AFT Plan To Safely Reopen America’s Schools and Communities

May 28, 2020

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COVID-19

American Federation of Teachers: A Plan To Safely Reopen America’s Schools and Communities

As many questions about what schools will look like in the fall emerge, we will create articles to keep you up to date with the newest information! Most recently, the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) created a road map for safely and responsibly opening schools. The plan contains some important principles and information that is relevant for schools. This information should help you guide your thinking about sending your child back to school.
 

The suggestions are as follows

1. Maintaining physical distancing until the number of new cases declines for at least 14 consecutive days. Reducing the number of new cases is a prerequisite for transitioning to reopening plans on a community-by-community basis. 

2. Putting in place the infrastructure and resources to test, trace and isolate new cases. Transitioning from community-focused physical distancing and stay-in-place orders to case-specific interventions requires ramping up the capacity to test, trace and isolate each and every new case. 

3. Deploying the public health tools that prevent the virus’ spread and aligning them with education strategies that meet the needs of students. 

4. Involving workers, unions, parents and communities in all planning. Each 4 workplace and community faces unique challenges related to COVID-19. To ensure that reopening plans address those challenges, broad worker and community involvement is necessary. They must be engaged, educated and empowered. 

5. Investing in recovery: Do not abandon America’s communities or forfeit America’s future. These interventions will require more—not less— investments in public health and in our schools, universities, hospitals, and local and state governments. Strengthening communities should be a priority in the recovery

Please visit this link if you would like to see the full plan: https://www.aft.org/sites/default/files/covid19_reopen-america-schools.pdf

 

Written by The Community Education Commission