TSTA: June 1 too early to reopen schools

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AUSTIN, Texas (Big 2/Fox 24) – The Texas State Teachers Association disagrees with Governor Greg Abbott on when schools should reopen.

The TSTA released an opinion on the matter Wednesday saying next month is too soon to reopen schools as the Governor outlined earlier this week.

On Monday, Gov. Abbott announced summer school could take place as long as districts were adhering to proper social distancing and other safety requirements.

“School districts have the options to provide summer school so long as they follow safe distancing practices as well as all other health protocols,” Gov. Abbott said.

The TSTA has since put forth a list of safety measures that schools should adhere to prior to the reopening and is urging the state to make the list a requirement.

Officials say the list follows all CDC guidelines and addresses concerns members of the TSTA have brought forth.

“By rushing to allow school buildings to reopen on June 1, less than six weeks from now, Gov. Abbott is creating an illusion that the worst of this health crisis is behind us. It is not. People are still getting sick and dying in large numbers, and reopening school buildings too soon will increase the peril,” TSTA President Noel Candelaria said in a statement.

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