We Need Safety First in our School

As the COVID-19 pandemic enters its second year, everyone wants to get back to normal life. Arguably the greatest markers of normalcy will be adults going back to the office and kids going back to their schools.

Recently the Montgomery County Public School (MCPS) announced a plan to reopen schools. The first small batch of students, teachers and staff returned to schools today. According to this plan, the remaining staff and students will be phased-in in batches between March 15 and April 26. The Montgomery County Education Association (MCEA) — ie: the teacher’s union — passed a resolution of no-confidence in this plan saying that it is irresponsible because it doesn’t include a robust contact tracing/testing program and will force some unvaccinated teachers back into school buildings. Importantly MCPS’s re-opening plan fails to meet the guidelines laid out by the CDC how to reopen schools safely.

I agree with MCEA’s position. My sister is an MCPS teacher. She has been unable to get vaccinated so far. There are many teachers/staff in the same position as her. I don’t want them to risk their health and the health of their family members due to an inadequate reopening plan. So last Tuesday, I joined a car-protest outside MCPS headquarters to express my concerns.

 

Please watch this short video I recorded while at the car-protest:

I urge MCPS to modify their reopening plan to comply with CDC guidelines and ensure that all adults are vaccinated before returning to school buildings.

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