Following the lead of La Follette High School and other schools, a group of East staff are proud to join our colleagues in solidarity by teaching outside of East High School on the morning of Thursday, March 4, 2021 from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
As with all schools participating in this teach-out, we at East will be voicing our safety concerns based on MTI’s Framework for Phased Re-entry. We want to teach, and in fact we have been teaching our students in new and creative ways for almost a year now, but we want in-person teaching to be safe for staff, students, and the community. MMSD’s current plan for re-entry leaves too many critical safety questions unanswered. We know that our working conditions are our students’ learning conditions, and so we teach out for the health and well-being of our entire East community:
- We teach out to stand in solidarity with our colleagues who have already been working in buildings, such as the early childhood educators, MSCR Cares staff, custodians, food service workers, and special education teachers and assistants.
- We teach out to stand up for the BIPOC and low income students, families, staff, and community members who have been disproportionately impacted by COVID.
- We teach out to stand in solidarity with the elementary staff and teachers required to return in the coming weeks.
We teach out so that we can teach-in, safely. #DemandSafeSchoolsMMSD
WHO: East staff and teachers
WHERE: At the corner of Fourth Street and East Washington Avenue and along East Washington Avenue, 2222 E. Washington Ave., Madison, WI 53704
WHEN: Thursday March 4, 2021 from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm
WHAT to EXPECT: Virtual social-distanced instruction outdoors (folding tables, chairs, chromebooks, and wifi). Signs and posters. Teachers and staff willing to be interviewed to explain concerns and ongoing demands.
Contact: Carla Oppenheimer, [email protected]