Lynchburg Education Association raises concerns over abrupt change to education model

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LYNCHBURG, Va. (WFXR) – The Lynchburg Education Association (LEA) is raising concerns over the decision by Lynchburg City Schools (LCS) to begin bringing more students back into the classroom in the coming weeks.

The Association has three main areas of concerns:

Safety

According to a survey conducted by LEA, over one-third of LCS staff members have a health condition or live with someone who has a health condition that puts them at risk for COVID-19.

Staff Inclusion

LEA claims that there has been a lack of communication with the staff in the decision-making progress.

Preparation

LEA says that LCS is not currently ready to bring students back onto campuses. There are several questions LEA is asking. Some of those questions include:

  • When will proper PPE be provided to staff at all locations?
  • When will HEPA filters be installed in classrooms?
  • How will the rooms be properly ventilated, especially interior rooms or on cold or bad weather days?
  • When will signage be in place?
  • When will staff be supplied with cleaning supplies?
  • What is the protocol when these supplies run out?
  • What happens when a staff member is absent?
  • How will deep-cleaning happen?
  • How will buses operate safely for drivers, aides, and students with the guidelines put forth (though since retraced) from the CDC?
  • When will staff get their new roles and responsibilities?

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