CMS teacher fighting COVID-19 warns about returning to school in blog post

CMS teacher fighting COVID-19 warns about returning to school in blog post

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — As parents and students wait anxiously to find out what school will look like this fall, a local teacher said she’s worried about returning to the classroom.

The start of next school year is six weeks away and there are a lot of unknowns for parents, but also for teachers.

On a teacher blog site called Notes from the Chalk Board, eighth grade science teacher Michelle Vail who teaches at E.E. Waddelll Language Academy raises questions and concerns.

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In the article she said she contracted COVID-19 while in Ohio and remains in isolation.

“I don’t feel safe going back into a building. I take care of my 79-year-old father. If I bring this home to him, I would kill him. I don’t know that I would survive if I were to get this a second time,” the post reads.

She also raises critical questions that remain unanswered.

“Will teachers be provided face shields and other personal protective gear so they can get closer to the students to answer questions and provide individualized instruction? Will the cafeterias, classrooms, hallways, libraries, and other common areas be marked for social distancing,” she asks in the post.

Last week, Gov. Cooper delayed announcing plans for students saying he needs a few more weeks to decide.

The state and local school districts are weighing several options including social distancing in schools, partial remote learning or full remote learning for students in the fall.

CMS reopening scenarios

Channel 9 reached out to CMS regarding Vail’s concerns.

The district wouldn’t comment about the article, but said they are still in the early stages of the return to school plan development.

While it’s unclear whether kids will physically be in school come August, the governor has said getting them back is his top priority.

CMS prepares reopening plans while waiting Cooper's decision