Teacher's union head warns schools open safely or not at all
Sep 15 2020
The teacher reported to work at I.S. 230 on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, the union said.
Michael Mulgrew, president of the NYC Teachers Union, said Thursday that the city isn't holding up its end of the deal when it comes to rapid results and that of COVID-19 doesn't improve the union is prepared to prevent schools from opening on September 21.
Teachers in Iowa, Missouri, Mississippi, Oklahoma and SC have lost their lives since early August while students began returning to schools.
The United States reopened schools across the country last month amid the raging pandemic.
Middle school teacher AshLee DeMarinis, 34, died on Sunday after three weeks in hospital after contracting Covid-19.
There have been teacher deaths in Missouri, South Carolina, and MS, and this is just in the weeks leading and during the start of this school year.
Bannister had taught at Windsor Elementary School for five years.
Judge Charles Dodson ruled that Florida education commissioner Richard Corcoran had "arbitrarily prioritised reopening schools statewide in August over safety and over the advice of health experts, and that all districts complied in order to avoid loss of state funding". The 28-year-old died three days later, according to CNN.
Recent teacher deaths also included two in MS, which also tallied 604 COVID-19 positive cases among teachers and staff. Tom Slade was one of the teachers who passed away.
Tom Slade, who taught History, was the other MS teacher who died due to COVID-19. And If you can't make that happen before the children come into schools, then we're not going to let you open these schools. Soon after teachers returned to begin preparing for the fall semester, she became ill.
As for the children these educators are teaching, around 500,000 kids have contracted the coronavirus since the start of the pandemic, according to a recent report from the American Academy of Pediatrics.