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Teachers rally at State Capitol over coronavirus concerns

Many school districts in Michigan have already moved to a fully-remote start to the school year, or have offered the option to parents.
Published: Aug. 6, 2020 at 6:32 PM EDT
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LANSING, Mich. (WJRT) -”I give it two weeks, no matter what the planning you’ve got, I give it two weeks and someone’s gonna die,” said Michigan teacher.

Teachers from across the state gathered on the lawn in front of the State Capitol on Thursday to voice concerns over returning to classrooms during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

“Only when it’s safe, only when it’s safe,” said a rally speaker.

The Michigan Caucus Of Rank-and-File Educators (MI CORE) is demanding that the state suspend in-person learning when schools start up again.

“My biggest concern is just equity across the districts and where some districts like mine are going remote and keeping our students safe. Some don’t have the means to do that, or they are going back with face to face , and they are not able to provide, the safety recommendations precautions that are outlined,” said Michigan teacher.

Many school districts in Michigan have already moved to a fully remote start to the school year, or have offered the option to parents.

“The phase that we are in, you are supposed to have 10 people in indoor places. I teach high school, I have 39 kids in a class. It’s just not going to happen,” said Michigan teacher.

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