Support California Teachers' Choice During Distance Learning

Support California Teachers' Choice During Distance Learning

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Governor Newsom, State Superintendent Thurmond, and California Department of Public Health:

As you may know, teachers and teacher unions across the state are in negotiations with school districts regarding where teachers provide Distance Learning. Many districts require teachers to be on site in order to teach Distance Learning from their classrooms, which will increase their exposure to COVID-19, and will prohibit them from caring for their own children who, in some districts, are not allowed to be in the classroom.  


After negotiating with our local school district, it has come to our attention that we are not the only district or county encountering this requirement of teachers; watchlist counties up and down the state are attempting to force teachers into classrooms even if they feel their lives and their health are being put at risk. This is forcing some amazing teachers, some we know personally, to have to choose between their students and their families. No educator should have to make that choice when it’s possible to work from a home office.


We are calling on the Governor’s Office, California Department of Education and California Department of Public Health to allow teachers the choice to teach on campus or in the safety of their own homes. This would reduce the potential spread in communities that already are having an issue with COVID-19 transmission.


Below are the signatures of our supporters, statewide and nationally. We have asked them to comment their district name if they are required to teach Distance Learning from the school site. Many local governments are not taking the steps necessary to protect teachers and our kids. Please mandate that teachers are allowed to choose where Distance Learning takes place during this pandemic.


Sincerely,

Pierce Joint Unified Educators Association

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