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Fri Jul 31, 2020, 07:47 AM

'Teachers Fearing In-Person Schooling Make Wills, Retire or Plan Strikes.' Deadly Risks Worry

- 'Teachers fearing in-person schooling make wills, retire or plan strikes.' Educators, worried about the potentially deadly risks they are being forced to take, say proper protections have not been implemented. By Michael Sainato, The Guardian, July 31, 2020.

School districts around the US are set to begin reopening in August, many with in-person classes, five days a week, despite coronavirus cases rising in many parts of the country. But the school reopenings have teachers around the US fearful for the safety of themselves, students, staff and family members, with teachers and unions saying that proper protections and protocols have yet to be implemented.

Some teachers have even drawn up wills ahead of classes beginning, others have retired from the profession and teachers unions have said they will sanction strike action for members who deem that they are being forced to take potentially deadly risks. “Educators are afraid because proper policies are not being put in place to protect them,” said Alicia Priest, president of the Oklahoma Education Association. The Oklahoma state board of education has only issued guidelines for school districts, and voted down a proposal on 23 July to issue a mask mandate in schools across the state.

“The OEA offers members through our personal legal services program a free will. The requests for those free wills are up over 3,000% in the last few weeks,” Priest added. A report published by the Kaiser Family Foundation on 10 July found 1.47 million teachers in the US – some 24% of the profession – are at greater risk of serious illness if infected with coronavirus because they have conditions that make them vulnerable.

Yet Florida has issued an order mandating all schools must open in August in-person, five days a week. The Florida teachers union responded to the order with a lawsuit. “We are letting the community down by pretending we can open safely. The districts cannot do what is necessary according to CDC guidelines,” said Stacy Rene Kennett, a kindergarten teacher in Immokalee, Florida, who is expected to begin attending in-person training for school reopenings on 4 August...

More, https://www.theguardian.com/education/2020/jul/31/teachers-school-reopening-in-person-coronavirus

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Fri Jul 31, 2020, 08:34 AM

1. Everyone should have a will regardless

What a horrible position these teachers are in. They teach for the community and with little money and yet they have to decide on life or death. Ugh!

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Response to jimfields33 (Reply #1)

Fri Jul 31, 2020, 08:45 AM

2. This is not what any democracy or advanced nation does,

it's brutal and appalling. We need help, a major new administration to prevent the country from collapse.

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Sat Aug 1, 2020, 02:53 AM

3. Greenfield, Indiana

A student tested positive on the first day of school.

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