NEWS RELEASE:
Educators Release Report Detailing 59 COVID-19 Incidents Involving Missouri Schools and Students

Educators call on the Department of Education and Governor for increased transparency of COVID-19 incidents in schools.



From the Missouri National Education Association
1810 E. Elm St., Jefferson City, MO 65101

For further information: 
Mark Jones
(573) 508-8528
mark.jones@mnea.org

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Sept. 3, 2020

 


JEFFERSON CITY - Today, the Missouri National Education Association (Missouri NEA) released its “COVID -19 Exposures and Closures” report detailing 59 separate incidents of exposure to COVID-19 in local schools and school-related activities. The report combines information from educators, parents, school districts, and local media.

“Missouri NEA began reporting incidents of COVID-19 exposure in our schools to inform parents and educators,” said Phil Murray, president of the Missouri National Education Association. “We have reported 59 incidents of exposure to COVID-19. It is extremely distressing because we know it doesn’t capture the true scope of school-related exposures, and signals the potential for increased risk as children return to school.”

As a new school year begins, many parents are deciding between in-person or virtual education for their children. Parents are weighing the potential risk of exposure to COVID-19 against the benefits of available educational options. Parents and educators do not have all the information necessary to make an informed decision. Missouri NEA is calling on the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) and Governor Parson to require school districts to report COVID-19 incidents and create a public registry of school-related COVID-19 exposures.

“Parents must be able to make informed decisions about their children’s education and well-being,” said Murray. As educators, we want parents to have the facts. Access to timely, factual information is essential as parents weigh the risks and benefits of their children returning to school.”

Missouri NEA has sent a letter to Commissioner of Education Margie Vandeven requesting DESE create a school exposure report accessible by parents, educators, and the public. The report should include:

  • The specific school building or school activity where the exposure occurred. 
  • The date of the COVID-19 incident.
  • The number of students or staff exposed.
  • Actions the school district is taking to inform parents and staff.
  • Safety precautions the district is implementing to limit exposure and spread to others. 

Missouri NEA will update the “COVID-19 Exposures and Closures” report each week and publish it at MNEA.org.

A copy of Missouri NEA’s letter to Commissioner Vandeven can be found here.
The COVID-19 Exposures and Closures report can be found here.

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The 32,000-member Missouri NEA represents teachers, education support professionals, college faculty, retired teachers and students studying to be teachers in school districts and on college campuses throughout the state. It is the Missouri affiliate of the 3 million-member National Education Association.  


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