(CNN) — The White House is declaring teachers essential workers.
That designation subjects them to the same kinds of advisories as people like doctors and law enforcement officials.
It was likely done in an attempt to keep schools open because critical workers may continue working even after exposure to a confirmed COVID-19 case, so long as they are not showing symptoms.
The American Federation of Teachers says the designation could be used to bully educators.
The union's president says teachers have always been essential but questioned why the White House doesn't commit resources to help keep them safe.
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