The Kentucky Education Association (KEA) has released a statement appealing all schools to reopen virtually and start the new academic year online. Teachers and school authorities are confronted with a new set of challenges hitherto unexperienced.
“I’ve heard veteran teachers say this is my twenty-something year teaching, but it feels like my first year. This is something they’ve never done before,” Commented Jessica Hiller, President, Fayette County Education Association.
KEA is currently comprised of 42,000 employed and retired teachers educators across the state who have unanimously voted for inaugurating the academic year virtually across the state.
“KEA calls on school district decision makers, specifically superintendents and school boards, to make the responsible decision to protect students and educators by closing schools to in-person instruction and beginning the 2020-21 school year virtually for all students,” read a statement issued by KEA.
KEA has fervently voiced their concerns about in-person learning which puts at risk the lives of students and senior personnel.
Andy Beshear, Governor, Kentucky had previously suggested to postpone classroom learning till third week of August. The state however has received no respite from COVID-19 positive cases.
KEA has suggested for virtual classes until an “effective vaccine or reliable treatment” procedure for COVID-19 is found.
“KEA believes the choice, based on scientific evidence, is clear: Kentucky’s public schools should not open to in-person instruction at this time. Every educator that can perform his or her duties from home should be encouraged to do so.”