Denver teachers demand school break for COVID

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Third-graders wait with their teacher at Garden Place Elementary School in August. Photo: David Zalubowski / AP

The Denver Teachers Union is calling for a one-week wait for in-person learning.

Driving the news: In a letter to Superintendent Alex Marrero sent Thursday, the Denver Classroom Teachers Association said the district should switch to distance learning to give teachers and students time to isolate themselves and recover from COVID-19, write our education report partners at Chalkbeat.

  • If not tenable, teachers are asking for more guidance, KN95 masks, testing and help filling vacancies.

What they say : Marrero rejected the request, promising to keep schools open, but made some concessions to teachers.

The big picture: The Denver conflict is not isolated. COVID-19 upsets the peace between administrations and teacher unions across the country, The New York Times reports.

  • The political implications are delicate for Democrats, who align closely with unions but face backlash from Republicans and parents over school disruptions.

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