‘Lives of children are at stake’: NSEA addresses the Governor on schools reopening
They assert reopening schools too early is 'putting livelihood before lives' and will 'backfire'.
Tuesday, the Nebraska State Education Association (NSEA) sent a letter addressing Governor Pete Ricketts about reopening schools amid the coronavirus pandemic. Saying “teachers across the state are eager to reconnect with their students. Yet, if we cannot do so with the appropriate health measures in place and enforced, the lives of students and all school staff are at risk.”
NSEA continued to write that reopening schools too early is ‘putting livelihood before lives’ and will ‘backfire’.
In addition, they state his lack of support for a mask mandate is ‘irresponsible and a dereliction of duty’:
Sadly, the only mandate we are receiving from you and the U.S Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos is to ‘open our schools’.Governor, schools in areas with high levels of Covid-19 community spread should not be compelled to reopen against the judgment of local experts. Our schools need your support in this. How can it be safe for those schools to reopen with lower thresholds of safety than we currently have for restaurants or hair salons?
The NSEA then detailed the work they have done during the pandemic, from launching online classes to working with health officials to release school reopening guidelines.
“We will continue to do our part. We are asking that you, as our Governor, do your part,” said the NSEA. “The lives of children, educators – and those of the family members they come home to – are at stake”.