Betsy DeVos: Don't open schools until it's safe for our children

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President Trump is pushing to reopen schools even when the country is lacking in adequate COVID-19 testing, tracing capabilities, and adequate personal protective equipment. We demand that U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos does not open schools until it is safe, and she ensures schools have the necessary resources they are pleading for.

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has not released any plan addressing these concerns and the challenges facing our schools. Instead, she’s indicated that local leaders will have to go at it alone, scrambling to take care of themselves. This kind of apathy will lead to sick students, teachers, administrators, and families.

We need the federal government to keep schools closed and protect students until there is a scientifically backed plan in place. Just a few weeks ago, a child in Detroit, Michigan died from COVID-19, showing children might be at a higher risk of complications from the disease than previously thought. We demand the following:

1. The Department of Education must provide a plan for educators and administrators to prevent, address, and mitigate any COVID-19 outbreaks

2. The Department of Education must provide schools with resources to address any outbreaks, including PPE and test-and-trace capabilities

Right now, there is no plan in place. America’s students deserve a government that will protect them while they are in school. Our students, teachers, and parents deserve better from Education Secretary DeVos. Sign this petition to demand a plan.