CEA’s Safe Learning Plan Provides A Safe Way Forward
The health and safety of our students, our educators, and our communities cannot be sacrificed in order to get students back into the classroom. The reopening plan released by the state of Connecticut—which calls for a full-time return to school—raises serious questions about maintaining the safety of everyone in our school communities during a pandemic that is not fully under control.
CEA’s Safe Learning Plan, released today, requires that health, safety, and equity remain at the forefront of any school reopening plan. It prioritizes strategies for student learning and educational equity, providing a safe way forward whether in school or through remote learning.
“Nothing is more important than keeping our students, our educators, and our families safe,” says CEA President Jeff Leake. “We owe our students and educators the measures of safety and security they deserve. We must not fail to provide the necessary protections and risk new increases in COVID-19 infection rates. No one wants to return to school more than our dedicated educators, but during a global pandemic, the health and safety of our students and educators must be our first priority.”
CEA’s plan calls for six specific actions that must be taken before schools reopen. Those actions focus on physical health and safety standards, combined with CDC protocols and commonsense approaches to keeping our school communities safe.