Baton Rouge teachers protest over safety concerns once virtual learning ends

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BATON ROUGE, La. (LOCAL 33/FOX 44) – Members of the East Baton Rouge Parish Association of Educators demonstrated to raise awareness about employees’ concerns over in-person instruction amid the pandemic.

Incoming Superintendent Leslie Brown is moving forward with what we first reported yesterday. Students will start the school year with virtual learning until Labor Day. 

Brown said the decision is in response to parent and teacher feedback and the the increase of COVID-19 cases in the state.

Students will stay with their assigned schools. Right now, the district said there are enough devices for all of its 41-thousand students. Schools will pick a day and time for parents to pick them up. 

Although the school year is starting virtually, teachers are still concerned about their safety and the safety of their students after Labor Day. 

“We’re not only concerned about the safety ourselves, but what about our babies in Pre-K to 2nd grade? We’re seeing more information now that they’re attracting COVID. So with that being said, our babies need to see us talk, to hear the language without a mask, because that’s how they learn,” said Anita Augustus, President of the East Baton Rouge Parish Association of Educators.

Virtual learning will last through Labor Day. Things can change before then and after depending on COVID-19 rates. 

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