Teachers are more and more being asked to bear the brunt of the battle with COVID19. As I mentioned in a prior post, Gov. Abbott has ordered that school districts provide in-person instruction to any student desiring it. See my prior post here.

Yet, neither the state or federal governments have offered the districts any additional resources to meet this need. The teachers in Northeast Independent School District fear for their safety. The district expects about half of its students to come on campus for in-person teaching. But, the district is not providing adequate safeguards. The Texas State Teachers Association has filed a grievance with the Northeast ISD on behalf of those NEISD teachers.

NEISD is the second largest district in San Antonio. It has some 60,000 students and 80 campuses.

The union objects to the lack of limits on the classroom size. Through Phase 3, the class sized had been limited to 12 students. But, now in Phase 5, there is no size limit. The district has also not adequately distributed personal protective equipment (PPE). See San Antonio Express-News report for more information. I expect as the school year progresses, there will be more such grievances.