August 3, 2020

Teachers across U.S. protest plans to reopen schools as coronavirus cases surge

Teachers across the US protest plans to reopen schools as coronavirus cases surge

Teachers and staff at more than 35 school districts across the United States on Monday staged protests over plans to reopen schools while Coronavirus is surging in many parts of the country.

The protesters, who formed car caravans and attached signs and painted messages on their vehicles, demand schools hold off on August and September school resumptions until scientific data supports such a move.

They want districts to wait until safety protocols such as lower class sizes and COVID-19 testing are established, and schools are staffed with an adequate number of counselors and nurses, according to a website set up for the demonstrations.

On Twitter, the Milwaukee Teachers’ Education Association showed protesters making fake gravestones that said, Here lies a third-grade student from Green Bay who caught COVID at school and RIP Grandma caught COVID helping grandkids with homework.

Teachers and staff at more than 35 school districts across the United States on Monday staged protests over plans to reopen schools while Coronavirus


Deaths in the United States rose for a 4th week in a row to more than 8,500 people in the seven days ended August 2, while the number of new cases fell for a second straight week, a Reuters analysis found.

More than 155,000 people have died of Coronavirus related illnesses in the United States, the most in the world.

Cases rose week-over-week in 20 states, including in Missouri, Montana and Oklahoma.

Teachers also are demanding financial help for parents in need, including rent and mortgage assistance, a moratorium on evictions and foreclosures, and cash assistance.

Many of these issues are at the centre of a political tussle in Washington, where Democrats in Congress and Trump administration officials held talks on Monday and will resume on Tuesday to hammer out a COVID-19 economic relief bill after missing a deadline to extend benefits to tens of millions of jobless Americans.

Teachers and staff at more than 35 school districts across the United States on Monday staged protests over plans to reopen schools while Coronavirus


Education employees in Chicago, Milwaukee, and Philadelphia honked their horns in socially distanced car protests.

Protesters rallied outside the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce building and in the Hartford, Connecticut, area, about 400 formed a car march that went by Governor Ned Lamont’s home.

I do not want to put my students or myself in harm’s way. I do not want to be an experiment, Andrea Parker, an elementary school teacher in Chicago, told reporters before a car protest.

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