Worried Teachers Want to Know: What Happens If I Get Sick?
July 30, 2020
With the start of the school year just weeks away—and many districts’ plans for whether or how to reopen still uncertain—teachers describe a gnawing sense of anxiety, dread, and fear.
In interviews, teachers say the unknowns of the upcoming school year are keeping them up at night. They’re having stress dreams. Some are taking what would have once seemed like extraordinary precautions before the start of a school year—including drafting wills and buying scrubs or other personal protective equipment.
Across the country, districts are still shaping their reopening plans based on state guidance and the coronavirus trends in their area. Ten of the 15 largest school districts in the country have opted to begin the school year remotely, according to Education Week’s tracker. Others are planning to have students return to school buildings for some or all days of the week.