Detroit Public Schools Community District (DPSCD) teachers and students are coming back to the classroom today for summer school — but not everyone is in unison with the decision, WXYZ reported.
Today, July 12 the DPSCD community will return to the opposition of a number of educators who are against the decision, the article added.
These particular educators, who want virtual instruction until the fall, are worried about Detroit’s low COVID-19 vaccination rates, per the article.
Last year, a protest took occurred of Detroit’s Mackenzie Elementary School “By Any Means Necessary” (BAMN) group members protested against the district’s plans to offer in-person learning. The group is out and about vocalizing their viewpoints on the controversial topic now, according to the article.
“There will be a COVID explosion if we continue to push people in and say it’s OK,” L.C. Bulger, a Detroit schools special education aide, said in the article.
The school district said summer school is not mandatory, but voluntary for teachers, according to the article. BAMN thinks the in-person learning is too soon, and wants the vaccine mandatory.
“We’re not safe just because some percentage of the population is vaccinated, it has to be everybody and the reopening needs to be held off until that is the case,” DPSCD Teacher Benjamin Royal added in the story.
As of today, right now, 38.1% of Detroiters 12 and up have received at least one dose of the vaccine, per the story as COVID-19 death rates are on the decline, according to statistics.
“I don’t want a virtual infrastructure for the rest of our lives, I don’t want that,” Arlyssa Heard, a parent, said.
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