When I was advocating for in-person learning (at a reduced capacity and with proper social distancing and mitigation measures), many of my colleagues and the VBEA union were adamantly opposed because they said that it wouldn't be safe. Union members were saying that we wanted teachers and students to be "canaries in a coal mine". My opponent and board colleague said those of us advocating for in person learning were "playing russian roulette with a gun". I was advocating for parents and teachers to have a choice regarding whether or not students/staff went back to school for in-person learning. The Board voted 8-3 to have only virtual school until the metrics show that it is safe.
Now, VBCPS is going to provide childcare in our elementary schools BEFORE their metrics show that it is safe. Are these same Board members and VBEA Union going to speak out against having these children in school because of the dangers? I don't believe so. One of the Board members, who is also a Union member and was calling for "First 9 online" has already praised the childcare plan. How is it all of a sudden safe when the metrics they voted to approve have not yet been met?
I guess the COVID virus only infects people if schools are being used for school and not childcare.
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