Plainfield District 202 Teachers Hold Rally, Want Remote Learning To Continue In Fall

Rob Hart
July 24, 2020 - 1:07 pm
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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Teachers at one southwest suburban school district want remote learning to continue when school resumes in the fall.

Several hundred members of the Association of Plainfield Teachers rallied outside of Plainfield District 202 headquarters Thursday night. 

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APT President Dawn Bullock said remote learning should continue until all of the bugs are ironed out of the plan to return to the classroom.  She argued that an overlooked detail could prove to be deadly.

She doesn't want teachers to return to the classroom in order to project the illusion of normalcy.

"I know everybody wants normalcy.  The parents want to get back to their routine.  The kids want to get back to their routine. But the normal of March is not the normal of August. It probably won't be until we get a vaccine and get this under control," Bullock said.

She added that some teachers fear for their safety if they return to class.  They are worried that they are in a high-risk category for COVID, or they are concerned about transmitting the virus to a friend or relative.

"I had a teacher who retired two years early, because they're scared to come back in the classroom," Bullock said.

Bullock added that the District 202 school board heard their concerns Thursday night.  A meeting is scheduled for Monday.