Not enough TUSD teachers will return

Board president reacts to delay of in-person date
Posted at 10:10 PM, Jul 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-24 12:49:47-04

TUCSON, Ariz. — Governor Doug Ducey did not give a date for in-person instruction during his press conference Thursday.

Ducey's announcement comes about a week after school board leaders demanded he push back the opening of classrooms to Oct. 1.

TUSD board President Kristel Foster led that drive and reacted to the Governor's announcement.

Foster says she's frustrated because the district is still in a holding pattern.

"There are metrics that the state is still figuring out and we'll hear those metrics on Aug. 7th. I don't understand why those metrics can't be released and figured out now," said Foster.

She says many teachers still feel uneasy about school safety. "So I'm still hearing the teachers don't know if they're going to come back to work and that wasn't alleviated in today's message."

That's a critical concern because, she says, there might be not enough teachers to start classroom learning.

"40 to 45 percent of our families who are requesting in-person and we certainly don't have 45 percent of our teachers who are comfortable going back to teach. We have 20% of our teachers," said Foster.

Foster says he's asking Superintendent Trujillo to provide an update on the state's development during next week's board meeting.