St. Louis teachers protest reopening plans

About 200 teachers and supporters gathered outside St. Louis Public Schools’ headquarters to protest on Monday. They were there to protest reopening plans, joining a national call to further postpone in-person instruction, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

The district is expected to announce the official reopening plan Tuesday.

A survey of families in the district showed that 68% wanted to return to school, but no survey was done of teachers. The teachers expressed that though children aren’t high risk for the virus, some teachers are staff are.

Teachers have requested that every school be staffed with a nurse and that class sizes are capped at 10.

“We can’t go back unless we’re promised the supplies we’ll need to keep our kids clean and safe,” Danielle Phelps, an English as a second language teacher at Buder Elementary told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Though many may want to return to school, the protesters expressed that they were unsure schools were prepared to truly protect students and staff.

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