'We don't think it's safe': Newark Teachers Union opposes plan to reopen classrooms this month


January 7, 2021

Just weeks before Newark is set to reopen classrooms, the city teachers union is urging the district to pump the brakes.

Students are scheduled to return to in-person learning part-time beginning on Jan. 25 — more than 10 months after the state’s largest school district first shuttered school buildings. But with the coronavirus pandemic still raging and officials reporting scores of new daily cases in Newark, the union says now is not the time to welcome students back to schools.

“We don’t think it’s safe to reopen,” Newark Teachers Union President John Abeigon told Chalkbeat. “Right now, we’re doing everything in our power to try to stop it.”



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