Statement on new guidelines for remote school instruction

July 17, 2020

Rob D’Amico, 512-627-1343,

Texas AFT President Zeph Capo commented today on the Texas Education Agency’s release of new guidelines related to opening up campuses for the new school year, including the extension of remote-only instruction:

A tidal wave of teachers opposing dangerous reopening plans has knocked back the reckless push to open our schools. Today’s announcement giving additional time to phase-in with remote-only instruction is a good move in recognizing the legitimate fears of teachers and parents.

But it’s not a question of how many weeks until on-site instruction is the norm. It’s making safety, and not politics or the economy, the top priority for our students and teachers in every decision.

Texas American Federation of Teachers represents more than 65,000 teachers, paraprofessionals, support personnel, and higher-education employees across the state. Texas AFT is affiliated with the 1.6-million-member American Federation of Teachers.

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