BOSTON (TBEN) – Massachusetts Teachers Association president Merrie Najimy has slammed the state’s plan to bring all elementary students back to classrooms for in-person learning by April, saying the instead, emphasis should be on immunization of educators.
Jeffrey Riley, commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, said Tuesday at a Department of Education meeting that the state aims to remove blended and distance learning options “out of the blue. table ”for districts as COVID numbers improve.
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Parents would have the possibility for their children to learn remotely until the end of the year.
Najimy told WBZ-TV that the state is “implementing unilateral authority” with the decision.
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“The vaccination of educators is not in sight. There is no mention of the vents that still need to be repaired, ”she said. “Having a full in-person learning contradicts the science of six feet away. So what the commissioner does is wield a magic wand saying that the problems are solved, then implement unilateral authority and usurp the decisions of every school committee.
People 65 years of age with two eligible health conditions can currently receive their COVID vaccine. Teachers are among the next group that will become eligible, although no date has been set.
Najimy said the state should focus on prioritizing educators in the immunization process before bringing more students back to class.
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“The problems are solved at the local level by the local between the educators unions and the school committees,” she said. “We need the state, instead of imposing unilateralism, to give us the support and the resources to make this project work.”