Teachers protested the reopening of schools in front of the East Baton Rouge Parish School District Office on Wednesday.
Educators and concerned parents and students gathered wearing masks and red attire. Protesters held up signs that read “I can’t teach Algebra 2 from my grave,” and “Educators essential but not expendable!”
“Now is not the time to reopen schools. In March, the Governor took bold, decisive action to prioritize the lives of Louisiana families above all else and now we need to do it again,” the Louisiana Federation of Teachers said in a news release on the protest.
On Wednesday, Louisiana set a new record when it reported 2,802 new COVID-19 cases, that is, cases that cannot be significantly attributed to a backlog of old tests. The previous high point had been on April 2, when Louisiana reported 2,726 new COVID-19 cases.
The number backs up what Gov. John Bel Edwards and other state officials have been saying for several days — that Louisiana’s coronavirus crisis is headed in the wrong direction.
“Our main concern is the safety of our educators and our students,” Anita Augustus, the president of the Association of Educators chapter in East Baton Rouge, said at the protest. “What is sanitation going to look like? We are already cleaning our own classrooms now, so how can we be assured our classrooms will be sanitised?”
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