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Teachers' union uneasy about return to in-person learning

Posted at 5:47 PM, Sep 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-05 00:40:48-04

The president of the Corpus Christi branch of the American Federation of Teachers continues to express concern about the CCISD's plan to re-open campuses Sept. 8.

In a Facebook post Friday, the organization stated the school district's buildings are not safe, personal protective equipment is being distributed disproportionately to schools, and teachers with bathrooms in their classrooms are being asked to spray the toilet seat and handle after every use with disinfectant.

Corpus Christi American Federation of Teachers President Nancy Vera said sending kids back into physical classrooms is a mistake.

“If you want a good education for the children, you protect the teachers first, and you make sure they're OK," she said. "Instead of them being traumatized as they are now."

KRIS 6 News reached out to CCISD regarding these concerns and they sent a statement.

Part of it reads:

"In consultation with local and state authorities, as well as other texas school districts, Corpus Christi ISD worked throughout the spring and summer to create a comprehensive reopening plan. the plan includes CDC guidelines as well as industry standards for cleaning supplies."

Vera also said that the county tends to see a spike in cases after holidays, and sending students back to school after Labor Day could be dangerous.

“There is a concern that, just like in Memorial Day, there is going to be a spike in COVID diagnoses," she said. "I don't anticipate that this is going to be a positive thing for this community at large.”

CCISD said it respects the decision some employees have made about returning to school, and that it is committed to ensuring the safety of its students, staff, and teachers.