Statement: New CDC guidelines are a good first step, now investment must be made to make it happen

February 12, 2021

CEA President Amie Baca-Oehlert:
New CDC guidelines are a good first step, now investment must be made to make it happen
Students and educators deserve all the resources they need to ensure a safe in-person learning environment

DENVER, CO – The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a new operational strategy guide for K-12 schools to help communities move toward the safe delivery of in-person instruction.

The following statement can be attributed to Amie Baca-Oehlert, high school counselor and president of the Colorado Education Association:

“Today’s new CDC guidelines confirm what we’ve been saying for the past year: in-person instruction is best but safety has to be the number one priority for both students and educators. While the new CDC guidelines are a good first step, every community must commit to containing the spread of the virus and schools need to be provided the resources they need to keep classrooms open, staffed and safe. Parents need predictability when it comes to switching learning environments, if the need arises.

“Finally, every public school should be a safe place for students and school staff, no matter what neighborhood it serves. Now that we have clearer CDC guidance, state and local decision makers need to be able to look educators, students, and parents in the eyes and guarantee that safety is of the utmost concern while we work collaboratively to ensure a safe return to in-person learning.”

About the Colorado Education Association
The Colorado Education Association is the voice of 39,000 educators, working together in a strong union to ensure all students get the exceptional public schools they deserve, in every neighborhood across the state. As Colorado’s largest labor union, CEA works collectively with all education stakeholders to ensure Colorado’s standing as an excellent state in which to learn, live, work, and raise a family.

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