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Tulsa Classroom Association responds to Dr. Gist's recommendation for in-person instruction

Posted at 6:45 PM, Oct 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-06 19:45:55-04

TULSA, Okla. — A recent poll by the Tulsa Classroom Association suggests the majority of Tulsa Public Schools teachers do not feel comfortable to go back to the classroom. Some of them are even considering resigning amid next Tuesday’s vote.

Emily Harris, history teacher at Will Rogers High School, said she’s not surprised there has been an effort to get the kids back in the classroom.

“Although, I know there are a lot of teachers who want to continue with distance learning,” Harris said.

Specifically, concerns are growing among some TPS teachers following Dr. Gist’s recommendations for returning to the classroom. CLICK HERE to read those options.

READ MORE: TPS Superintendent talks recommended options for a possible return to classrooms

“Many teachers are reluctantly to return to the classroom and are fearful. But, we’re willing to do it for how much we care for these kids,” Harris said.

A recent poll shows 62% of teachers who participated said they do not feel comfortable with in-person learning.

“Teachers today feel like guinea pigs and people think of them as if they’re expendable,” said Shawna Mott-Wright, president for Tulsa Classroom Association.

According to Mott-Wright, there are several teachers that will resign if they are required to teach in-person.

“There’s a lot of ‘Oh my gosh, I miss my kids so much, but I’ll have to resign. I can’t bring this home,’” Mott-Wright said.

With a one-year old at home and an 86 year old grandfather, Harris said she will go back to the classroom but plans to take extra precaution.

“I am ready for the challenge to get back in the classroom," Harris said. "For me, there will be more sacrifices that I will make to try to keep my distance from extended family members to not be able to expose them potentially.”

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