Council Rock Teachers Union Opposes Full In-Person Return: Report | #coronavirus | #kids. | #children | #schools

NEWTOWN TOWNSHIP, PA — As the Council Rock School District school board plans to vote later this month on a return date to five-day in-person instruction, the head of the teachers union says returning to a full-time schedule would be “improper.”

Council Rock Education Association President David Diehl told the Courier Times that as long as Bucks County COVID-19 cases remain above the “low transmission” benchmark set by the state, “it is improper to have a full dive-day schedule, with no regard for the social distancing guidelines set forth by the CDC,” Diehl reportedly told the newspaper.

Diehl had previously urged the school board to follow stricter guidelines set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention regarding quarantine rules for exposed students, faculty and staff.

The teachers union did not immediately respond to a request for comment Monday.

Since Sept. 29 ,the district has been operating on a hybrid option that has some students coming into school twice a week for in-person learning and spending the rest of the week learning from home. Students also have the option to stay home for five days a week of remote learning.

At its Oct. 1 board meeting, five out of nine school board members expressed support for a return to full-time instruction as early as Nov. 16.

Superintendent Robert Fraser has said the district should follow the guidelines issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and hold off on a full re-opening until caseloads in Bucks County decline.

The school board is scheduled to vote on the matter at its Oct. 22 meeting.


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