Teachers unions across US demand stop to in-person learning amid rising coronavirus cases

Teachers unions across US demand stop to in-person learning amid rising coronavirus cases

Teachersunions across America are calling for the halt of in-person learning as coronavirus cases climb once again.

Although some state governments have relaxed health restrictions, allowing schools to reopen their doors with precautionary measures in place, the success of a classroom setting amidst the pandemic has been a mixed bag.

在八月, a Georgia school district was forced to quarantine nearly 1,200 students and staff members after a second-grader tested positive on the first day of instruction.

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佐治亚州, led by 共和党人 政府. 布莱恩·坎普, was one of the states with the least regulationit opened bowling alleys and barbershops in April against the direction of experts leading the 白色的房子 Coronavirus Task Force.

然而, 纽约市 – which took the brunt of the blow in March – had cases plateau, prompting 民主的 Mayor Bill de Blasio to declare victory in October.

We did it, 纽约市,” 他说 on the city’s thirdfirst dayof school.

The mayor’s jubilant announcement came following multiple delays in the process.

A month later, 前者 2020 presidential candidate has had to reverse course. He warned 父母 last week that schools would likely shutter again if the city’s positivity rate exceeded 3%.

The announcement on Monday came even after recent studies showed little to link the relationship between K-12 schooling and the spread of the virus.

不过, heart rates rise as cases do and teachers and staff members – older and perhaps with comorbidities – have cause for concern.

The United States lays claim to over a fifth of the world’s coronavirus cases and has seen the most deaths, 根据 data from Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center.

With more than 150,000 new cases daily, states like 加利福尼亚州, 密西根州, Washington State, 和 俄勒冈州 have moved to revoke privileges like indoor dining and gatherings.

A kindergarten class socially distances while preparing to leave their classroom at Stark Elementary School on Oct. 21, 2020 in Stamford, Conn. Stamford Public Schools is continuing the fall semester with a hybrid model of in-class and distance learning, occasionally quarantining individual classes when a student or faculty member tests positive for COVID-19. (John Moore/Getty Images)

A kindergarten class socially distances while preparing to leave their classroom at Stark Elementary School on Oct. 21, 2020 in Stamford, Conn. Stamford Public Schools is continuing the fall semester with a hybrid model of in-class and distance learning, occasionally quarantining individual classes when a student or faculty member tests positive for COVID-19. (John Moore/Getty Images)

Experts warn that another 100,000 至 200,000 Americans could die from the virus over the next few months if significant action is not taken, The New York Times reported Monday.

Philadelphia’s Democratic Mayor Jim Kenney introduced new coronavirus-related rules 以及, telling his residents that the city does nottake any of this lightly.

“相信我, more than anything in the world, I wish none of this was necessary,” 他说.

The Pennsylvania State Education Association (PSEA) — which represents around 180,000 educatorsis urging school districts to comply with Kenney’s restrictions, requesting that any district within a county experiencing substantial COVID-19-spread transition to solely remote instruction.

More than half of Pennsylvania’s 67 counties fall into that jurisdiction, state data 表演.

The state departments of Health and Education developed these guidelines based on good science and what the infection rates are in a school’s community,” PSEA President Rich Askey said Wednesday in a statement. “We must follow these guidelines to the letter. It’s the best way for us to slow the spread of this virus and keep our students, staff and their 家庭 safe.

罗德岛 teacher unions are asking The Plantation State’s leadership for aholiday pause,” moving to distanced learning from an already hybrid model by next week.

“Viral caseloads coupled with a lag in contact tracing, staffing shortages due to quarantines, and the arrival of colder weather negatively impact health, safety, and instruction,” the National Education Association Rhode Island and Rhode Island Federation of Teachers and Health Professionals wrote in a statement. “The organizations agree a temporary move to statewide distance learning is a common-sense critical step in driving down incidence rates.

Teachers in Chicago’s Marquardt School District 15 urged Tuesday for animmediate switch to remote learningafter Democratic Mayor Lori Lightfoot issued a stay-at-home advisory effective Monday, 的 Chicago Tribune 已报告.

维吉尼亚州, Fairfax County Public Schools Superintendent Scott Brabrand announced that cases in the area have exceeded “the threshold to expand our in-person learningand that plans to return thousands of students to classrooms would be suspended.

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The move comes as Northern Virginia teachers’ associations representing 12,000 雇员 sent a letter民主政府. Ralph Northam saying that the state should return to Phase 2 of their reopening plan — limiting in-person instruction.

“It continues to be clear that Northern Virginia is past the point of safe metrics for in-person learning in our school buildings,” the unions wrote, according to The Washington Post. “Everyone, including educators, wants our schools to be back to normal, but by opening when it’s not safe to do so, we increase the likelihood that normal will never come.”

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