New Hanover County Association of Educators concerned about county moving into Phase A

New Hanover County Association of Educators
New Hanover County Association of Educators(WECT)
Published: Jan. 6, 2021 at 12:28 AM EST
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WILMINGTON, N.C. (WECT) - Before the New Hanover County Board of Education’s board meeting on Tuesday, the New Hanover County Association of Educators (NHCAE) voiced their concerns about the county moving into Phase A in elementary schools across the county.

NHCAE is calling for Calls on School Board to “Re-Open Safely” with six-Feet of social distancing and full transparency of infections inside schools.

“We want to help the schools be available for students so that we can stay open so we can stay consistent,” said Amanda White with NHCAE. “So, if they need our help, we want to be there to provide it. So that if we can’t have planned a and six feet and the social distance then you can’t.”

During the call to the audience members of the NHSAS voice their concerns to the board members.

“I would say honestly that their concerns are my concerns,” said Board of Education Vice Chair Nelson Beaulieu. “The concerns of the parents that called that say my kid is really hurting right now they need to be back in school. Those are my concerns. Every one of the 26,000 students that we have is a concern. I definitely understand the fear and apprehension I’m not insensitive to it in any way. And that’s partly why we push that date back.”

NHSCAS says without proper social distancing the schools shouldn’t move into Phase A but are willing to help find a way to make it work.

“If we look at the space that is available then it’s going to be difficult so teachers might have to move spaces that are not their current classroom. But I do believe we have the space to make it happen.”

The board will meet on January 13 to discuss its plan on how to move into Phase A in elementary schools starting on Jan 19.

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