A survey of 15,000 Michigan educators concluded that there are health and safety concerns in the return to in-person learning, according to the Michigan Education Association.
Concerns include health of students, parents, employees and families; the impact of class sizes on social distancing; and the need for standards around PPE usage and future closures.
A majority of educators think schools should reopen only after public health experts determine it's safe to return and with adequate planning and equipment to protect school employees, students and visitors from COVID-19.
Additionally, more educators think it will be difficult to implement social distancing and other public health practices inside public schools.
Educators also believe there should be PPE provided for both students and employees, and temperatures should be taken for those entering school buildings.
MEA says it will advocate for common sense solutions to keep everyone safe, including appropriate statewide standards for health and safety while maintaining ability for districts to work with employees to meet learning needs.
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