MI-CORE teachers want to return to the classroom safely

Published: Jul. 28, 2020 at 6:54 PM EDT
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FLINT, Mich. (WJRT) - Brianne Wilson has spent the past five years educating children in the Swartz Creek Community Schools district, teaching both middle school and high school students.

“It’s really cool as a German teacher, I get to start with them and then see them again in the high school,” said teacher Brianne Wilson.

She has always been passionate about her students education. She is now just passionate about their safety and hers.

“I don’t know anyone that likes teaching online. We want to be with our kids. We want to do the hands on activities. We want to laugh with them and tell bad jokes and they grown because our puns were stupid. We can’t do those kinds of things online, but its the safe thing to so right now,” Wilson said.

Wilson is a member of the MI-CORE. Tuesday, the teachers group laid out a list of demands that they say need to be met in order to return safely to a classroom.

It includes:

  • 14 days of no new cases in the region.
  • Free ongoing rapid coronavius testing for everyone.
  • Contact tracing to monitor and control the spread of the virus.
  • COVID-19 test results must released within one to two days.
  • All teachers and students be provided with personal protective equipment daily.
  • As well as having a school nurse and a mental health specialist in every building.

“It’s currently unsafe to be together in the buildings at all. But when we are able to be physically together again, it will still be nothing resembling normal,” Wilson said.

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