Several teachers and other bombarded e-mails and social media sites of reporters at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution late Thursday. Many were concerned that their health and safety were being put at risk.
“I can understand cleaning out classrooms for the summer because we left all of sudden, in a hurry but to go and just sit around...seems risky! All it would take us for one to catch the COVID and then you risk infecting a school full of teachers and staff and possibly loosing some to this disease! Is it worth it just to say, ‘Teachers are working?’ What are we supposed to do with our own children?! Bring them with us?! “ posted one teacher.
“This is nuts when most child care centers are still closed. I am fortunate, because I don't have children at home anymore, however I am babysitting my five-year-old granddaughter while I'm teaching and trying to help her with her class work as well. I will not be bringing her to work with me should I get called back, although I don't work at a school in Gwinnett County,” posted another teacher.
Gwinnett schools has a policy of sending information to principals first before sending it to other staffers, news media and school families, said Roach. A detailed memo was sent to teachers this morning and parents and guardians will get a letter later today.
The AJC contacted Roach late last night and received information this morning.
Contrary to some reports, staff is being provided with personal protective equipment, i.e. masks and gloves. Custodial staff will be cleaning high-traffic areas and points of contact such as door knobs more often and everyone is asked to maintain social distance.
No decisions have been made about next school year.
“We have several contingency plans,” said Roach. “We may begin school remotely, being in person on the scheduled calendar or we may follow a modified calendar.”
She added that the district will provide information as it’s available.
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