Teachers, parents at PS 139 urge DOE to have classes go fully remote

Teachers are continuing to express their frustration with what they say is a lack of safety protocols at their schools.

News 12 Staff

Sep 18, 2020, 5:14 PM

Updated 1,347 days ago

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Teachers and parents are continuing to express their frustration with what they say is a lack of safety protocols at their schools.
Protesters were outside Public School 139 to urge the Department of Education to switch to fully remote learning.
The school is just one that has reported positive coronavirus cases among their staff. On Friday, the school discovered their first case and another case was reported on Tuesday.
The building was closed for 24 hours before employees were allowed to return on Thursday.
Teachers say they need more staff in order to safely and successfully have a blended program in the school.
Third grade teacher Donna Rivera says that schools should not go back to in-person learning until at least January.
"If we were to switch to a fully remote bottle, we can use that time to give instruction," Rivera says. "Five days to all of these kids who have already had education disrupted in March, and then use this time to get the resources together."
Parents are also concerned that students will not get the same learning opportunities as others.
Maureen Flaherty tells News 12 she is worried about her son who is in an Individualized Education Program
"He gets services," Flaherty says. "We don't know how that's going to happen because his therapist cannot be in two schools at once."
News 12 reached out to the Department of Education and is waiting to hear back.


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