The South Dakota Education Association says schools cannot start “like normal” this year. Association president Mary McCorkle said in the statement that those who advocate such a message put the health and safety of students, educators and their loved ones at risk. The statement comes in response to the Trump Administration’s threat to cut funding for schools that fail to fully open in the fall. It goes on to say that the senate is sitting on the HEROES Act which will provide local schools the resources necessary to put the safety protocols in place as well as provide additional revenue for technology and training. South Dakota Senators John Thune and Mike Rounds have pushed for passage of that act.
McCorkle says there are many unknowns about what starting school in the fall could look like. She says the educators of South Dakota miss their students and want to be in their classrooms doing what they love, but they deeply care about their colleagues, students, their families and communities, and that schools must open with health and safety foremost. South Dakota Education Association represents more than 5,000 elementary and secondary teachers, higher education faculty, education support professionals, retired educators and students preparing to become teachers.
Read the statement here.