Some DC public schools students returning for in-person education this week

Some D.C. students at select schools will return to the classroom for in-person education this week and throughout October, District officials announced on Monday.

READ MORE: DC Public Schools may move forward with in-person instruction soon

Schools in the nation's capital - and throughout the DMV - shut down in-person instruction last school year in an effort to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus.

Officials said the students would be returning in “small groups.”

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Students at Ballou STAY are returning today for cosmetology and barber classes.

Last week, officials announced that students would be returning to schools by Nov. 9 – and that students in about 12 schools could return even sooner.

READ MORE: DC officials delay school decision based on new COVID-19 data

The Washington Teachers’ Union leadership has expressed concerns about returning to the classroom – even by Nov. 9.

Last week, Washington Teachers' Union President Elizabeth A. Davis, told FOX 5 emphatically, “I’m sorry. As a teacher of 40 years in this school district, I do not feel confident that we should open on November 9. Not at this time.”

In-person instruction is permitted under the District’s Phase 2 reopening guidelines.

In July, the District delayed announcing a return to the classroom.

Other school districts in the District, Maryland and Virginia have adopted virtual learning plans, and delayed in-person instruction.

Fairfax County Public Schools have announced that they will return to in-person instruction in October.