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Students denounce COVID-19 in-person learning conditions in schools

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Students denounce COVID-19 in-person learning conditions in schools

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Walkouts are happening in Chicago, Boston, New York and more.

Students are stepping out of class in Boston, Chicago and other cities across the country to protest conditions for in-person learning as COVID-19 rages on.

Boston public school students are demanding that local leaders take more initiative to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in schools and implement a two-week period for distance learning.

“We will then stay there for exactly 10 minutes, one minute for every 100,000 new COVID-19 cases found on January 2,” according to a post on the student-run Massachusetts COVID Walkout Instagram page.

In a statement to ABC News, Boston Public Schools said they “deeply believe in students standing up for what they believe in.”

“We further believe that it is extremely important to encourage and support them in expressing their concerns, beliefs and positions to their leaders,” the statement said. “We will continue to listen to our students and families as we go through this latest wave and the impacts it has on our ability to stay in person and deliver a quality education.”

In the spring of 2021, Massachusetts officials said distance learning would no longer count toward required learning hours. All school-wide distance learning days should be constituted by students and teachers at the end of the year.

Boston public schools reported 3,483 cases of COVID as of Jan. 5, according to the district’s website.

Chicago students are also coming out of class on Friday, demanding that schools address safety concerns related to COVID-19.

The Chicago Public Schools Radical Youth Alliance, a student rights group, recently sent a letter of inquiries to Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot, Chicago Public Schools CEO Pedro Martinez, Chicago Department of Public Health Commissioner Allison Arwady.

Students demanded transparency and accuracy in the school’s COVID-19 data, youth participation in decision-making, and accountability for “mistakes.”

“As you constantly prove that you and your leadership are incompetent, we as black and brown youth are the common denominator of being the most hurt and affected,” the letter read. “We are tired, exhausted and frustrated.”

The group also backed the Chicago Teachers Union, which narrowly agreed to a new agreement on COVID-19-related safety precautions.

Chicago public schools have registered 10,928 cases among their students and staff since the start of the 2021-2022 school year, according to the district’s website.

In a statement, Chicago Public Schools said they “remain committed to fostering learning environments that allow students to respectfully deliberate issues with evidence and an open mind – and to participate safely in the civic action “.

Currently, according to the CPS website, students are required to wear masks in schools and take a pre-school self-screening symptom questionnaire. The tests are optional.

Protests in New York, California and other states have highlighted growing concerns that school leaders are failing to tackle COVID-19 and its impact on education and health in schools. schools.

Students denounce COVID-19 in-person learning conditions in schools

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