Texas Teachers Oppose Governor's Order To Open Schools On June 1

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By NewsRadio 1080 KRLD

AUSTIN (1080 KRLD) - The Texas State Teachers Association (TSTA) opposes Governor Abbott’s executive order allowing for Texas public schools to open on June 1 for summer school.

TSTA’s Clay Robison says it’s too early to reopen school buildings for summer school classes and teachers demand that the state and local school districts agree to enforce a detailed list of safety requirements for school campuses before reopening buildings to students and school employees.

“With the COVID-19 pandemic continuing to rage across Texas, the health and safety of students, educators and our communities need to remain our first priority,” said TSTA President Noel Candelaria. “The pandemic has struck in the vast majority of Texas’ 254 counties, and more than 1,200 new cases were reported yesterday. Fourteen people died of COVID-19 in Dallas County alone, a daily high for Dallas.”

“By rushing to allow school buildings to reopen on June 1, less than six weeks from now, Gov. Abbott is creating an illusion that the worst of this health crisis is behind us. It is not. People are still getting sick and dying in large numbers, and reopening school buildings too soon will increase the peril,” Candelaria added.

TSTA has developed a list of safety requirements it believes the state should require of school districts before they are allowed to reopen their campuses. The requirements include adequate supplies of protective gear to be provided for everyone in every school work place, strict enforcement of social distancing and sanitation practices.