Statement from Spring Branch (Texas) HFT and Texas AFT on Spring Branch ISD's Hybrid Plan for Reopening Schools

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HOUSTON-Statement from Craig Adams, president of the Spring Branch HFT, and Zeph Capo, president of Texas AFT, on Spring Branch Independent School Distr ict1 s decision to have parents choose between their children 1s participation in either in-person learning or distance learning starting in August (Spring Branch is a suburb of Houston):


"This plan is insanely irresponsible. Any back-to-school plan that includes in-school learning while COVID-19 is continuing to spread like wildfire throughout Harris County and Texas should be a non-starter. In-person learning and the very real possibility of spreading the coronavirus and getting COVID-19 affects all students and their family members, and all teachers and other school support staff and their family members.


"The plan, which doesn1 t even square with the state 1s latest recommendations, is not a safe or healthy way to handle education at this critical time in the pandemic. It is unclear how many teachers and employees will want to take their lives into their own hands and return to their schools.


"We strongly recommend that every school district start the new school year with distance learning, along with needed digital devices and other supports, until the number of cases has declined for 14 consecutive days and there are other measures showing low rates of positive tests and transmissions.11