(WFXR) – The President of the Virginia Education Association (VEA), Dr. James Fedderman, has raised concerns that many of the members of the VEA are not ready, or capable of reopening safely in the coming weeks.

Two weeks ago, the VEA conducted a poll of its teachers asking them if they feel that classrooms would be safe for them, and their students.

A total of 57-percent said they believe their classroom would not be safe.

Additionally, 11-percent said if they were forced to go back to the classroom right now, they would not and would elect to take medical leave, an early retirement or would even consider resigning which would create huge gaps in the amount of available teachers which is something that Dr. Fedderman says was already an issue even before the pandemic had begun.

“We are dealing with a dangerous virus that is spread by person-to-person contact and has sickened and killed Americans of all ages. So, we need to take the time to do the right thing and stay healthy and stay safe for tomorrow. So, Virginia localities should proceed with caution and ensure the health and safety of all.”

Dr. James Fedderman, President of the Virginia Education Association

Dr. Fedderman says different localities are facing different situations, when it comes to COVID-19, so each community must chart its own path during the pandemic.

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