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U..S teachers added to essential-worker list as they face White House pressure to return to classrooms

PoliticsAug 20, 2020 08:20PM ET
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By Brendan O'Brien

(Reuters) - U.S. teachers have been added to an advisory list of essential workers as they face pressure from the White House to return to classrooms even as their unions challenge decisions to return to in-person instruction amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Classroom aides and superintendents were also added to the updated list of critical essential workers that includes doctors, nurses and IT workers, in a memo on Tuesday from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

The list was intended to help state, local and tribal officials "protect their workers and communities as they continue to reopen in a phased approach," said the memo from the department's cybersecurity and infrastructure agency.

The memo said the move was also needed "to ensure continuity of functions critical to public health and safety, as well as economic and national security."

The list is advisory and "is not, nor should it be considered, a federal directive or standard," the memo added.

President Donald Trump has spent the summer pushing hard for schools across the nation to start the academic year with in-person learning, even as cases of the novel coronavirus have surged in some of the country’s most-populous areas, prompting districts to start fall classes online or offer at least some classes virtually.

Educators in Florida and Iowa have filed lawsuits challenging plans to reopen schools in those states, while educators across the country have held protests and threatened to strike if they are forced to go back into classrooms this autumn.

Several schools that began classes in Georgia and Nebraska have had to cancel in-person instruction over the past week due to outbreaks.

U..S teachers added to essential-worker list as they face White House pressure to return to classrooms
 

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Kaveh Sun
Kaveh Sun Aug 21, 2020 12:00AM ET
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I work none stop thru this pandemic. I havent take a day off. I havent get a dime in pay raise. Either i Work or get fired. Having said that, Wear n95 mask if u r scared or at risk. Kids stay home more damage to the kids. Healthy kids go to school. Unhealthy stay home.
Saroop Calvete
Saroop Calvete Aug 20, 2020 9:38PM ET
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Teacher’s unions always quick to find excuses not to go to work, especially when it harms Trump.
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Adrian White Aug 20, 2020 9:38PM ET
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Are you kidding? Unions protect their members. That's their whole reason for existence. That's pretty rich to think their agenda is somehow to "hurt Trump" rather than to protect teachers.
 
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