Weingarten said 76 percent of her union members surveyed said in June that they were comfortable returning to school buildings with “proper safeguards” before the virus began to spread faster in the United States and President Donald Trump and Education Minister Betsy DeVos. “reckless” overt or even “threats.”
“Now they are angry and afraid,” Weingarten said. “Many people give up, retire or write their wills. Parents are also afraid and angry.”
Key context: The group, the second-largest union representing teachers in the United States, passed a resolution this month stating that schools can only open in places where the average daily coronavirus infection rate is below 5 percent and the transmission rate is below 1. percent. This resolution denies “dangerous and unfriendly plans” from state and local authorities “or improper implementation of plans.”
The union said schools could only open if staff at high risk of serious health problems or death from a Covid-19 contract had access to special facilities or facilities in the workplace and local authorities planned to close schools. if the infection is caused. The union also demands that schools apply safeguards for classrooms, including rules for physical retardation and facial coverage, and provide resources for sanitation and “necessary upgrades to ventilation and building systems.”
What’s next: Republicans in the Senate want to allocate billions in aid to schools that open their campuses for personal instruction, a condition that has drawn criticism from a growing number of supporters and Democrats. Now work stops are on the table.
Anthony Foci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, is expected to discuss concerns about opening schools when he sits with Weingarten at AFT City Hall.