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Poll Says Most Maryland Educators Think Schools Are Not Ready To Reopen

The Maryland State Education Association (MSEA) released a statewide poll of educators Monday on the safety measures they want at schools before they reopen.

The poll says that more than 95% of Maryland educators want to see safety measures like adequate ventilation, PPE and increased sanitation before schools physically reopen. 

Cheryl Bost, MSEA president and a Baltimore County teacher, said these are basic safety measures that educators have been asking for since summer. 

“We continue to see school systems underfunded and ill-equipped to do what it takes to keep educators, students and families safe,” Bost said at a press conference Monday afternoon. 

The poll also says 77% of educators think it’s unlikely that schools will be able to safely and fully reopen for in-person learning in the next several months. 

Bost said the state needs to be transparent with educators, and noted that COVID-19 cases in the country are on the rise. 

“Their current approach is not right and not helping us to be safe,” she said. 

Sarah Y. Kim is WYPR’s health and housing reporter. Kim is WYPR's Report for America corps member, and Anthony Brandon Fellow. Kim joined WYPR as a 2020-2021 corps member for Report for America, an initiative of The GroundTruth Project that pairs young journalists with local newsrooms. Now in her second year as an RFA corps member, Kim is based in Baltimore City.
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