TCTA is alarmed at the insistence by officials at all levels of government that schools should open for in-person instruction next month, while the rates of COVID-19 infection are surging in many parts of Texas.

We have many concerns about the guidance issued today by Commissioner Morath, chief among which is that districts would be required to offer in-person instruction if even one parent requests it, without regard to whether it can be done safely. These decisions should be made only in conjunction with the recommendations of state and federal health officials, and teachers and other campus employees should be consulted on the policies that will dictate how in-person instruction can be safely implemented.

Teachers look forward to getting back into the classroom, but not if it risks their health and that of their students, families and the community.

Click here to read TCTA's recommendations on reopening schools.