Teachers unions pushing for all virtual learning in EBR schools in August

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BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – Teachers unions say East Baton Rouge Parish teachers and students are not ready to be back in buildings when school starts in August.

Angela Reams-Brown, the President of the East Baton Rouge Federation of Teachers said the federation along with the Louisiana Association of Educators agree that all students should be taught virtually for the month of August.

“That would allow our district to put some more time into planning a hybrid model that would include face to face and virtual learning for those students who are deemed necessary to come back to the school,” said Reams-Brown.

Last week, East Baton Rouge Parish school leaders laid out a plan to reopen schools. Parents can choose a virtual learning model or hybrid. The hybrid plan will have students whose last names start with A-K at school on Mondays and Tuesdays. No students will be there on Wednesdays because that’s a deep clean day. Thursdays and Fridays are virtual learning days. The week is opposite for students with the last name L through Z.

Courtesy. EBR Parish School

“We did was ask our building level team to actually reach out to their parents with a personal phone call to determine what their intent was with either a virtual or hybrid face to face model,” said Adam Smith, Associate Superintendent for East Baton Rouge Parish Schools.

There is also concern about water fountains, students on buses, and recess.

“Teachers are ready to get back to work. They miss the kids as much as the kids miss them, but they also want to live,” explained Reams-Brown.

Both teachers unions are asking members to meet Wednesday for a silent protest. They plan to meet at 3:45p.m. at the East Baton Rouge Parish School Board building.

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