Reopening Update and Upcoming Events
More than 60 cars joined our caravan for the national day of action to demand safe schools on Monday, carrying Alliance members and their families, as well as students and community members.
On Friday, July 31, we had a membership meeting to discuss reopening. The previous weekend, members forwarded the EC a plan from district leadership that would have teachers returning to campus in waves, with a majority of teachers returning to campus before Labor Day. Our consultation teams raised concerns against it, and district leadership said it was out of date, showing them a new, nearly identical plan that still brings teachers onto campus before August is over. Our position as a union remains the same: Not Until It’s Safe.
Teachers who return prematurely will be putting their own lives at risk, as well as the lives of classified workers who have no choice but to be at campus and also other teachers, who will be under greater pressure to return once their colleagues have crossed that line.
As district leadership continues pushing for a premature return to campus, we are encouraging everyone to respond with the same set of data based demands created with the advice of medical experts.
We should not return until San Antonio has achieved the following objective indicators of safety:
Fewer than 5% positive tests
A 14 day consecutive decline in new cases
A 1% or lower infection rate
And adequate testing, tracing, and tracking infrastructure
Our union is a member of a city wide Reopening Coalition, and that coalition is demanding reopening plans based on the science of public health and measurable indicators of safety. This coalition has been working with local government officials, and they agree: local conditions show that COVID-19 is still out of control and no one should be required to report to campus. We have seen shifts in the way Superintendents throughout the city are talking. The pressure coming from our union is working. We must keep up the pressure and keep demanding no return until it's safe.
Amid the joy of standing up for our community, there were somber moments. We held a die-in to symbolize the 159,000 Americans we have already lost and to reaffirm our commitment to protecting our loved ones.
On Wednesday August 5 at 7:00 pm the City of San Antonio is hosting a Town Hall to discuss current reopening plans for San Antonio. Viewers will have an opportunity to ask questions and share their concerns. Click here for more details.