Demand that Governor Greg Abbott Keep Texas schools closed

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Texas is experiencing a dangerous surge in Covid-19 cases.  The daily infection rate has reached 10,000 new cases, the positive rate has reached 14%, and we have set a new single day record in deaths.  Our hospitals are nearing capacity and doctors are having to make the difficult decision of who to give life saving treatments to. Yet for some reason, Greg Abbott and the TEA want to reopen in-person schools this Fall.  While some parents will have a choice to keep students in remote learning, teachers, nurses, custodians, and admin do not have that option.  This is a dangerous and irresponsible mandate and we demand that Greg Abbott and the TEA reverse this decision immediately. 

We cannot and will not experiment with the lives of our students and teachers.  If a restaurant at full capacity is not safe, then how could a classroom with no windows in a building with a population of up to 3,000 be safe? The answer is simple.  It can not be safe.  We must continue fully funded distance learning while it is too dangerous to gather in large groups.  Governor Abbott, the people of Texas will not stand by as you put our lives at risk.  Shut down in-person classes and keep them closed until you have contained the spread of this deadly virus.   Giving schools the option to stay closed is not good enough.  You must mandate that they stay closed.  

Anyone who wants to go the extra step in protecting students, faculty, and staff can also write Abbott directly here.  If you have time, sign the petition and drop him a note.

https://gov.texas.gov/apps/contact/opinion.aspx?fbclid=IwAR10XOo6p6sYQ5RstkIpryYnJXXM2NyDfoLKQDuIjrOlJtnMSvlMh2I5OfM

Please be kind, honest, and specific.  Thank you for your support! 

                   -Texas Teachers United Against Reopening Schools