AEA calls on Ducey for statewide school safety plan

AEA calls on Ducey for statewide school safety plan
AEA writes letter to Gov. Ducey suggesting implementation of a statewide school safety plan for COVID-19. (Source: KOLD News 13)

TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) - On Aug. 21, 2020, The Arizona Education Association sent a letter to Gov. Ducey saying a statewide safety plan should be implemented to all schools in Arizona, in response to COVID-19.

The plan should mandate wearing masks on campus and inside buses.

They say notification strategies on COVID-19 cases at schools should also go into effect.

The AEA suggests that high-stake standardized testing for students should also cancel in all schools- and more flexibility on required instruction hours should be allowed.

“According to both state and county metrics designed by health experts, not a single Arizona school district is at ‘minimal’ risk. In the absence of a statewide plan, district leaders increasingly feel pressured to readmit thousands of educators and students back to school buildings across Arizona regardless of community.”

The AEA said a statewide plan must include targeted funding to address this dangerous situation as these shortages will only worsen once students and teachers are brought back.

For a full view of the AEA’s letter to the governor, click [HERE].

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