Teachers have started drafting or updating their wills and wills as they prepare to return to school in a Florida school district amid concerns about the corona virus.
Andrea Clark, a teacher union representative in the St. Johns County School District, about 30 miles south of Jacksonville, said teachers have raised concerns about exposure to the virus as the school opens on August 10.
“They are so concerned about returning to school that they update their will or make their will,” said Clark.
Florida has ordered schools to reopen in August after they were closed due to closures aimed at containing the pandemic. Teachers across the state have protested the reopening plan and asked for virtual instruction to continue until the number, now over 300,000, decreases.
Andrea Clark, a union representative in the St. Johns County School District about 30 miles south of Jacksonville, said teachers expressed concerns to her about exposure to the corona virus as the school opened on August 10
Clark said that teachers are “so concerned about returning to school that they are updating or making their will.” Teachers (photo) in Florida expressed concerns after the state required the school reopening in August
Teachers in Brevard County are shown with signs demanding that the school virtually continue until the number of coronavirus cases begins to decline
“Some teachers have underlying health issues where they’re pretty sure if they contracted COVID-19 it would be a bad outcome, potentially fatal,” Clark said. First Coast News.
Clark, who is also a fifth-grade teacher in the district and has two children who attend schools, said she no longer counted how many teachers were concerned after hearing about a dozen of them.
St. Johns County Superintendent, Tim Forson, was aware of the concerns and told First Coast News that teachers felt they were on the “front line.”
“I can’t deny that. I understand that thought and concern, ”said Forson.
“My dedication to them is this: I’m going to do everything I can, do everything possible to minimize or eliminate the risks.”
Forsan said the August 10 reopening could be delayed after the local school board asked for more time to prepare, as a recent spike hit the state.
St. Johns County Superintendent Tim Forson, aware of teachers’ concerns, said some felt they were on the “front line.” “I can’t deny that. I understand that thought and concern, ”said Forson, pictured during a TV news interview
“In March, there were hundreds of cases in the state of Florida and we closed schools. Now there are thousands a day, I think there were more than 15,000 in a day recently, “school board member Patrick Canan said at a school meeting earlier this week,” New4Jax reported.
The St. Johns County district has offered four return options, with students learning from brick and mortar buildings, or virtually home.
The total number of COVID-19 cases in Florida has now risen to more than 300,000, adding 10,181 on Tuesday alone after a spike in the state’s outbreak. The state-wide death toll has reached 4,626.
Florida’s moving seven-day average for deaths has risen to 92 a day, three times the 31 posted a month ago.
As of Tuesday, Florida had the second highest death rate in the United States – slightly behind Texas.
When the coronavirus ravaged New York three months ago, it recorded 799 deaths on April 9 and a top seven-day average of 763 deaths on April 14.
The increase in deaths and deaths came when the Jackson Health System in Miami reported a staggering 226 percent increase in COVID-19 patients last month.
Florida added 10,181 confirmed Tuesday to its list of total infections now at 301,810 since the outbreak started there on March 1
The state confirmed another 112 deaths, which is the third time in the past seven days that 100 have been embezzled and the death toll reaches 4626 across the state.
Carlos Migoya, the President and CEO of Jackson Health System, told CNN’s New Day that they had 129 patients on June 14 and that it had increased to 420 by Tuesday.
Migoya said the recent curfews and closings of bars and restaurants would help hospitals absorb the surge, but said people across the state had not worn masks and good social distance since its reopening in May.
“The biggest problem is that we have a lot of aggressive, non-conforming people, people who just don’t believe masking is the right thing to do,” he said.
Clark said she will not personally return her two children, who are going to the district, to school when it opens again.
“My kids won’t go back to brick,” she said. “My mother-in-law is old. She drops the children off at school and collects them. She is at high risk. ‘