NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WAVY) — Teachers in Newport News continued their calls for a safe reopening of schools Tuesday night during a rally at the school board building.
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Teachers and supporters are calling for a slow, safe, and cautious return to learn plan, and that school leaders should consider health data, employees and the needs of immunocompromised staff or family members.
The school board didn’t make any decisions on the reopening plan Tuesday night, but shared some information about what’s needed to return to in-person learning.
So far, families have indicated overall they wish for their students to stay with virtual learning. 58 percent of responses on the Parent Intent Form favor virtual learning.
Here’s how Newport News Schools’ coronavirus metrics stack up, per CDC reopening guidelines:
This comes as the school board spends the next month developing a plan to bring students back to class during the coronavirus pandemic.
At another rally last week, Newport News Educators United said there are still many unanswered questions about what reopening schools during a pandemic will look like. They also want proper communication, and transparency in reporting the number of coronavirus cases in schools.
Click here to view the full PowerPoint presentation from the Tuesday school board meeting giving an update on the superintendent’s return to learn plan.
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