Only When It s Safe

Only When It s Safe

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                                                                                    Keith Benson, President                 

840 Cooper Street * Suite 106 * Camden, New Jersey 08102

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To: Governor Phil Murphy

Kevin Dehmer, Acting Secretary of NJ Department of Education

Senator Steve Sweeney, NJ Senate President

Assemblyman Craig Coughlin, Speaker of NJ General Assembly

Senator Nilsa Cruz-Perez, NJ 5th District

Assemblyman Bill Moen, NJ 5th District

Assemblyman Bill Spearman, NJ 5th District

Assemblywoman Pam Lampitt, Member of NJ General Assembly Education Committee

Senator Teresa Ruiz, Chair of NJ Senate Education Committee

Freeholder Director Lou Capelli, Camden County Board of Chosen Freeholders

Dr. Lovell Pugh-Bass, Interim Executive Camden County Superintendent

Katrina McCombs, Camden City School District State Superintendent

Mayor Frank Moran, Camden City

Members of the Camden County Board of Chosen Freeholders

Members of the Camden City School District Advisory Board

Members of the Camden City Council

We would like to thank Governor Murphy for measures his administration has taken to keep New Jersey healthy and safe. He has done so knowing that while many will be thankful for and appreciate his decisions, others will oppose those same dec

Camden City School educators and families have serious concerns and anxiety regarding the reopening of school buildings in September.  At least 60% of our Camden parents have already chosen to do remote learning.  Everyone agrees that we want to be back in school and believes that in-person learning is by far most effective.  However, families will not take that risk and one reason relates directly to the confusing messaging between the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the NJ Department of Education School Reopening plan.

For the last several weeks our members have been faithfully participating in reopening committees in our districts. We would like nothing more than to return to our classrooms and offices to educate our students in a safe environment. However, it is clear that the science supports that reopening school buildings this fall is unsafe for students and staff. The CDC’s guiding principles clearly state that the lowest risk of exposure to the virus for students and teachers is to engage in virtual-only classes, activities, and events. The next level of risk, they label “More Risk”: Small, in person classes, activities, and events. Groups of students stay together and with the same teacher throughout/across school days and groups do not mix. Students remain at least 6 feet apart and do not share objects. How much risk are we willing to take with our students and staff?

Therefore, the Camden Education Association cannot, in good faith, support the reopening of public schools for in person instruction in September. Simply put, despite the best intentions and planning, the risk to health and safety of our students and staff is too high.

isions. This leads us to the reopening of schools where opposition is loud and organized. As educators, we would like to share our  perspective and suggestions, which, hopefully, will provide clarity on the daunting task of safely reopening our schools. Know that educators, some

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