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Florida Education Association examines impact of reopening order on teachers

Posted at 6:30 PM, Jul 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-08 18:30:16-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — Following Monday's order for schools across the state to reopen, the Florida Education Association is calling for more clarity on plans to keep teachers safe.

The Association's president, Fedrick Ingram, says while there have been many opportunities to engage parents in conversations about re-opening few have taken the time to consider teachers on the front lines.

"Of course you know that we have over 200,000 teachers in the state of Florida, and we're hearing everything from angst to anger to anxiety," said Ingram. "People want to know that there is a defined plan to follow CDC regulations. That means social distancing, hand-washing, ensuring that we have a clean school environment."

Ingram also expressed concern on behalf of teachers who may be elderly or more vulnerable, suggesting that they may need to be given extra gratis or alternate work assignments.

He says his organization will continue to look to Governor Ron Desantis and the Department of Education for the necessary grace, compassion, and flexibility needed to keep all stakeholders safe throughout the process of re-opening schools.