The Fairfax Educators Association wrote a letter to the school board and superintendent asking that the district “draw and hold the line by keeping Fairfax County Public Schools virtual for the remainder of the 2020-21 school year” because of the health threat represented by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The union says data supports the case that no one should return to in-person instruction until a proven vaccine is widely available.
The union represents about 4,000 Fairfax County Public Schools employees.
Another union representing educators in Fairfax County – the Fairfax County Federation of Teachers – holds a differing position.
The FCFT is asking the district to “delay reopening until there is a clear plan in place and the district adopts our 11 Pillars of a Safe Reopening” plan.
The district is currently opened with a mixture of some in-person, and some virtual learning.