Start all ALSDE schools virtually

Start all ALSDE schools virtually

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Jennifer Crawford started this petition to Jackie Ziegler and

As educators in Alabama, we come to you pleading that you delay face-to-face instruction. Beginning school virtually is the only reasonable choice in protecting our lives as well as our students and families. We give our all to our students every day, but we should not be forced to risk our lives as well. We have years of experience in knowing that our safety, well-being, and livelihood are not important to the men and women making decisions that affect our lives. On any given day, we see hundreds to thousands of students; there is no possible way to distance in ANY Alabama public school. The hand sanitizer that was purchased would not even give every school in this state 1 gallon. We are not medical professionals, but we know we will be used as such once school begins. We also know that given the rules for quarantining upon exposure, we will have thousands of classrooms daily without teachers. There is already a large teacher and sub shortage. Who would willingly cover our classes knowing that someone was infected? Who all will quarantine when one infected student has 7 teachers a day? You have to see the illogical concepts in these plans.

The plans that you have entrusted your local districts to implement will not work. They also did not consider educators or even ask for our input. Parents across the state were given the choice to decide what to do for their student. However, educators whose very lives are on the line, were not given a choice or even a voice in these decisions. As the state school board, YOU hold the power to protect us. As it stands, thousands of teachers do not feel comfortable returning to a traditional setting. We invite you to join our Facebook group: Alabama Teachers Against Covid-19 to see our concerns. Please provide this state with what is the safest option: choose virtual! 

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