U.S. Teachers Protest School Reopenings

by davidscott

Samuel Case, FISM News

 

Teachers at dozens of school districts protested from their cars on Monday over plans by some U.S. governors to resume in-class instruction during the coronavirus pandemic, while Arizona, Florida, California, and Texas saw declines in new cases.

The teachers, who painted messages on their cars and formed caravans with other school employees, want instruction conducted online until testing shows that classrooms are safe and districts hire more nurses and counselors.

The Milwaukee Teachers’ Education Association posted pictures on Twitter of protesters making cardboard gravestones with messages such as “Here lies a third-grade student from Green Bay who caught COVID at school” and “RIP Grandma caught COVID helping grandkids with homework.”

Teachers in Chicago, Milwaukee, and Philadelphia honked their horns in-car protests. Demonstrators rallied outside the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce building, and in Connecticut, about 400 formed a car march that passed Governor Ned Lamont’s home.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the U.S. government’s top infectious disease expert, said in an interview with the Journal of the American Medical Association on Monday that states with spiraling case numbers should consider re-imposing lockdown restrictions on residents and businesses.

But Fauci told a news conference with Connecticut’s Lamont that he favored getting students back in class, citing negative psychological impacts of keeping them home as well as the role schools play in feeding children.

 

Sourced from Reuters American Wire, edited for brevity

 

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