Teachers Deserve Better - Fall 2020

Teachers Deserve Better - Fall 2020

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Aryn Denette started this petition to Governor Asa Hutchinson

All eyes are on the upcoming school year, especially the fall of 2020. COVID-19 cases continue to rise rapidly in Arkansas and the trend does not suggest those numbers will decrease any time soon. School meetings and Professional Development are being held virtually because it is not safe to meet in large groups. 

And yet we expect our teachers and school staff to show up to their campuses in August. In many counties, the students have been given the choice to continue education online or to return to campus. Our teachers and staff should be given a choice, as well. 

School districts are underfunded and unprepared for this pandemic. Many are not able to supply PPE and have limited access to cleaning supplies.
School buildings are already crowded. How will social distancing be done in these crowded classrooms and hallways?
Teachers and staff are underpaid and overworked as it is.
Student learning will suffer regardless of how school is implemented this year. So shouldn’t we take into consideration the safety and well-being of our teachers and school staff?  

If the state continues to push the reopening of schools in the fall of 2020, exposure to COVID-19 is inevitable. Many teachers and staff do not feel safe returning to school, especially those who are at high risk or who have family members at high risk. Their lives are at stake. Their voices are not being heard. In fact, teachers and staff are not even being asked what they think should happen in the fall! Once again, the state has ignored our teachers, the very people who will be carrying the load of the work.

We demand that
1.) Classroom teachers be included in the discussions about and the final decision on the return to school in the fall. 
2.) Teachers and staff be given the option to return to school campuses or to teach/work from home. If our students are given the option, so should our teachers! 
3.) The state pay for and provide teachers/staff who do return to school with proper PPE (masks, face shields, etc) and cleaning supplies (disinfectant, hand sanitizer, routine deep-cleaning of the campus, etc). 

Enough is enough. Our teachers and staff sacrifice plenty as it is. Let’s give them a better choice for the fall of 2020!  

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