BATON ROUGE, La (BRPROUD) – The president of the East Baton Rouge Federation of Teachers is pushing for all schools to require masks in the upcoming school year.
“I encourage everyone vaccinated or not vaccinated to wear a mask,” said the president of the East Baton Rouge Federation of Teachers Angela Brown.
She said some teachers are concerned about returning to the classroom because of the state’s low vaccination rate and the contagious delta variant.
“COVID was difficult, but there’s this variant that we’re told is 10 times more contagious than COVID was. That alone tells us that we need to do something different,” said Brown.
For more than 30 years, Brown has seen the benefits of face-to-face learning.
“You can look in their eyes and see when they understand something and when they don’t,” said Brown.
Because of that, she wants education leaders to make the tough call and not leave mask requirements up to local districts.
“Sometimes you have to think about what’s best for the whole as oppose to a few,” said Brown.
The Louisiana Department of Education does recommend three feet distance between students in the classroom, but Brown says that’s unrealistic.
“Classrooms at the older schools it’s not even possible. If you have 20-25 kids in that classroom, there’s no room for three to six feet distance,” said Brown.
To keep teachers safe, the federation will soon hold a workshop and provide safety materials.