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Concerned parents, teachers urge Leon County School Board not to re-open schools

Caravan protest held at LCS' Aqualina Howell Building
Posted at 6:15 PM, Aug 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-04 18:15:18-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — Concerned parents and teachers rallied in front of Leon County Schools Aqualina Howell Building in a caravan protest to urge the school board not to re-open school this fall.

Those parents and teachers say they don't feel like enough has been done to promise COVID-19 won't spread.

Tallahassee Community Action Committee, Leon For a Safe Return to Campus, and Graduate Assistants United FSU are asking board members to make school virtual for the first nine weeks of the semester.

Speakers say recent deaths at Fort Braden Elementary and no signs of the community spread slowing down are scaring them.

They brought signs, chants, and speeches directly to the building where school board members are meeting Tuesday night.

"What we're trying to do here is an experiment that has not been done," said Isabel Ruano, an LCS parent and member of Tallahassee Community Action Committee. "I don't want our children and the community to be guinea pigs of the experiment. I don't want any more deaths."

Those protesters are also asking for more sanitation equipment, better social distancing requirements, and healthcare options for students and teachers after the nine-week period has ended.

The protesters say they'll continue their fight to push back the start of school. Right now, schools in Leon County are scheduled to open on Aug. 31.