Boston Teachers Union criticizes Massachusetts Department of Education for not counting days away from Curley School
The Boston Teachers Union tears up state education officials and calls on Department of Elementary and Secondary Education commissioner Jeff Riley to count the distant days for a Jamaican Plain school in the midst of a coronavirus epidemic.
Curley K-8 School is in the midst of a 10-day shutdown due to the COVID-19 cluster, and Riley has said he will not count daily distance learning for the annual requirement of 180 days. The district will not be able to count Wednesday through Friday for the required 180 days, and those three school days will have to be made up, Riley said.
The Boston Teachers Union blasted Riley’s decision on Monday, calling it “bizarre.”
The union urged DESE “to reverse its flawed approach”.
“In the midst of this type of public health crisis, state bureaucrats should listen to local families and not threaten them, especially when the state itself continues to reduce security measures and has failed to threaten them. made the necessary strong investments in testing capability, âBTU Executive Vice President Erik Berg said in a statement.
At least 46 people at the school tested positive for the coronavirus from October 22 to November 7 in 21 different classrooms. This prompted the Boston Public Health Commission to shut down the school, prompting a shift to distance learning.
âThe state should not be making politics around school hours or playing with the health of students and their families,â Berg said. âThe idea that the state does not give credit to students for distant learning days in these circumstances seems strange to most parents and educators.
Instead, the state should focus on improving its own implementation of in-pool testing and ‘test and stay’ programs to ensure student safety and ensure continuity of learning. ‘in-person learning,’ added BTU’s executive vice president. “We all want to teach in person every day, but when public health officials warn against the safety of doing so, we need the state to listen.”
The school closed last Wednesday and is expected to reopen next Monday.
âIt is unfortunate that the BPS has not been able to find a way to bring students back safely earlier, and the Commissioner is particularly concerned about students with disabilities and high needs who are most likely to struggle with the distance learning when they are unable to receive in-person services, âExecutive Office of Education spokesperson Colleen Quinn said in a statement.
âThroughout the pandemic, Commissioner Riley has consistently emphasized the need for in-person learning for all students,â Quinn added. âBy working closely with school leaders across the Commonwealth of Nations, DESE has successfully supported other schools with high case rates of COVID-19 to continue to provide in-person learning. “