Louisiana educators have questions about reopening schools

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NEW ORLEANS, La. (WDSU) — The Louisiana Association of Educators recently surveyed teachers across the state.

Its findings show that many teachers have questions about the potential reopening of schools in the fall amid the coronavirus outbreak.

That poll comes as USA Today released the results of its own survey, which revealed one in five teachers might not return to the classroom for the 20-21 school year.

“Schools must accommodate certain health issues or safety concerns for the students,” said D’Shay Oaks, vice president of the LAE. “Those are all issues as a school and a school building that teachers, educators, support personnel, all the district superintendents will have to deal with.”

The USA Today poll found that 87% of teachers believe it likely will be difficult to enforce social distancing guidelines in schools.

Oaks said there is a similar concern in Louisiana.

“Even parents are concerned,” said Oaks. “I’m hearing it from parents, ‘How are you going to keep my student safe?'”

LAE found that about 90% of Louisiana teachers have done distance learning, but teachers in rural communities worry about a lack of access to the Internet.

“We have a lot of problems getting the information to the kids,” said Oaks.

But when asked if children can get a quality education at home, Tia Mills, the president of LAE, said yes.

“They’re going to ensure that the rigor and the relevance is still there and that all aspects of student targets are going to be met in order to get through to the needs of those students,” said Mills.

Mills asked people to encourage their representatives to support the Heroes Act, which would provide relief funding to schools struggling during the coronavirus pandemic.

By: Morgan Lentes

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