Connecticut educators to state: Return to remote learning until safety standards are met
educators are calling on the state to enforce uniform COVID-19 safety standards
or return to remote learning.
Board of Education Union Coalition released a "Safe and Successful Schools
Now" report last month, which cited data about asymptomatic spread among
children and called for statewide school safety measures to be put in place.
signed by more than 14,000 people is calling for all schools to return
to distance learning until those standards can be met. Connecticut Education
President Jeff Leake says the state needs uniform standards for
transparency, testing and social distancing.
Gov. Ned Lamont suggested Thursday that he would crack down
on districts that don't toe the line.
"I called Miguel Cordona, our commissioner of education – and if there are
schools that maybe aren't taking the protocols as seriously, they are
now," he said.
The coalition's report also recommends a moratorium on staff
layoffs and annual standardized testing for the current school year.
local teachers unions in the Stratford and Amity school districts are
already engaging in "work to rule" protests. Those teachers are
refusing to take on any extra work until the districts return to hybrid or