Teachers respond to TEA’s new public health guidelines

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The TEA has released guidelines to reopen schools in the wake of President Trump’s threat to cut federal aid to schools if they remain closed.

This decision has teachers unhappy on how the state is handling the pandemic.

“Teachers’ lives matter too. They’ve given everything of themselves,” Bertha Pena, a retired assistant superintendent from the Brownsville Independent School district said.

“This is a new norm this a different world. Unless you’re in that classroom you don’t know what’s really happening.”

Educators believe the decision to have all kids back in class does not full-fill the best interest of schools.

Graciela Guzman, a teacher at Hanna High School in Brownsville believes reopening schools and not going virtual for the first semester puts the health of staff, faculty, and students at risk.

“A school district especially our school district is huge our campus at Hannah high school were probably very close to 3,000 students plus faculty and staff. We’re a little town. All it takes is one person,” she said.

On Tuesday, the TEA released its Public Health Planning Guidelines.

However, teachers say those measures were not clearly specified.

“Safety should be the number one concern for everybody in the district. This letter doesn’t give that much hope for district employees,” Beatriz Maldonado a Brownsville ISD teacher added.

“I feel like we all need to come together at a table not one school district do one thing the other do another but the basic premise has to be there and that’s what we all need to work for,” Pena said.

Teachers are calling out for the support of state representatives to help.

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