distance learning at home will throughout the 2019-2020 school year", Bowser told reporters. "We will close our school year early, on 29 May".

Bowser also said the local authorities will determine the issue of whether to organize summer schools and when the next academic year will begin.

"We will be able to say more about what is going to happen by 15 May", Bowser said.

As of Friday, the Washington, DC authorities reported 2,476 COVID-19 cases and 86 fatalities.

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