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Teachers, schools at odds over contracts, safety measurers

The Center Square – Ohio |

From second half of article – Pickerington teacher concerns over plans for no contact tracing.

Pickerington teachers say the district plans to use a specific medical grade mask to eliminate the need for contact tracing for teachers and staff. That, the union said in a Tuesday news release, goes against CDC guidelines.

“The risk of exposure in all of our schools is substantial, especially since it will be impossible to maintain any of the 3-6 foot social distancing requirements when all students are back in the classrooms together,” Pickerington Education Association President Heather Tinsley said. “We insist on transparency and prompt communication from the board regarding the guidance they are using and the data they are considering that makes them believe PLSD is in a position to fully reopen our school buildings.”

Pickerington schools currently operate under a hybrid return-to-class model.